Bill Fontana. Primal Energies


Opening: 12.03.2020, 7pm CANCELED. The exhibition will be accessible from July 1st.

In cooperation with the University of Art Graz, Ö1 Kunstradio (ORF), Radio Helsinki,, FunkFeuer Graz and the ‘Kultur inklusiv’ Project
Supported by AVL Cultural Foundation


Curated by: Katrin Bucher Trantow
Venue: Space01

About the exhibition

With a site specific and live audio-visual installation on renewable energies, the sound pioneer Bill Fontana dives into the acoustic and visual structures of water, wind and geothermal energy.

Since the beginning of his artistic career, Fontana has been challenging environmental questions through the possibility of a holistic perception of the “overlooked”. As in the famous case of his early project Sonic Projections from Schloßberg in Graz (1988), Fontana uses the culturally defined environment as the source of his musical information that he offers through transmission and composition to a wider public.

Beyond instrumented and composed music, his work centres on the activation of conscious listening and an awareness of sound qualities and harmonies in cultural production and everyday life. With the help of continuously evolving technical instruments and unfamiliar localization, he makes characteristics of landscapes, and manmade architecture and engineering perceivable, while creating site specific, and locally rooted immersive sound sculptures. In his most recent audio-visual work, acoustic and visual patterns overlap in mesmerizing harmony "so as to become fully present" (Fontana).

On Bill Fontanas web page you can dive into the ambisonic recording of the exhibition and its different soundscapes. Tip: Please use headphones. 

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Kunsthaus Graz

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Opening Hours
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Guided Tours
Sat 3:30pm, Sun and public holidays 11am (ger), Sun 2pm (en). Times may vary. For specific dates, please visit our calendar. Guided tours also on advance notice.

Architecture tours
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Open again from 15.05.2020
Mon-Thurs 9am-11pm
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