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Bill Fontana

Primal Energies and Sonic Projections

11.03.-07.06.2020 19:00


Re-enactment Sonic Projections as part of the 'Graz Year of Culture 2020'

In cooperation with the 'Kultur inklusiv' project ,Ö1 Kunstradio (ORF), Radio Helsinki, mur.at, University of Art Graz, FunkFeuer Graz and the History Museum

Supported by AVL Cultural Foundation

 

Kunsthaus Graz, Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz

 

Curated by Katrin Bucher Trantow
Press tour: 11.03.2020, 11 am
Opening: 12.03.2020, 7 pm
Duration: 13.03.–07.06.2020

 

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About the exhibition

In spring 2020 Bill Fontana, the American sound artist active on the international stage for decades, comes to Graz with a solo exhibition and the re-enactment Sonic Projections. As a former student of John Cage, Dick Higgens and Alison Knowles, his work today stands for a continuation of radical concepts of the 1970s – for example, the urge to leave the studio – and so links up with the exhibition CalArts that is showing parallel to this. Fontana will show two live installations created for the location, one in the Kunsthaus Graz, the other in the city. In the domed room of the Kunsthaus Graz, he enables the visitor to experience renewable energies in the room as a physical intervention, by means of multi-dimensional soundscapes and picture montages, while in the urban space the conciliatory tones of nature and culture found in the re-enactment of Sonic Projections sound forth. In 1988, with this sound work as part of the steirischer herbst festival, Fontana sent out into the city from the Schlossberg sounds from around the world, and their urban echo through all of Austria via the ORF. The re-enactment uses new technologies and is devoted to today’s city on the acoustic level. As a recurring sound it thus functions as a means of orientation to time and space, as a trigger of memory and deliberate perception, plumbing what is currently an ever-more delicate construct of urban needs and strains.

 

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Portraits of Bill Fontana Expand Box

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Portrait of Bill Fontana, Kunsthaus Graz, 2020,
Portrait of Bill Fontana, Kunsthaus Graz, 2020,

Photo: © Stefan Emsenhuber


Kunsthaus Graz-Bill Fontana-01-copyrights by stefan emsenhuber.jpg (3.4 MB)

Portrait of Bill Fontana, Kunsthaus Graz, 2020,
Portrait of Bill Fontana, Kunsthaus Graz, 2020,

Photo: © Stefan Emsenhuber


Kunsthaus Graz-Bill Fontana-02-copyrights by stefan emsenhuber.jpg (3.14 MB)

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Bill Fontana, "Hydro Power Landscape", 2019
Bill Fontana, "Hydro Power Landscape", 2019

(Videostill)


Sujet-Bill-Fontana-Power-Landscape-2019.jpg (0.96 MB)

"Sonic Projections",
"Sonic Projections",

© Bill Fontana, 2019


Sujet-Sonic-Projections.jpg (1.03 MB)

Bill Fontana, "Primal Sonic Visions", 2018,
Bill Fontana, "Primal Sonic Visions", 2018,

© Bill Fontana


Bill-Fontana-Primal-Sonic-Visions-2018-01.jpg (0.6 MB)

Bill Fontana, "Primal Sonic Visions", 2018,
Bill Fontana, "Primal Sonic Visions", 2018,

© Bill Fontana


Bill-Fontana-Primal-Sonic-Visions-2018-02.jpg (0.57 MB)

Bill Fontana, "Primal Sonic Visions", 2018,
Bill Fontana, "Primal Sonic Visions", 2018,

© Bill Fontana


Bill-Fontana-Primal-Sonic-Visions-2018-03.jpg (0.3 MB)

Bill Fontana, "Primal Sonic Visions", 2018,
Bill Fontana, "Primal Sonic Visions", 2018,

© Bill Fontana


Bill-Fontana-Primal-Sonic-Visions-2018-04.jpg (0.54 MB)

Bill Fontana, "Primal Sonic Visions", 2018,
Bill Fontana, "Primal Sonic Visions", 2018,

© Bill Fontana


Bill-Fontana-Primal-Sonic-Visions-2018-05.jpg (0.83 MB)

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