8/15/13 Soundings : A Contemporary Score is the long awaited sound art survey currently on view at MOMA. At the entrance one first encounters Sergei Tcherepnin’s bench from a subway platform, which is fitted to vibrate as if a train is passing in the tunnel below. Tristan Perich's wall piece for 1500 small speakers at first appears to be an elegant piece of op minimalism emitting white noise, but on closer inspection each speaker is emitting a different pitch. Jacob Kirkegaard's Aion utilizes layered room tones recorded in Chernobyl, played against projected time-lapse scenes of those locations, in his own chamber in the exhibit. Jana Winderen has created an immersive multi-channel piece, consisting of field recordings of high frequencies from bats, shrimp etc that are normally outside the range of human hearing, pitched into our hearing range. Carsten Nicolai's sleek sculpture uses sound frequencies to vibrate reflected pools of water into clean, shivering graphic spirals. NY based Uruguyan Richard Garet presents an amplified turntable endlessly rolling a marble as a sisyphean statement. The show was carefully curated and presented by MOMA’s Barbara London.
Artists on display at the show are Luke Fowler (Scottish, b. 1978), Toshiya Tsunoda (Japanese, b. 1964), Marco Fusinato (Australian, b. 1964), Richard Garet (Uruguayan, b. 1972), Florian Hecker (German, b. 1975), Christine Sun Kim (American, b. 1980), Jacob Kirkegaard (Danish, b. 1975), Haroon Mirza (British, b. 1977), Carsten Nicolai (German, b. 1965), Camille Norment (American, b. 1970), Tristan Perich (American, b. 1982), Susan Philipsz (Scottish, b. 1965), Sergei Tcherepnin (American, b. 1981), Hong-Kai Wang (Taiwanese, b. 1971), Jana Winderen (Norwegian, b. 1965), and Stephen Vitiello (American, b. 1964).