New Commissions

The Ensemble will perform newly commissioned works by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Jonathan Bepler, Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, and The Residents, as well as a repertoire of existing pieces collected from artists and composers. The exhibition also includes three of Meyers’ performance-based music works: Serious ImmobilitiesDuet, and Anthem.

Commissioned Artists

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (1965, FR) practice is restlessly cross-disciplinary, taking cues from film, literature, architecture, philosophy and critical theory. Through immersive installations that include film or are suggestive of filmic tropes, Gonzalez-Foerster uses the medium of experience as a way to question the essences of objects and the meaning of context. Often relying on elliptical texts that place equal weight on fiction, fact, and the pluralism of memory, Gonzalez-Foerster creates heterogeneous worlds that thrive on the tension between finite and infinite, the empirical and the dramaturgical.

Jonathan Bepler (1959, US) is a composer who has worked extensively in collaborative and site-specific contexts. His wide-ranging techniques include improvisation, conduction, and alternative notations, and he often engages unexpected performers. Frequent collaborators include choreographers Sasha Waltz and John Jasperse, and artist Matthew Barney. He has been guest professor at Karlsruhe University of Art and Design since 2015.

Libia Castro (1970, ES) and Ólafur Ólafsson (1973, ISL) are collaborative artists based in Rotterdam and Berlin. Formed in 1997, their artistic practice – executed across media and a variety of genres and disciplines, from political history, through gender studies and sociology – concentrates on the phenomena of exclusion and exploitation within an injured world of non-belonging and denied participation.

The Residents are an American art collective and rock band best known for avant-garde music and multimedia works. Their musical output usually falls within two categories: deconstructions of Western popular music, and complex conceptual pieces composed around a theme, theory, or plot. The Residents have been regarded as icons in the world of experimental music for over forty years and to this day their members remain anonymous.