ROTTERDAM.- From 25 January 2018 till 3 March 2018, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art has been turned into the Kunsthalle for Music, a contemporary space for the live exhibition of musical works.
“Music is not necessarily what you think it is. Can we imagine a space for music that exists outside of any media and beyond the stage? A space for un-recordable music, music of undefined duration, existing even when no audience is present? A dissolution of performer and audience, of rehearsal and performance? How can we imagine contemporary music, composition, and music performance as contemporary art today?” — from Ari Benjamin Meyers’ manifesto for the Kunsthalle for Music.
Kunsthalle for Music is a project by Ari Benjamin Meyers investigating what it means to create a new institution for music in an art context today. Departing from historical precedents situated at the cross-section of music and visual art, Kunsthalle for Music instantiates — for the first time —a ‘musical situation’ in which the ensemble itself, and their enacting of performance-based repertoire, wholly constitutes the exhibition.