TONSPUR 91

LEE RANALDO / LEAH SINGER

FERMATA

Fermata is a musical term that is simply defined as a pause or hold. The expression ultimately is a permission for the artist to freely decide how to react to a note, chord or rest in a charted score. This can be further interpreted to broadly mean something is empty or full, silent or sonic, moving or still. The freeze frame of a hand in motion is the equivalent of a pause or a prolonged note in the music. The durational and unrestrictive concept also relates to the TONSPUR_passage guest who can choose to pause, listen and look, or walk on.

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TONSPUR 91
FERMATA

8-channel sound work, 7-part series of A1 images
duration 9’00’’
idea & concept Lee Ranaldo & Leah Singer
electronics, instruments, recordings, audio editing Lee Ranaldo
design A1 images Leah Singer
installation set up Peter Szely
production TONSPUR Kunstverein Wien
artistic director Georg Weckwerth
special thanks Wolfgang Leitner, Martin Siewert

TONSPUR_passage / MQ Wien
29.8.22 – 10.12.22
daily 10 – 20 h
9:00 min

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TONSPUR for a public space

Tonspur (literally soundtrack) is a classical German term used in talking about visual and acoustic media, it is also the title of a truly unique project situated since 2003 in the Museumsquartier Wien as well as a temporary presence at other international locations.
The white cube is to the visual arts what urban public space is for sound art — that crossover between fine art, media art and music. The TONSPUR_passage in the Museumsquartier Wien (since 2006) or, venue for a while, Schlossplatz in the centre of Berlin (2009–2012), or the passage at the old Town Hall in Maribor in Slovenia (2016–2020) are just such public spaces. These locations are regularly passed as people traverse town, or during their exploratory forays through the metropolises. Artists from all disciplines and from around the world are developing and realising computer-controlled sound works in the TONSPUR series specially for these transitory locations. Their multi-channel compositions take sound well beyond the usual stereophonic experience, creating captivating acoustic architectures and sound spaces.
But TONSPUR offers more: a varied and interdisciplinary engagement with sound as a sculptural and malleable medium in contemporary art is broadened by concerts, sound performances and live streams, lectures and book presentations, workshops and guided tours, the TONSPUR_expanded series of exhibitions, the TONSPUR_library and the TONSPUR_display as well as special projects with art in public space or the TONSPUR_tribute show “Membra Disjecta for John Cage” and, last but not least, international guest appearances with the TONSPUR_collection.
TONSPUR unites artists from various disciplines acoustically while introducing its audience to a broader notion of the reception of art and of art itself. In this sense, TONSPUR für einen öffentlichen raum addresses everybody who encounters the city and art with their eyes and ears open.

Georg Weckwerth
founder, chairman, artistic director
TONSPUR Kunstverein Wien

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