Double Lives. Visual Artists Making Music. Group Exhibition at MUMOK, Vienna

The exhibition Double Lives is a group exhibition at MUMOK in Vienna (Austria) that has its focus on visual artists who wrote or produced music, who performed music in public, or who were or are members of artists’ bands. The exhibition, curated by curated by Eva Badura-Triska und Edek Bartz, really “exhibits” music, with large projections of videos and photographs of concert and studio performances that give visitors a sense of being there “live,” while also illustrating the significance of different kinds of performance situation.

Among the videos that Double Lives features are two films that VernissageTV has produced: Angela Bulloch & David Grubbs: The Wired Salutation; and Jutta Koether / Performance at Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich.

The artists and works in the show range from the early twentieth century to the present day. There is Marcel Duchamp and the futurists, Yves Klein and Fluxus artists Nam June Paik and Yoko Ono, key figures from the 1960s and 1970s such as A. R. Penck, Hanne Darboven, Gerhard Rühm, and Hermann Nitsch. Representatives of proto-punk like Captain Beefheart and Alan Vega were precursors of the many artists’ bands of the 1980s, in which artists like Mike Kelley, Albert Oehlen, Heimo Zobernig, and Pipilotti Rist played. The stylistically more heterogeneous scene of the 1990s to today is represented by Jutta Koether, Stephen Prina, Angela Bulloch, Carsten Nicolai, Christian Marclay, Billy Childish, Emily Sundblad, and others.

This video documents the opening of the exhibition, featuring a live concert with visuals by Phill Niblock with Martin Zrost.

Double Lives. Visual Artists Making Music. Group Exhibition at MUMOK, Vienna (Austria). Vernissage, June 22, 2018.

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Participating artists/musicians/bands

Alva Noto (Carsten Nicolai); Laurie Anderson; Christian Ludwig Attersee; Beauties of the Night (Christian Egger, Manuel Gorkiewicz, Markus Krottendorfer, Alexander Wolff); John Cage; Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band (Alex St. Clair Snouffer, Jeff Cotton, Jerry Handley, John French); Charlemagne Palestine; Chicken (Hari Ganglberger, Nicholas Hoffman, Katrin Plavčak); Tony Conrad; Martin Creed & Band; DA EAT (Stefan Branca, Mattias Vatter, Phillip Zaiser, Thomas Zipp), Hanne Darboven; Destroy all Monsters (Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, Jim Shaw, Niagara); Die Tödliche Doris (Tabea Blumenschein, Käthe Kruse, Wolfgang Müller, Nikolaus Utermöhlen); Essachai Vow (Christian Kosmas Mayer, Alexander Wolff); Marcel Duchamp; GRAF+ZYX; Hotel Morphila Orchester (Paul Braunsteiner, Loys Egg, Franz Machek, Wolfgang Stelzer, Peter Weibel); Yves Klein; Jutta Koether; Laibach (Milan Fras, Dejan Knez, Daniel Landin, Ivan Novak); Les Reines Prochaines (Teresa Alonso, Fränzi Madörin, Muda Mathis, Pipilotti Rist, Regina Florida Schmid); Christian Marclay; Molto Brutto (Gunther Damisch, Josef Danner, Blihal, Andreas Kunzmann, Gerwald Rockenschaub); Monoton; Phill Niblock; Hermann Nitsch; Markus Oehlen; Yoko Ono; O.T. (Lothar Fiedler, Helge Leiberg, A. R. Penck, Christoph Winckel); Nam June Paik; Pas Paravant (Felix Dorner, Karl Kowanz, Renate Kowanz-Kocer, Wolfgang Poor, Günther Schrom, ManfreDu Schu, Wolfgang Stengel, Hans Weigand); Stephen Prina; Gerhard Rühm; Luigi Russolo; Selten gehörte Musik (Günter Brus, Hermann Nitsch, Dieter Roth, Gerhard Rühm, Oswald Wiener); Suicide (Alan Vega, Martin Rev); Emily Sundblad mit Pete Drungle und Ensemble, The Alma Band (Herbert Brandl, Josef Danner, Martin Kippenberger, Albert Oehlen, Markus Oehlen); The Pop Rivets (Brand Buds, Wild Billy Childish, Big Russ, Little Russ), The Red Krayola with Art & Language (Kathryn Bigelow, Ian Burn, Jesse Chamberlain, Christine Kozlov, Nigel Lendon, Mel Ramsden, Paula Ramsden, Terry Smith, Mayo Thompson); The Wired Salutation (Andrea Belfi, Angela Bulloch, David Grubbs, Stefano Pilia); Throbbing Gristle (Chris Carter, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Peter Christopherson, Genesis P-Orridge), Wolfgang Tillmans, Trabant (Viðar Hákon Gíslason, Þorvaldur H. Gröndal, Ragnar Kjartansson, Gísli Galdur Thorgeirsson, Hlynur Aðils Vilmarsson), Wendy Gondeln (Albert Oehlen); Heimo Zobernig with Marcus Geiger, Martin Guttmann, Hans Weigand.

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