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Broadcast exclusively on ikonoTV on

Berlin / NY / Shanghai Time

In December 2016 on Internet stream, SmartTV app, Amazon Fire TV, AppleTV.
Or watch it anytime on ikono On Demand


William Kentridge - Ei Wada - Mikhail Basov & Natalia Basova - Ulrike Haage - Mounir Fatmi - Adel Abadin - Jaan Toomik - Romy Pocztaruk - Feng Cheng - Pierce Warnecke - Mateo Amaral - Thorsten Fleisch - Neil Harbisson - Carlotta Piccinini - Daniel Schwarz & Davide Cairo


The special program Audible Forms focuses on the use, representation and visualization of music in contemporary art, bringing together both synaesthetic and non-synaesthetic approaches with a particular focus on video works. The title quotes the homonymous work by Italian artist
Michele Spanghero.

The first part of Audible Forms brings together works employing instruments and sound techniques in an experimental or metaphorical manner. Berlin-based composer Ulrike Haage’s work “Between Sound and Silence” (2013) explores the particular sound of the monastery Lüne in Lüneburg, with a poetic interplay of sound and image. Russian artists Mikhail Basov and Natalia Basova’s silent work “Film for Imaginary Music” (2014), shows an old vinyl disc incessantly rolling along the shore, driven by an invisible external force. In Romy Pocztaruk’s “Suite Transbrasil” (2011), an old phonograph inside a fish tank plays Omar Fontoura’s composition, especially created for the unveiling of the Trans-Amazonian Highway in 1972. The program also features works by Adel Abidin, Mounir Fatmi, William Kentridge and Jaan Toomik.

The second part of Audible Forms focuses on synaesthetic techniques and the visualization of music. NY-based artist Neil Harbisson was born colorblind and is the first person in the world who has an antenna implanted in his head which allows him to listen to colours by transforming chromatic shades into specific tunes. His work “Sonochromatic Music Scale” (2011) introduces us to his peculiar way of seeing colors exclusively through sounds. Mateo Amaral’s ongoing project “Una Piedra Negra” is a digital animation in the form of experimental abstraction, ranging from science fiction, noise and psychedelia. Pierce Warnecke’s work explores the hidden, frantic life of inanimate objects by experimenting with abstract manipulation of sounds and images (“Silent Light Reveals the Unreal”, 2016). Audible Forms also includes works by Thorsten Fleisch, Carlotta Piccinini, and Daniel Schwarz & Davide Cairo.


Curated by Vanina Saracino