We Shall Be All: Susan Philipsz at the Museum of Contemporary Art

[Susan Philipsz is a Scottish artist whose work involves her own singing.  In this installation she sings, among other things, the Internationale and features images that have particular significance to Chicago in this 125th year after the incident known simply by the watchword Haymarket.  The show starts Feb. 26 (although there is a reception to meet the artist the previous week) and extends through May Day to June 12– Lew Rosenbaum]

Susan Philipsz: We Shall Be All
February 26 – June 12, 2011

Susan Philipsz. Photographer, Taavetti Alin. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.

Related Programs
Susan Philipsz Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 6 pm

Tickets: $10, $8 MCA members, $6 students  Phillipsz shares the ideas behind this installation

Coffee & Art: Songs of Protest,
led by Bucky Halker
May 7, 10 am-12 pm mine the history and the contexts of the songs that became the source material for these works at the MCA.
2010 Turner Prize winner Susan Philipsz’s work expands the potential for the presentation of sound-oriented work within the gallery context, incorporating performative and site-specific aspects that draw on history, literature, and popular and folk music. Her installations feature strategically placed audio speakers within a given space that transmit a cappella versions of songs sung by the artist. 

Philipsz deliberately selects particular pieces of music to reinterpret vocally and then separates the multiple audio tracks so that the “viewer” experiences different voices as they move through a space, creating a situation in which familiar music is heard differently and the human voice is understood in a radically different and physically disorienting manner.

We Shall Be All is a sound installation commissioned for the MCA Collection that “explore[s] the spatial properties of sound, utilizing aspects of Chicago’s … complex political history” – particularly the use of slogans and statements associated with collective groups such as the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World).

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