The New Trade

The New Trade
Temporary exhibition
20/06/2012
- 26/08/2012
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Curator: 
Pedro Gomes
The New Trade
Temporary exhibition
20/06/2012
- 26/08/2012
Floor: 
0
Curator: 
Pedro Gomes
Body: 

Organised in two parts, The New Trade puts in perspective a series of artistic works mainly focused on music, transposed to a museological reality, giving them an exhibitive dimension.

In the first section, which brings together a selection of works starting from late 19th century, The New Trade physically materialises and exhibits pieces that are part of a history which runs parallel to the one of the artistic production created for the art market and collectors. This retrospective section presents a variety of compositional vocabularies, unified by the singularity and purity of their vision and materialisation, albeit the diverse typologies of execution of the works: from performance and documentation, to works designed to exist as music installations, to devices that can be activated throughout the exhibition.

The artists in the second section of the exhibition, consisting of new contemporary works, are all primarily musicians. By way of their wide understanding not only of their original craft, but also of the possibilities of its extension, through the manifolds of its objectual, scenic and poetic materialisation, linked to the point of origin of their work, these artists use these visionary capabilities to create a different kind of artwork, one that envisions a place in the archetypal morphology of the current exhibition space. Acoustics, temporality, mobility or scale, are reinvigorated as subjects and materials. And, above all, the music-object, calibrated to the museological universe – its space and its participants –, takes on a new life.

From the viewpoint of the visitor, two possible routes are suggested. One, taking on a narrative sequence that threads through the great majority of the works presented, will function on a circular timed schedule. For the pieces that are only activated in performance there will be a handout programme available.

The other route offers the visitor a freer itinerary, with the option for a solitary experience of the exhibition at their own pace. Audio devices with the sound for the various works in the exhibition, will be available to the public. In addition to having quality sound, visitors can take on personalised control over the duration and volume of the sound in their experience of each object.

Pedro Gomes, Filho Único

 

On the occasion of the staging of this exhibition a website was created to serve a triple purpose as catalogue, archive and schedule for the event.

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Artists:
Alvin Lucier
Black Dice
Charlemagne Palestine
Edgard Varèse
Erik Satie
Excepter
Fala Mariam
Gavin Bryars
Jandek
John Cage
Le Corbusier
Leon Theremin
Lou Reed
Luigi Russolo
Marcel Duchamp
Maurice Martenot
Olivier Messiaen
Sei Miguel
William Basinski
Yves Klein

The New Trade