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Shanghai, through art of sight and sound

A French-backed exhibition wrapping sounds of the city into artworks, “Listening to Transparency,” opens at the Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum today.

Curated by James Giroudon and specially produced by the Grame, the national center for musical creation in Lyon, the exhibition is also part of the China-wide Festival Croisements 2017 supported by the French Institute in Lyon and Wallonie-Bruxelles International.

Giroudon studied at the University of Lyon and graduated in art history, sociology and education. In 1992 in Lyon, he created the Musiques en Scène festival, which in 2002 became a biennial.

Also involved in curating exhibitions in China, Giroudon has been a curator at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum for the exhibition “Mobility, Sounds and Forms” (2010) and “Imminent Sounds” (2013-2014), and also at the 2011 International Electronic Music Week.

In 2014, he curated “Around the Sounds” at the A4 contemporary art center in Chengdu. 

“Listening to Transparency” is a group exhibition of sound-themed installations. It features nearly 44 audio-and-visual artworks by 26 artists.

Focusing on spatialization design with the application of any kind of transparent materials, most of these installation pieces convey the status of optics and ability of visual expression behind the meaning of “transparency.”

In the exhibition, sound usually appears when the visitors are in a silent condition between the tangible and the virtual world.

The collected installations refer to the improbability of borders and genres, and express a state of diversity of relationships between artistic fields.

Combining art pieces with light waves and sound vibrations, “Listening to Transparency” creates various listening situations and offers active visitor participation.

And in the process of getting involved, visitors will experience the complex relationship through diverse fields of arts spreading out through the museum, which might be autonomous, more or less remote, dissonant or fully integrated.

Layers by layers, the exhibition intends to “filter” various aspects of real life for inclusion and omission, so as to conjure up an aesthetic picture of the highly-extracted reality.

When the visitors enter this space that totally differs from their daily life with the diverse perceptions of the world from each artist of the exhibition, the art museum itself becomes a world full of different lights and shadows, silence and noises, as well as complexity and constant changes. 


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