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"25 Songs on 25 Lines of Words on Art Statement for Seven Voices and Dance"
2000-04-06 until 2000-05-06
University of South Australia Art Museum
ADELAIDE, SA, AU Australia

A very unique, multimedia installation opens at the University of SA Art Museum, on 6 April 2000, Songs, Lines, Words,Voices, Dance, and Art The University of South Australia Art Museum is hosting 25 Songs on 25 Lines of Words on Art Statement for Seven Voices and Dance, an installation by Joe Felber which boldly extends the boundaries of artistic collaboration in a manner rarely seen in Adelaide.

Felber has created this extraordinary multimedia experiential work - recently shown at the Art Gallery of NSW - in collaboration with dancer/choreographer Lucy Guerin and composer Elliott Gyger.Suspended light pendulums and long polished stainless steel tubes, pipe Gyger's musical composition for seven voices into the gallery - a visual and aural environment in which the viewer can move about. Traversing the space is the image of the dancer, Lucy Guerin, responding to the sounds, images and lightscapes. Felber's graphics complete the installation, drawing the audience back to Reinhardt's texts, which lie at the centre of this work.The starting point for 25 Songs is Ad Reinhardt's Black

Paintings, the undifferentiated monochromes from the 50s, alongside which Reinhardt made his notorious statements about the definition of art. Felber, Gyger and Guerin each respond in their own way to Reinhardt's work, pursuing similarities in relation to various media; visual art, music and dance. Together, they build a faceted, complex picture of the core themes in Reinhardt's work - 'negation', 'nothingness' and 'transcendence' - as they apply to all the arts.25

Songs involves Melbourne-based, Swiss artist Joe Felber, who conceived and developed the installation whilst undertaking a residency in Adelaide, Lucy Guerin, Adelaide born and a Centre for Performing Arts graduate who danced Robbery Waitress on Bail in the recent Adelaide Festival, and Sydney composer Elliott Gyger.

An impressive full-colour, bound catalogue, with CD designed by Adelaide based Alexander Musson accompanies this internationally touring exhibition.

Joe Felber will be in Adelaide for the opening of 25 Songs on Thursday 6 April from 5:30pm. The exhibition continues until 6 May and is open Tuesday to Friday from 11:00 to 5:00pm and on Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00pm.

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