£ 12.50 / £ 10.00 concessions (£ 10.50 Whitechapel Gallery Members, £ 8.40 Whitechapel Gallery Concession Members). *Proof of concessions and membership to be shown on the door.
The Voice and the Lens is a festival exploring the treasures of the human voice, conjured up for our eyes through film and performance. Over three days, the programme features works by 55 artists, musicians and film-makers, ranging from classics to recent and brand new works.
For the festival finale, the Whitechapel Gallery hosts an afternoon of films and performances by 20 artists. Highlights include: Bill Viola’s Anthem; Bruce McLean and Adam de la Cour’s Drumstick; Anri Sala’s Answer Me; Robert Ashley’s classic Atalanta Strategy; recent work by Imogen Stidworthy, Helen Petts, Laure Prouvost and Lina Lapelyte; and specially-made new work by AMAE and Pier Giorgio De Pinto with philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy.
The relationship between the voice and the camera is a filter through which we explore a number of linked ideas, in particular: sound and image; original and copy; liveness and mediation; presence and absence. And it ultimately stages the relationship between different ways of experiencing and constructing individual and collective self-identities.
Introduction by the curators
Sam Taylor-Johnson, Mute, 2001
Extract from David Lynch, Mulholland Drive, 2001
Bruce McLean and Adam de la Cour, Drumstick, 2012
Sepideh Saii, Behind The Scene, 2010
Neil Luck and Fiona Bevan, Gaze, 2012
Break. Elsewhere in the galleries artist Simon Lewandowski demonstrates and performs with his automatic voice machines
Imogen Stidworthy: In conversation…
Adam de la Cour performing: Mauricio Kagel, Con Voce, 1972
Anri Sala, Answer Me, 2008
AMAE and Pier Giorgio De Pinto with Jean Luc Nancy, 58(+1) Indices on the body, 2014
Sam Belinfante, Focus, 2012
Lina Lapelye, Dearest!, 2014
Laure Prouvost, It, Heat, Hit, 2010
Bill Viola, Anthem, 1983
Dante Rendle Traynor, Travel, song, singing, screen, voice, silly: a new work?, 2014
Helen Petts, with Phil Minton and Ute Wassermann, The Cutty Wren, 2009; Ute on the marshes, 2010
Robert Ashley, Atalanta Strategy, 1984
Mikhail Karikis with Adam de la Cour, 102 Years Out of Sync, 2013
The Voice and the Lens was first developed at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, with support from Sound and Music, the PRS for Music Foundation, Birmingham City University, and from the Institute for Musical Research. Supported by Arts Council England.
In association with Sam Belinfante and Ed McKeon (Third Ear).