“The work must show something and at the same time remain mysterious. It must surpass itself and reveal something that was not visible before. It means that she makes something visible that is already there, but is in a state that is not perceived, in a state of latency. If that then triggers astonishment and is possibly even funny, then the work functions.” (Karin Sander in a conversation with Harald Welzer, 1.1.2002)
The project surprises the visitor with a seemingly empty exhibition space. On the white walls of the Galerie nächst St. Stephan — where one would usually find works and descriptive labels — the names of the invited artists can be seen. The works themselves remain invisible — at first glance. For Zeigen. Eine Audiotour, Sander invited fellow artists to translate their own work into an acoustic piece. The very different realizations — performed, sung, spoken, recited — can be accessed individually via an audio guide. Through headphones, visitors are offered a new level of perception which leads from the familiar visual approach to artworks towards an auditory, imaginative experience, offering scope for different mental visualizations.
“Seeing does not always mean comprehending, but those who hear see images that mix with the given situation. Admittedly, one message resounds from all the pieces: that a statement cannot replace an object. But at the same time all contributions reveal: that with the acceptance of the rules of the game something is given away that speaks and wants to be representative. Even the wittiest evasive maneuvers are gestures of an unmistakable character: the exhibition is the assembly of its acoustic representatives. The white cell, prepared according to the event, results in the hollow form of the pleasurably enjoyed, social perception, the sounding signs of the participants form its foundation. The art lies exactly in between!” (Reinhard Ermen, 2005)
Artists: Adam Adach, John Armleder, Ingólfur Arnasson, Stephen Bambury, Sabine Boehl, Herbert Brandl, Ernst Caramelle, Alan Charlton, Heinrich Dunst, Helmut Federle, Rainer Ganahl, Franz Graf, Tumi Magnússon, Isa Melsheimer, Finnbogi Pétursson, Julius Popp, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Erik Steffensen, Jessica Stockholder, Günter Umberg, James Welling und Heimo Zobernig. Other artists participating in the audiotour: Polly Apfelbaum, John Baldessari, Reto Boller, Sylvie Fleury, Hamish Fulton, Katharina Grosse, Allan McCollum, Manfred Pernice, Julius Popp, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Adrian Schiess, Stefan Thiel and Lawrence Weiner.
CD available with the audio contributions of all artists and an introduction by Angelika Nollert, Siemens Arts Program, Munich.