Integral to artist and composer Sergei Tcherepnin’s work is an ongoing fascination with how materials can receive and transmit sound. Through his performances, sculptures, and videos, he considers how visual experiences are part of a larger multisensory network. For the 2014 Biennial, the artist attached surface transducers—devices that convert signals into vibrations—onto eight of the Marcel Breuer−designed light fixtures in the Museum’s Lobby. These small mechanisms allow sections of the overhead lighting system to emit sound, creating what the artist describes as “speaker-instruments.”
Ambient Marcel (Waiting, Working, Erupting) plays continuously, but the synthesizer-derived tones and harpsichord sounds, as well as silent passages, wind through variable moods and sonorities depending on the time of day. Although the Lobby typically functions as a transitional space between the world outside and the art inside, Tcherepnin redefines it as a place to pause and actively listen.
Sergei Tcherepnin’s work is on view in the Museum Lobby.
Academy Records and Matt Hanner
Ei Arakawa and Carissa Rodriguez
Robert Ashley and Alex Waterman
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna
Paravel, and Sensory Ethnography Lab
Critical Practices Inc.
Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst
Radamés “Juni” Figueroa
Gaylen Gerber with David Hammons,
Sherrie Levine, and Trevor Shimizu
Tony Greene curated by Richard
Hawkins and Catherine Opie
Yve Laris Cohen
My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon
and Alexandro Segade)
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Steve Reinke with Jessie Mott
Valerie Snobeck and Catherine Sullivan
Charline von Heyl
David Foster Wallace