...menu for murmur at Chapman Gallery, Salford

…menu for murmur

Curators: Ben Gwilliam,  Helmut Lemke

Tuesday 1 June – Friday 25 June

Performance: Saturday 5 June, 5.00 – 7.00pm

A menu, tables but no food… instead tables laid with objects producing sound.

…menu for murmur is an experiment that will show new and exciting Sound Work, which acknowledges the subtle interactions of different sound work and highlights trust between artists.

As many regulars of sound art will attest, the presentation of such work in group exhibitions can be problematic due to the very nature of noise itself; its ever-penetrating, omni-directional nature resulting in unintentionally overlapping sounds. Rather than viewing the overlapping of noises as a disturbance, …menu for murmur takes such sound bleed as its central concern.

Curators Ben Gwilliam and Helmut Lemke have invited international sound artists to contribute individual pieces that will stand on their own but will also create a new collaborative piece …menu for murmur. The sound objects, which include electorinic devices, rulers and even a desk fan, will consciously be arranged in one space far and near.

Sounds will be heard simultaneously, individually and in collaboration; close listening events as well as more cacophonous ones will emerge throughout the duration of the exhibition, considered by Gwilliam and Lemke to be one continuous performance.

Helmut said: “We have 26 artists from all over the world who are contributing to this exhibition. They’ve had to put a lot of trust in us to create a meaningful piece using their individual creations, but we’ve come up with a truly diverse and interactive piece of work which combines visual and audio art.