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The Serpentine gallery pleased to announced an exhibition of Anri Sala‘s exhibition will start from 1st October. A central premise of this exhibition is that most of the works presented at the Serpentine either use a live performance as their starting point or could lead to a performance in the future.

The exhibition is conceived as a cycle, or loop, structured around pairs of works that echo each other. Answer Me, 2008, was filmed in the abandoned dome of a Buckminster Fuller-designed surveillance station and uses the structure’s unique architecture to investigate the effect of space on the production of sound. The dome’s distinctive echo, triggered in the film by a man playing the drums in the large, empty space, drowns out all of the dialogue spoken by the female character, with the exception of the words that give the film its title. The drum that is ‘played’ by the dome’s echo in Answer Me appears in the first room of the exhibition as Doldrum, a snare drum activated by the inaudible low frequencies of the film’s soundtrack.

Two of Sala’s most recent films deconstruct and reconfigure a well known punk song. In Le Clash, 2010, performers play renditions of the song Should I Stay or Should I Go through a barrel organ and a music box outside a derelict concert hall in Bordeaux. While in Tlatelolco Clash, 2011, figures among the ruins of the Tlatelolco site in Mexico City randomly insert fragments of a musical score into a barrel organ, creating a disjointed version of the same song. Both films play at the same time in the exhibition; the continuous and disjointed renditions of the song echo each other across the gallery space.

Anri Sala
Date: October 1st – November 20th, 2011
Place: Serpentine Gallery
Open: 10:00-18:00
Address: Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA
Tel: +44 0 20 7402 6075

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