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Ari Benjamin Meyers - In Concert at OGR Torino © Andrea Rossetti
Performance

Ari Benjamin Meyers

American artist and composer Ari Benjamin Meyers has been commissioned to create a new performance at an offsite venue, the former seat of the European Parliament (1979-1981) now part of the European Convention Centre of Luxembourg. In using this symbolic place originally built for debate and decision-making, Meyers’s immersive performance considers codes of power and surveillance. Taking the phenomenon of weather as a starting point, the work will investigate predictability (or lack thereof) and the insatiable human need for prognoses, progress and domination over our planet.

Musicians, performers and technicians will collectively interact in the space, reflecting on the climate crisis as well as the increasingly dramatic and irrational relationship between humans and nature, between humans and their future on the planet. Meyers’s work explores structures and processes that redefine the performative, social and ephemeral nature of music and music making. His compositions, installations, exhibitions and performances seek to challenge the relationship between performer and audience, providing a space for the practice of musicians and composers, blending and blurring the contexts and structures of music with those of visual arts. More recently his work has focused on the public and civic sphere and has involved large-scale communal rituals, even the founding of entirely new orchestras. Trained as a composer and conductor at The Juilliard School, Yale University and the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, Meyers first became more widely known in the context of the visual and performative arts in 2007 as musical director and conductor of the group exhibition Il Tempo del Postino (Manchester International Festival, 2007, and Art Basel, 2009).

Biography
Ari Benjamin Meyers (b. 1972, New York) received his training as a composer and conductor at The Juilliard School, Yale University, and Peabody Institute. His work has been presented at various venues and festivals internationally including Unlimited Night at Art Basel (2022); Museum Abteilberg, Mönchengladbach (2022); Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (2022); Ludwig Forum Aachen (2022); Theater Treffen, Berlin (2022); MAAT, Lisbon (2022); Beaufort Triennial (2021); Urbane Künste Ruhr (2021); Yellow Solo, Berlin (2020); Blitz Club, Munich (2020); Neues Museum Nürnberg (2020); Schering Stiftung, Berlin (2020); MCA Santa Barbara (2019); Kunstverein Kassel (2019); OGR Turin (2019); VAC Foundation, Moscow (2019); Frac Franche-Comté (2019); Pinault Collection, Punta della Dogana, Venice (2019); Liverpool Biennial (2018); Nowy Teatr, Warsaw (2018); Public Art Munich (2018); Witte de With, Rotterdam (2018); Sonic Somatic Festival, Florence (2018); Biennale de Lyon (2017); Lenbachhaus, Munich (2017); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2016). Meyers has often worked collaboratively and has realised multiple joint projects with artists such as Tino Sehgal, Anri Sala, and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, as well as with bands such as The Residents, Chicks on Speed, and Einstürzende Neubauten. He lives and works in Berlin.

Credits

Location:
Hémicycle: 1 Rue du Fort Thüngen, 1499 Luxembourg
Curator:
  • Joel Valabrega