In What Century Will the Earth’s North and South Poles Change Polarities?
– On, Of, For, With Ben Patterson
RESEARCH, EXHIBITION & PERFORMANCE PROJECT
In the framework of MaerzMusik – Festival for Time-Issues
WITH Benjamin Patterson
ON SHOW 20.03.–27.03.2022 Daily 14:00–19:00 &
31.03.–17.04.2022 Thursday–Sunday 14:00–19:00
OPENING AND INVOCATIONS 19.03.2022 15:00–00:00
WITH Benjamin Patterson, The String Archestra with Giuseppe Bottiglieri, Dr. Dr. Daniele G. Daude, Anthony R. Green, and Jessie Montgomery; Maria Colusi, Lucrecia Dalt, Maulwerker with Prof. Dr. Ariane Jessulat, Christian Kesten, Tilmann Walzer, and Steffi Weismann; Prof. Dr. George Lewis, Valerie Cassel Oliver, Dr. Tsitsi Ella Jaji, Linda Philomène Tsoungui, Dr. Christopher Williams
Event with 3G rule and mask.
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16:30 Christopher Williams Lecture
17:00 The String Archestra with George Lewis Conversation
16:30 Maulwerker* (Ariane Jessulat, Christian Kesten, Steffi Weismann) with Ann Noël Lecture
14:00–00:00 Sound Activation with historical frog sound recrodings in the exhibition
10:00–00:00 Sound Activation with historical frog sound recrodings in the exhibition
SAVVY TOURS IN SAVVY TONGUES
24.03.2022 18:00 In Arabic With Nancy Naser Al-Deen
14.04.2022 18:00 In English With the production team
15.04.2022 16:00 In Spanish With Manuela García Aldana
17.04.2022 15:00 In Hungarian With Lili Somogyi
17.04.2022 17:00 In English With Lili Somogyi
IF TIME BEGINS
AND ENDS WITH
Amidst the uncertainties, clamancies and nebulosity of our times, we must still find space to intro- and retrospect. Or is it to intro-audite and retro-audite? Indeed, we must find space and time to listen in and listen back. This project is a deliberation on and celebration of the seminal work of African-American artist Benjamin Patterson (1934–2016). It is an attempt to unsilence, re-enact and re-interpret the extensive body of work of one of the founding members of the Fluxus movement. It is a possibility to listen at ear level.
Six years after he transitioned to the greater beyond, it is time to take stock and time to commemorate Benjamin Patterson with a first comprehensive solo exhibition in Berlin. This exhibition will bring together original scores, texts, artworks, objects, videos, compositions and other archival material by Benjamin Patterson.
For the public INVOCATIONS programme, SAVVY Contemporary together with the Patterson Estate and MaerzMusik invites artists, curators, scholars and co-travellers to reflect and revive Patterson’s work of five decades. While being based on a multi-disciplinary curatorial approach that stems from Patterson’s worlds, this project wants to move beyond Fluxus, historically and artistically – a play on and with time, an archive in action.
This is a long term research by SAVVY Contemporary, which brings together works from five decades by Benjamin Patterson, including “When Elephants Fight, It Is the Frogs That Suffer (2016–17)”, commissioned for documenta14 (Athens and Kassel, 2017).
(1934 in Pittsburgh/USA – 2016 in Wiesbaden/Germany)
was a musician, artist, and composer as well as a classical double bassist and early co-founder of the Fluxus movement: a trailblazer of performance and action art. With irony, humour, and a full understanding of his own method of notations, Benjamin Patterson crosses the borders between varied art forms and opens spaces of collective possibilities, questioning the canon while opening the limits of what we call music.
Patterson received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1956, and his first professional stint in classical music performance began under the auspices of the Halifax Symphony Orchestra in Canada. In 1958, the United States Army conscripted him into its only symphonic orchestra based in Stuttgart, Germany. During the early 1960s, he collaborated with comrades creatives. When news media cemented “Fluxus” within a broader public in and around September 1962, exhibitions and events quickly manifested. Alongside Dorothy Rudd Moore, Steve Chambers, and Carmen Moore, Patterson co-founded the Society of Black Composers in 1968.
Much of Patterson’s artistic career was worldwide in scope, taking him to places such as Japan, Israel, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Namibia, Brazil, and Los Angeles. To mention some, in 2010, Patterson’s first and major career retrospective opened at the Museum for Contemporary Arts Houston in Texas, which travelled to the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Nassauischer Kunstverein in Wiesbaden. In 2012, Patterson assisted with devising and planning the 50th anniversary of Fluxus in Wiesbaden. Since 2012, Patterson accepted numerous invitations for re-performance of works, for participation in exhibitions and events. His last work before he passed on to the beyond was When Elephants Fight, It Is the Frogs That Suffer (2016–17) presented at documenta 14.
ARTISTIC DIRECTION Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung
CURATION Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Kamila Metwaly, Berno Odo Polzer
Curatorial & Production Team Exhibition Billy Fowo, Nancy Naser Al Deen
Curatorial & Production Team Invocations Lili Somogyi, Manuela Garcia Aldana, Sonia Lescène
General Management Lema Sikod
Project Management Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock
Communications Anna Jäger
Live-Streaming Boiling Head
Collaboration This project is the sixth collaboration between SAVVY Contemporary and MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues, with works commissioned by Deutschlandfunk Kultur. In this edition we are also grateful for our collaboration with Barbro Patterson, the Patterson Estate, and Elke Gruhn at Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden.
Funding The project is funded by MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues and Deutschlandfunk Kultur.
Visual Benjamin Patterson, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden ©Christian Lauer