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phora | 2005

Waltraud Forelli-Wallach, Curator
La Maison Rouge
Fondation Antoine de Galbert
Paris, France
February 18-May 22, 2005

ann Hamilton - phora

Materials: four spinning speakers, sound, turning video projection, 130 iris prints, a suspended refugee tent, seven spinning double belled sousaphone ends, clothing, wood table


Inspired by the history of La Maison Rouge, the Bastille and the Bastille Opera, Hamilton transformed the exhibition spaces into platforms from which to explore the genesis of vocalization and vocal expression.

 

Ann Hamilton -phora

 

Lining the entrance corridor were large images of the still mouths of medieval wooden figures. The images, made by moving a miniature video camera in close proximity to the figures, created the passing illusion of the mouth's opening or closing. Two short walls and one long wall of the garden corridor were covered with a film that retained some transparency while reflecting the surrounding mouths like a mirror.

 

Ann Hamilton - Phora

 

The eccentric low space remained dark except for the single light traced by a spinning projection suspended from the center of the space. The projection, a video of a line being drawn in and out of recognition and legibility, momentarily illuminated a circular rotation of four ceiling-mounted spinning speakers that sounded voices echoing in a Doppler effect.

 

 

In the two main galleries, a system of ropes and pulleys suspended clothing and a large canvas tent. Suspended from the ceiling were double-belled spinning sousaphones that played merging multi-lingual voices, murmurs, and incantations.

 

Ann Hamilton · phora

 

Photo credit: Thibault Jeanson

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:
Foundation President: Antoine de Galbert
Director: Paula Aisemberg
Curator: Waltraud Forelli-Wallach
Project Manager: Maggie Moore
Sound Design: Anthony Saba
Vocalists: Anne Calas, Dinah Diwan, Ann Hamilton
Engineer: Marty Chafkin, Perfection Electricks
Photography: Thibault Jeanson
Photographic print production: Joseph Scher and Joo-Mee Paik at the Institute for Electronic Arts, School of Art and Design, NYSCC at Alfred University

 

page break Related Readings:
· Y., Y. "Ann Hamilton, Phora." Zurban (16 Mars 2005): 43.
· Micucci, Marjorie. "Ann Hamilton, Phora, La maison rouge, Paris." Questions lle femmes (Avril 2005).
· J., M. "Ann Hamilton a la Maison rouge." l'humanité hebdo (9 Avril 2005).
· Guénard Éloïse. "Phora: Exposition personnelle: Ann Hamilton." Art 21 Magazine critique d'art contemporain (Nümero 02, Mars/Avril 2005): 60-61.
· Domino, Christophe. "Maison rouge Hamilton a mis le ton." Le Journal des Arts (18 du 31 Mars 2005).
· Cooke, Lynne. "Ann Hamilton: La Maison Rouge, Paris." Artforum (April 2005): 183.

 

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