The Scottish born artist Susan Philipsz uses sound as a sculptural material to determine how sound can define a space or building. She has participated in numerous international exhibitions including the Skulptur Projekte Münster (2007), Bienal Internacional de Artes de São Paulo (2010), and Documenta 13 (Kassel, Germany, 2012). In 2010, she was awarded the Turner Prize, and in 2014, she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
After studying sculpture, Philipsz created works in which she used horn loudspeakers to broadcast folk songs, pop songs, and revolutionary songs that she sang herself; and in other works she recreated the sounds of radio interval signals using a vibraphone that was transmitted from the museum in the direction of an observatory in a distant corner of the town. Philipsz has carried out a variety of experiments using sound. Beginning last year and continuing into this year, she searched for war-damaged horns all over Germany, recorded professional horn players playing individual tones on the instruments, and created a work called The Missing String. While listening to the physicality of the performers, expressed through sounds that are not sounds, the viewer becomes aware of a sense of absence and loss, and the history that underlies the instruments. In a large solo exhibition Philipsz held earlier this year in Berlin, one of her new works―in which she used sound, musical scores, and FBI files to link films, music, and historical information closely related to the composer Hanns Eisler―was especially well received.
In this festival, Philipsz shows The Cuckoo’s Nest (2011), as a tribute to the local cuckoos, for the first time in Japan. In this work, the artist’s voice, singing a Medieval English canon called “Sumer Is Icumen In” (c. 1250), announces the arrival of summer in a space called Hokuto Mandala (The Big Dipper Mandala), which is surrounded by trees in the Sapporo Art Park Sculpture Garden.
Susan PHILIPSZ the Cuckoo’s Nest 2011 Photo：Keizo Kioku
A.P.I. (Arctic Perspective Initiative)
Antye Greie-Ripatti aka AGF
Byeong Sam Jeon
So Kanno / yang02
Ryuichi Sakamoto + Daito Manabe
Ryuichi Sakamoto + YCAM InterLab
Ian Wilson(Yokohama Triennale 2014)
YCAM InterLab + Jun Igarashi
Lifestyle Adventurer : Hidenori Ikeda, Saiko Ito
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui + Damien Jalet
Sat., August 23
Artist-related Event : Symposium SIAF 2014 Special Symposium Fujiko Nakaya: Fog Breathes
CHROMA After TalkWhat does media art express now ―get to know it from performances of dumb type to 《CHROMA》
Sun., July 20
Artist-related Event : Film Screening Special Invitation Film for SIAF 2014 Title: Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow
SIAF2014 Pre-festival Events, Sapporo International Art Festival Discussions&Lecture vol.1
Former Sapporo Court of Appeals (Shiryokan) 2F