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THE SOUND OF CREATION  //  BEEZY BAILEY + BRIAN ENO

May 7th - November 22nd 2015

 

The Sound of Creation by Beezy Bailey + Brian Eno. 

Location: Palazzo Pisani, Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello, Campo Santo Stefano, 30124 Venice.

Opening hours: 10:00 - 18:00, closed on Sundays.

A selection of painted works accompanied by corresponding musical tracks as the result of a creative collaboration between the artist Beezy Bailey, and the composer and music theorist Brian Eno. The two curators, Luca Berta and Francesca Giubilei, together with the artists aim to present a reflection on the interaction between the senses of sight and sound. The artists make music visible and give an image to sound.

The exhibition progresses in a vertical manner as works are displayed along the grand staircase of the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory. As a result, the visitor is guided along an ascending physical and emotional journey, inviting them to immerse themselves in the creative experience created by the two artists. Music and image are united as visitors listen to the music not just with their ears, and as they look at the images not just with their eyes.

 

Starting from the courtyard of the palace and continuing up along the staircase will be over 40 different works, some of which are presented with accompanying music pieces that can be listened to via headphones. At the top the exhibition is concluded in small rooms that are immersed in light and music where visitors can take the opportunity to enjoy a spectacular view of Venice whilst they experience the unique unity of Art and Music. The exhibition intends to propose a new way of appreciating and seeing art and music as music, art, and the city combine to create an existential experience of musical and artistic vision.

 

Beezy Bailey (Johannesburg, South Africa, 1962) is an artist that utilizes various expressive mediums in his art ranging from painting, sculpture, and design. During a career that spans 30 years, Bailey has exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions in London, Johannesburg, and Cape Town, as well as group shows all around the world. Music has consistently played a pervasive role in the production of his work and many projects are the result of deep and intimate artistic collaborations with renowned musicians such a David Bowie, Dave Matthews, and Brian Eno.

 

Brian Eno (Woodbridge, England, 1948) has worked as a composer, musician, record producer, singer, sound engineer, music theorist, and a philosopher. He has been heralded as the inventor of ambient music and was the pioneer of music genres such as new wave and new age. Eno’s musical interest was inspired by the music of artists such as John Cage, La Monte Young, and Terry Riley. For Eno, music transcends any specific musical event as it pushes into the realm of pure sound in the listener’s psyche. He is celebrated for his experiments with generative music, a term that describes software-generated music that has an ever different and changing nature. Generative music marked a new era in music composition, allowing for creativity and human intuition to interact with the practice of stochastic improvisation implemented via computer software. In addition to his musical advancements, since the 80s Eno has been experiment with painting, sculpture, and video art.