Hans Peter Kuhn: Works with Sound / Junko Wada: between
Hans Hans Peter Kuhn, artist and composer, was born in Kiel in Germany in 1952. He has had a long and intense career in the field of sound, and sound and light, installations, as well as in theatre and dance. He has collaborated over many years with Robert Wilson, composing the score for more than 30 theatrical productions, as well as winning together with him a Golden Lion at the Biennale di Venezia in 1993 for "Memory/Loss".
Kuhn's work is minimalist, even in its frequent use of sophisticated sound apparatus, that often function in connection with lighting systems. The final result is a complex, and yet agile and essential whole. The sounds used by Kuhn situate themselves in the area of concrete music. Furthermore, in his light and sound installations the artist often makes use of programmed, or random, shifting of sounds between various luminous sources within the installation space. In many works this results in a continual state of change, leading to an exciting sense of disorientation in the viewer.
Kuhn's installations have been set up in various museums including Berlin's Nationalgalerie, PS1 in New York, Stadtgalerie in Saarbrücken, and the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh. His outdoor light and sound installations have created much interest, such as that on Pier 32 in Manhattan, in the Marzahn in Berlin, on the banks of the Torrens river in Adelaide, in the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, and in many other places throughout the world.
Hans Peter Kuhn's current exhibition at e/static, consisting of three sound works, is his first solo show in Italy. As part of the opening there will also be a dance performance conceived by the artist himself in conjunction with Junko Wada, the extraordinary Japanese artist who will perform the piece herself. She is well known as a collaborator with a range of important artists active in Germany and particularly Berlin, such as Rolf Julius, Christina Kubisch, Terry Fox, Akio Suzuki and Arnold Dreyblatt, not to mention Kuhn himself.