June 29 - August 24
The sounds of the underground; Marres invites audiences to explore audio-installations in Maastricht’s crypts, ice-cellars and 18th century fortifications.
Heels clicking on pavements, the drone of cars; we hear the sounds around us but how often do we stop to really listen? Lighthouse is proud to support Undertones, a new, audio-visual tour of Maastricht’s underground spaces at Marres, House for Contemporary Culture in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
Featuring 11th century liturgy and experimental music, karaoke and spoken word, web DJs and everyday sounds, Undertones takes audiences off the beaten path in a bid to connect more deeply with the sounds that surround us.
By purchasing an exhibition pass, audiences will gain entry to Undertones exhibits in Marres and to all venues on the Undertones route, which makes the most of Maastricht’s extensive underground network of tunnels, caves, quarries and mineshafts.
Venues include Casemates, dug between 1575 and 1825 to ambush enemies from beneath; Sint Pietersberg, sprawling underground corridors that developed after years of marl mining, and cells that once served as a prison beneath the former monastery Minderbroedersberg.
Within Marres, artists Haroon Mirza, Ryan Gander, Sarah van Sonsbeeck, Lyndsey Housden, Chaim van Luit, Fabian de Kloe, Joseph Beuys, Anri Sala, Nishiko, and Paul Devens present a range of work. Highlights include Ganders’ Escape Hatch to Culturefield, a locked trapdoor in the Marres garden which emanates music by Charles Mingus, Joseph Beuys’ Ja Ja Ja Ne Ne Ne, inspired by the ostensibly meaningless words uttered by old women in a favourite coffee shop, and Espen Sommer Eide’s ‘philosophical instruments’.
Outside Marres, Kaffe Matthews presents an audio-visual installation inspired by hammerhead sharks in the Sint Pietersberg caves. In the cells of the Minderbroedersberg, Espen Sommer Eide surrounds the visitor with scattered sounds of political unrest, while in the crypt of the Basilica of St. Servatius, the ensemble Graindelavoix develops from July 16 onwards a sound installation based on the holy Servaas liturgy. Rutger Zuydervelt and Mark Bain make work for the Marres ice cellar and the city’s 18th century fortifications. At Intro in situ, works by Thomas Rutgers, Jitske Blom, and David Helbich can be heard.
The exhibition was the last co-curated by Juha van ‘t Zelfde before he became Lighthouse’s Artistic Director in February and represents an insight into the type of work he will introduce at Lighthouse.
“We live in a world that is dominated by images. We share photos and videos on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat, but, with the exception of music, we rarely share a sound. We are so focused on images, we forget how important sounds are: to navigate, to feel at home, to fall in love, and to be happy. Undertones is an attempt to address that, to make people aware of listening to their surroundings.”
With his background as a DJ and advocate in the fields of music and technology, he says sound will feature highly in Lighthouse’s coming performances, commissions and exhibitions. “In Undertones, we explore the contemporary landscape of sound and work with some of the best artists in this field, from established names such as Haroon Mirza, Ryan Gander and Kaffe Matthews to a new generation of artists that includes Nishiko, Lyndsey Housden and Rutger Zuydervelt. I hope Lighthouse will be able to continue in this vein and bring these, and other artists, to new audiences.”
Dates: Sunday, June 29 – Sunday, August 24
Times: Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm
Location: Marres, Maastricht, Netherlands.
Tickets: Exhibition passes are available at Marres (Capucijnenstraat 98) and the Maastricht Tourist Office (Kleine Staat 1), and digitally via www.vvvmaastricht.nl
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