The European Biennial of Contemporary Art

28 June 31 October 2014

St. Petersburg, Russia The State Hermitage Museum

Paola Pivi

Grrr Jamming Squeak

Paola Pivi, Grrr Jamming Squeak, 2010 - ongoing.
Sound recording studio, free of charge, to make music along the sounds of animals.
Originally commissioned by Sculpture International Rotterdam, coproduced by Massimo De Carlo, Milano/London and Galerie Perrotin, Paris, New York, Hong Kong. Photo of Kuryokhin centre, where Grrr Jamming Squeak is located, during MANIFESTA 10.

Born 1971 in Milan, Italy
Lives and works in Delhi, India

The artwork is actually a music studio, meaning that you can come in to play music and record as much as you want and it is for free. The only thing, the only rule, you have to play with the animals. Meaning that you have to choose, you can pick, some animal sound that goes with your music. There are 100 animal sounds, royalty free. You can choose amongst these 100 animal sounds the ones that go with your music. That is it! Very simple! You can play and a sound engineer will record it. It is free and the music belongs exclusively to you. This artwork is called Grrr Jamming Squeak, hosted at Kuryokhin center (address: Sredniy pr.93 V.O., Saint-Petersburg), presented by the exhibition MANIFESTA 10. You can read more detailed information and listen to some of the recorded music here.

Opening hours: tue-fri 14:00 – 20:30; sat, sun 12:00 – 20:30 (monday closed).

Paola Pivi works in a diverse range of media to create surreal situations, which she captures in installations, sculptures, and photographs. She gained mayor attention at the fiftieth Venice Biennale (2003), where her only seemingly manipulated image of a donkey floating in a boat gave insight into her playful and experimental approach. Other large-scale projects have included laying a truck to sleep, chartering a complete airplane for goldfishes in their glasses, and turning over a jet to show its beetle-like qualities. Her work is the product of daring experimentation, thorough planning, and specialist technical knowledge, which renders each project complex in its own unique way. Pivi has had solo exhibitions at Witte de Withe, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2013); Tate Modern, London (2009); Portikus, Frankfurt am Main (2008); and the Kunsthalle Basel (2007), among others. She received the Golden Lion Award for her work at her first Venice Biennale (2003) and was invited twice more (1999, 2003).

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