On Thursday, March 2, 2017, David Nolan Gallery hosted a special musical performance with Claire Chase and Pauchi Sasaki in conjunction with Song of the Earth, an installation of drawings by the Berlin-based artist Jorinde Voigt. As part of this collaboration, Voigt prepared a series of reproductions of a vast 26-foot-long, multi-part drawing, The Shift (Song of the Earth) I-VIII(2016) which, in turn, were individually annotated and used by Chase and Sasaki as musical scores.
The art historian Fiona McGovern has written the following about Voigt’s new series: “What does it mean to be on earth? Jorinde Voigt’s new cycle of works Song of the Earth, in allusion to Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, devotes itself to this question in an all-encompassing way. [The works] represent an abstracted form of lived experience and theory and constitutes the basis for the ensuing musical interpretation. For Voigt, both drawings and musical transformation are systems of conceptualization that have major parallels due to their abstraction as well as their formal construction. Both may be comprehended as processes that translate reality.”
Works from the series, Song of the Earth, have previously been presented at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin and Kunstraum Innsbruck in Austria. A survey of Voigt's recent work, entitled A New Kind of Joy, is concurrently on view at Kunsthalle Nürnberg. Works by the artist are represented in a number of major public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kunsthaus, Zurich; The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich; and Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, among others. Voigt lives and works in Berlin.