Manon de Boer: Between Perception and Sensation

Jan 21, 2011 - May 1, 2011

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Manon de Boer, Attica, 2008. 16 mm black and white film with mono sound, 10 minutes. Courtesy of Jan Mot, Brussels.

 

Manon de Boer, Dissonant, 2010. 16 mm color film with sound, 10 minutes 40 seconds. Courtesy of the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels. 

 

Manon de Boer, Dissonant, 2010. 16 mm color film with sound, 10 minutes 40 seconds. Courtesy of the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels. 

 

Manon de Boer, Presto, Perfect Sound, 2006. 35 mm color film transferred to video with sound, 5 minutes 40 seconds. Courtesy of the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels. 

Manon de Boer, Two Times 4’33”, 2008. 35 mm color film transferred to video with sound, 12 minutes 30 seconds. Courtesy of the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels.

Manon de Boer, Two Times 4’33”, 2008. 35 mm color film transferred to video with sound, 12 minutes 30 seconds. Courtesy of the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels.

 

Manon de Boer, Attica, 2008. 16 mm black and white film with mono sound, 10 minutes. Courtesy of Jan Mot, Brussels.

 

Manon de Boer, Attica, 2008. 16 mm black and white film with mono sound, 10 minutes. Courtesy of Jan Mot, Brussels.  Manon de Boer, Dissonant, 2010. 16 mm color film with sound, 10 minutes 40 seconds. Courtesy of the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels.   Manon de Boer, Dissonant, 2010. 16 mm color film with sound, 10 minutes 40 seconds. Courtesy of the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels.   Manon de Boer, Presto, Perfect Sound, 2006. 35 mm color film transferred to video with sound, 5 minutes 40 seconds. Courtesy of the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels. Manon de Boer, Two Times 4’33”, 2008. 35 mm color film transferred to video with sound, 12 minutes 30 seconds. Courtesy of the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels.Manon de Boer, Two Times 4’33”, 2008. 35 mm color film transferred to video with sound, 12 minutes 30 seconds. Courtesy of the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels.  Manon de Boer, Attica, 2008. 16 mm black and white film with mono sound, 10 minutes. Courtesy of Jan Mot, Brussels.  

Manon de Boer: Between Perception and Sensation is curated by Laura Fried, Associate Curator, and João Ribas, Curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge.

The exhibition is organized by CAM.

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For her first major exhibition in the United States, the acclaimed Dutch, Brussels-based artist Manon de Boer asks us to listen as we look in uniquely crafted films that are defined by sound.

For over a decade, she has made a series of cinematic portraits, depicting friends, writers, dancers, composers, and musicians to explore questions of time and memory. Meanwhile, she examines how musical structures can transform what we experience. With a focus on performance—and the ways that sound can give a film its form— CAM spotlights De Boer’s expansive and grounding experimentations with sound, image, and the fundamental experiences of film. For Presto, Perfect Sound (2006), De Boer shot six takes of a violin performance, out of which she cut and then reconstructed the optimal sound composites to produce a “perfect performance,” despite the visual glitches we see before us. In Two Times 4’33” (2008), her camera fixes on the feeling of silence, on film and in the body, as it reverberates through the audience and extends to us off screen. A third film, Dissonant (2010), reveals the rupture between what we see and hear, and as the screen goes black, the viewer trades vision for the pure aural experience of a dancer’s moving feet.

In an ambitious installation conceived especially for CAM’s galleries, De Boer presents four key works that address her attention to the structures of music, orchestrating her films so that each portrait amplifies the connection between image and sound, performer and audience—asking us to revisit the process of looking and listening through the artist’s singular interrogation of cinema.

Manon de Boer: Between Perception and Sensation is curated by Laura Fried, Associate Curator, and João Ribas, Curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge. The exhibition is organized by CAM.

Sponsors

Manon de Boer: Between Perception and Sensation is generously supported by Mondrian Foundation, Amsterdam and public funds from the Netherlands Cultural Services. 

Major exhibition support is provided by Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield; William E. Weiss Foundation; and Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer Brown. General operating support is provided by Whitaker Foundation; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Missouri Cultural Trust; Regional Arts Commission; Bank of America Charitable Foundation; The Trio Foundation of St. Louis; Arts and Education Council; and members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.