On Hanne Darboven / 24 Songs
29 Apr 2016

A Friday Night dedicated to Hanne Darboven, with films by Thomas Mohr.

Thomas Mohr, On Hanne Darboven / 24 Songs, 2015, film still.
Thomas Mohr, On Hanne Darboven / 24 Songs, 2015, film still.

On Friday April 29, German artist Hanne Darboven would have celebrated her 75th birthday. For this occasion, this Friday Night at the Stedelijk Museum will be dedicated to her work. Hanne Darboven (1941-2009) was a radical representative of the conceptual art movement. Through systematic drawings of number sequences, and occasionally through photographs and notes, she attempted to create order in everyday life. In the 1980s, Darboven began to convert her numerical systems into musical sequences (in which, for instance, the number 0 represents the D-note, et cetera), resulting in a fascinating mixture of 'mathematical' and traditional German classical music. Her monumental piece 24 Gesänge: B-Form / 24 Songs: B-Form (1974),part of the collection of the Stedelijk Museum, was on display last year. Inspired by this work, German artist Thomas Mohr created the video work On Hanne Darboven / 24 Songs,  which will be shown for the very first time on this night. 

Thomas Mohr has focused intensively on Hanne Darboven’s work for years. He too uses various mathematical systems and processes when creating his experimental video works. For his piece On Hanne Darboven / 24 Songs he precisely photographed 2.160 images from Darboven's same-titled artwork into a grid-like structure, with the images moving rhythmically to Darboven’s composition. Thomas Mohr will give an artist talk prior to the premiere of 24 Songs, after which two other short films based on Hanne Darboven will be shown.

During this weekend, 24 Songs will be screened continuously. 


7.30 pm TALK | Thomas Mohr, Juha van ‘t Zelfde
8.30 pm FILM SCREENING | 24 Songs
9 pm End of program
10 pm Museum closes


Thomas Mohr
Thomas Mohr lives and works in Amsterdam. Since the late 1980s he has systematically explored processes of perception and experience, combining computer-generated processes with manual execution in installations and films referring to the transformation of information and the evolution of new media. His works are based on an episodic memory that currently contains over 500.000 pictures taken from 1985 onwards, regarding events with a collective meaning as well as personal moments. Mohr’s work is distributed by LIMA and has been screened at various festivals, including IFFR, Rotterdam; JMAF, Tokyo; Sonic Acts, Amsterdam; Ars Electronica, Linz; Transmediale, Berlin and NeMaf, Seoul. 

Juha van 't Zelfde

is Artistic Director of Lighthouse, an contemporary culture agency in Brighton. Lighthouse explores the impact of new technologies on our culture, and supports filmmakers, game developers and music producers in making new work. Juha started as an independent DJ and promoter of experimental club music in Rotterdam. Between 2005 and 2008 he was curator of electronic music at Lantaren/Venster. As freelance promoter, exhibition maker and radio presenter he has made Sonic WarfareViral Radio and Anonymous, and he worked for amongst others the Stedelijk Museum, VPRO and the Netherlands Architecture Institute. In 2012 he won the 'De Hallen Curatorial Scholarship' for his proposal Dread - The dizziness of freedom, which took place in De Hallen Haarlem in 2013, and resulted in a book published by Valiz. In February 2014 he became Artistic Director of Lighthouse in Brighton.