Close Up, In Your Ear

ECM - A Cultural Archaeology

Renée Green’s contribution to Munich’s Haus der Kunst exhibition ECM – A Cultural Archaeology has been published in its accompanying catalogue.

Green’s work for the exhibition is an essayistic notation, Close Up, In Your Ear, and From a Distance: Musings on “Our” Music via ECM; the essay is accompanied by a series of related images.

The Munich-based label ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music) was founded in 1969 by Manfred Eicher in order to record, produce, and publish avant-garde music. One of the first musician-managed record labels in Europe, ECM recording artists included Paul Bley, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, and Jan Garbarek, as well as the Art Ensemble of Chicago. In 1984, ECM New Series, focusing on modern composition, was launched with Arvo Pärt’s Tabula Rasa.

The exhibition presents visual, archival, and recorded material, bringing together a range of formats, such as sound, music, photography, film, and edition work. Other artists included are Stan Douglas, The Otolith Group, and Anri Sala.

A lavishly illustrated book, the publication includes other essays by Diedrich Diederichsen, Okwui Enwezor, Kodwo Eshun, Markus Müller, Wolfgang Sandner, and Jürg Stenzl. The catalogue contains a comprehensive chronology and discography of the ECM label, biographies of all artists and authors, as well as a round-table talk with Manfred Eicher, Okwui Enwezor, Steve Lake, Karl Lippegaus, and Markus Müller.

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