Working in collaboration with Laure Prouvost I staged a choral performance inside and out of Prouvost's Ohmmm age Oma je ohomma mama exhibition at Kunsthalle Wien. We were inspired by a visit to the Venus of Willendorf at the nearby Naturhistorisches Museum where it was revealed that this Venus was one of over 200 figurines distributed widely across Europe, both in their making, their transportation and eventual excavation.
Appropriately for Prouvost’s exhibition, itself a cornucopia of matriarchal creativity and genealogy, we gathered a diverse range of amateur and professional musicians to perform a set of new processional songs throughout the museum. At the core is a ‘grounded bass’, our reimagining of the famous, repeating motifs often found in Late Renaissance and Baroque music.
Texts for the performance were drawn from a range of literature and music, including Hélène Cixous’ Homère est morte…(2014) of which the piece draws its title, Bill Withers’ Grandma’s Hands (1971) and anecdotes sourced from the families of the artists’ many collaborators.
Commissioned by Kunshalle Wien and Wiener Festwochen. Performed by Patricia Auchterlonie, Construction Choir Collective, Susanna Gartmayer, Ingrid Oberkanins, OMAS GEGEN RECHTS (Grandmas against the right) and Superar children’s choir.