MARY-ELLEN-BUTE: RHYTHM IN LIGHT SEE THIS SOUND. Promises in Sound and Vision 1935, Arsenal - Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V.

GOTTFRIED BECHTOLD: "MEDIENKOFFER" SEE THIS SOUND. Promises in Sound and Vision 1972, Photo: Werner Kaligofsky, ©Sammlung Generali Foundation


LAURIE ANDERSON: THE HANDPHONE TABLE SEE THIS SOUND. Promises in Sound and Vision 1978, Collection of Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon, © Blaise Adilon


DAVID ROKEBY: VERY NERVOUS SYSTEM SEE THIS SOUND. Promises in Sound and Vision 1983-94; Version 1991

RODNEY GRAHAM: MINI ROTARY PSYCHO OPTICON SEE THIS SOUND. Promises in Sound and Vision 2008, Courtesy Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Photo: Siegfried Wameser

MATHIAS POLEDNA: VERSION SEE THIS SOUND. Promises in Sound and Vision 2004

See This Sound: Promises in Sound and Vision

Lentos Art Museum Linz
Ernst-Koref-Promenade 1
A-4020 Linz

Tel.: +43(0)732/7070/3600 or 3614
Fax: +43(0)732/7070/3604

[email protected]

28 August 2009 – 10 January 2010

The quiet halls of the museum are a thing of the past. Instead, music and sounds are heard everywhere, as visual artists today take for granted the integration of the world of sounds in their works. The former hegemony of the visual has meanwhile given way a diverse interplay of image and sound.

The first pioneers in this expanded field of artistic work already emerged during the 1920s. The alleged hierarchy of the senses, reflection on perceptions, and the search for synergies were the greatest challenges. “Media Art” later became a means of socio-political engagement and a topos of the avant-garde. Major technical changes in media, audio-visual experiments and the charged relationship between narration and abstraction led again and again to new ways of working.

The exhibition See this Sound aims to make several important aspects of this manifold and diverse relationship between image and sound accessible in an interdisciplinary way. The exhibition also conjoins exemplary artistic works and cultural-historical perspectives. Cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Media.Art.Research makes it possible to integrate specific issues of media history and research perspectives in the exhibition in so-called interdisciplinary “information spaces”. The exhibition thus presents not only technical, perceptional and media-reflexive aspects of the coupling of image and sound from the beginning up to the present, but also poetic conceptual aspects that are important to contemporary visual artists today. These are intended to mutually contour one another and illustrate differentiations.

In addition to the research focal points of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute, which will be given an extensive scholarly treatment within the framework of an online platform, there are variously focused brackets to present the issues of contemporary visual art and developments in everyday culture. These can be regarded as differently “tuned” spaces, in which the themes of the works result in a joint “sound”. The topical fields of reference range here from pop culture to the theory of perception and media technology. See this Sound is an exploration of the present and the past of the conjunction of image and sound in art, media and perception.

See this Sound is realized in close collaboration between Lentos Art Museum Linz, Linz 09 and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Media.Art.Research as an exhibition, research, and multimedia project. The results will be presented starting in August 2009 in the Lentos Art Museum Linz and online.

Artistic and academic supervision: Stella Rollig and Dieter Daniels
Curator of the exhibition: Cosima Rainer


The Lentos Art Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The museum is closed on December 24th and 25th. On December 31st the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lentos takes part in the three-day opening celebration for the European Capital of Culture year Linz09 with the vernissage for the exhibition BEST OF AUSTRIA. An Art Collection: 1 January 2009, opening 7:00 pm (by invitation only), 9 pm – 11 pm Open House.
Reaching the Lentos Art Museum

Traveling by car
Leave the A1 (Westautobahn) at the junction “Knoten Linz” and take the A7 in the direction E55, Linz, Prague, Freistadt, “Knoten Linz” (Linz Junction). Stay on the A7 for 12.14 km.
Leave the A7 at the exit 11 Linz-Hafenstraße in the direction Linz-Zentrum, Passau, Brucknerhaus, Ars Electronica Center;
follow the Untere Donaulände straight ahead and turn right after the Brucknerhaus into the Ernst-Koref-Promenade – Lentos Art Museum.

Traveling by Train
from Vienna or Salzburg

Take the tram in the direction of the city center from the main train station
Tram line 1, 2, 3, tram stop Hauptplatz (Main Square).
Please follow the signs pointing to the Lentos Art Museum.

Traveling by Bus
Bus line 19, bus stop Brucknerhaus
Parking is available in the Lentos garage.

Before your visit, we ask you to please note the following:
• please refrain from smoking inside Lentos,
•  leave your dog outside,
•  do not to photograph the artworks.
•  backpacks and large bags must be left in the cloakroom.

A wheelchair can be borrowed at the cash desk.