Curated by Solvej Helweg Ovesen
“s o u n d s f o r s o l o i s t s is the first solo exhibition by Finlandswedish-born poet and artist Cia Rinne (1973) taking place at the Grimmuseum as part of a tour in Northern Europe. s o u n d s f o r s o l o i s t s is a sonar exhibition that presents how one single person with a multilingual voice uses it as an instrument to perform complex, yet minimal compositions generated at the leap of global multilingualism. The exhibition presents two cross-lingual sound installations by Cia Rinne, sounds for soloists (realized in collaboration with Sebastian Eskildsen) and sans y/eux, in mostly English, German, and French, but also Swedish, Italian and Spanish. Furthermore two of her text-based installations indices and h/ombres as well as the text installations notes for soloists and serious cerises are on display. s o u n d s f o r s o l o i s t s will be accompanied by a series of performances by Tomomi Adachi (JP), Anders Lauge Meldgaard/Frisk Frugt (DK), and Cia Rinne. The exhibition and performance program will go on tour to the Nordic exhibition spaces Signal, Malmö, and The Living Art Museum, Reykavik, in 2012-2013 thanks to support from the Nordic Cultural Foundation and Svenska Kulturfonden.
Cia Rinne, herself of a multilingual background, writes highly playful conceptual pieces evocative of Fluxus and Dada poetry. In written form, the pieces appear as drawings and composition text in line with the traditions of concrete and visual poetry. With a strict material and conceptual discipline, Rinne reduces wide terrains of philosophical and linguistic complexities to their very essence or their sonar qualities: ”i am what i am what i ami a mia mi ami a miami amen”, “1/one/ohne/oh no/ ono/on/o/(oh no)”, “answer this question carefully: o yes o no”. Her work reflects on different ways of understanding and using language, thought, and sound. Her works, both readings, writings and visuals, are liberated from the constraints of certain artistic genres, they operate freely on the borders of disciplines such as poetry reading, writing, performance and collage-making. s o u n d s f o r s o l o i s t s is the first comprehensive show of Cia Rinne’s cross-lingual text and sound art in Berlin.”