Ari Benjamin Meyers

Ari Benjamin Meyers, The Art, 2016. Performance at RaebervonStenglin, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Zürich. Photo: Conradin Frei

Ari Benjamin Meyers, The Art, 2016. Performance at RaebervonStenglin, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Zürich. Photo: Conradin Frei

Ari Benjamin Meyers (b. 1972, New York, USA) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Meyers received his training as a classical musician, composer and conductor at The Juilliard School, Yale University, and Peabody Institute. His works as an artist, such as Symphony 80 and Solo for Ayumi (both 2017), explore structures and processes in music composition and relationships between performer and audience. His diverse practice includes creating musical performances for the stage and exhibition spaces. He has collaborated with artists such as Tino Sehgal and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster; bands including Einstürzende Neubauten and Chicks on Speed; and classical ensembles like the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.

Ari Benjamin Meyers will create a series of musical compositions that will become film portraits of Liverpool born/based musicians. Together, they will tell Liverpool’s musical history, representing the driving force of its major musical movements while at the same time relating back to the city’s industrial past. Meyers will conduct an initial interview with each musician, discussing only his or her personal relationship to music. After this short conversation, he will compose a solo piece of music and later each musician will be recorded on video performing it on the stage of the Playhouse theatre in Liverpool. Without referencing the subjects’ personal histories directly, each solo is a portrait of a life defined by music, achievement and failure, fame and fate. This project is the artist’s first film-based work and will be projected to the audience life size. The individual films will be played back with varying amounts of overlap to create a new meta-composition; a dialogue between the performers.

Recent works were shown at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2018), 14th Biennale de Lyon, France (2017); Spring Workshop, Hong Kong (2017); Lenbachhaus München, Munich, Germany (2017); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (2016); Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland (2016); and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2015). 

Address

The Liverpool Playhouse
Williamson Square
Liverpool
L1 1EL