Sonne Statt Reagan, 1982
, 1 min 58 s, colour, sound (music: Die Deserteure)
Courtesy of ARD TV / Bananas, Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln
It has been said that for Joseph Beuys music swings between the extreme positions of silence and din, and perhaps because he believed that ‘every man is an artist’ – and what’s more shows it in front of large audiences – he also tried his luck as a pop singer, as part of his political commitment. In 1982, in a mixture of masquerade and activism, he infiltrated the Bananas programme on the German television channel ARD (07/03/1982), on which bands like Depeche Mode and Foreigner performed. Backed by the group Die Deserteure, he sang his song Sonne Statt Reagan, an attack on Ronald Reagan’s arms policies and a reaffirmation of his ecological commitment, on a programme with a wide audience broadcast to coincide with various demonstrations by pacifist movements in Germany. The song was eventually released as a single.
Pera Museum, in collaboration with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), is one of the main venues for this year’s 15th Istanbul Biennial from 16 September to 12 November 2017. Through the biennial, we will be sharing detailed information about the artists and the artworks.
In 1962 Philip Corner, one of the most prominent members of the Fluxus movement, caused a great commotion in serious music circles when during a performance entitled Piano Activities he climbed up onto a grand piano and began to kick it while other members of the group attacked it with saws, hammers and all kinds of other implements.
Inspired by its Anatolian Weights and Measures Collection, Pera Museum presents a contemporary video installation titled For All the Time, for All the Sad Stones at the gallery that hosts the Collection. The installation by the artist Nicola Lorini takes its starting point from recent events, in particular the calculation of the hypothetical mass of the Internet and the weight lost by the model of the kilogram and its consequent redefinition, and traces a non-linear voyage through the Collection.
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