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Architecture is Frozen music – Laure Catugier

thursday, 03.03.2022

Opening of the exhibition: Architecture is Frozen Music, by Laure Catugier – graduate of the Academy and scholarship holder of the Exercising Modernity programme.

The artist, invited by the, will present her first monograph entitled Architecture is frozen music, summarising the last ten years of her artistic work. It is a publishing project, available mainly as an e-book, accompanied by a limited edition of print publication, published in collaboration with Naima Editions (Paris/Berlin).
On this occasion the artist presents the long-term project Architecture is frozen music, a series of videos made during artistic residencies in Egypt, Czech Republic, Iran, Japan, Russia and Poland. Each video is built from photographs taken in their respective places, questioning the architectural forms of modernism. They are accompanied by a soundtrack elaborated most of the time in partnership with local sound
artists. Moreover, one of them with whom Laure Catugier is used to working, the violinist Marie Takahashi, will perform a sound improvisation on the evening of the opening. The exhibition will also host images from the films in a variety of sizes and media (wood, blue back paper, aluminum dibond).

Exhibition will be open for visitors: 03 March – 7 May
Florastr. 61,
13187 Berlin – Pankow

Laure Catugier (1982, Toulouse, France) lives and works in Berlin. She graduated from the École d’Architecture de Toulouse (2005) and the École des Beaux-Arts de Toulouse (2007). Through diverse media such as photography, video or performance, she questions the perception and representation of spatiality. Her work interrogates the influence of architecture and design on the people and the social realm within local contexts. In addition to receiving residency grants in Düsseldorf (DE), Linz (AT), Takasaki (JP), Tehran (IR), Pardubice (CZ) and St Petersburg (RU), her work was also honoured by the international Celeste Prize in 2016. Over the course of 2017 she took part in the Berlin-based Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt.

In 2019 she received a cultural scholarship from the Pilecki Institute and the Stiftung Kunstfonds (Bonn) working grant. In the near future, she will take part in residencies at the Geumcheon Art Space in Seoul (KR), at Kiosko in Santa Cruz de la Sierra (BO) and at the Villa Champollion in Cairo (EG). Since 2013, Catugier’s work has been shown in several institutions and galleries in Europe: Japanese-German Center, Galerie Weisser Elefant, Korean Cultural Center (Berlin); Institut Français, Onomato Kunstverein (Düsseldorf); Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Le Voltaire Mécénat Emerige (Paris); In-Sonora festival (Madrid); Artum Foundation (Warsaw); Festival Oodaaq in Rennes (France); as part of the Celeste Prize at OXO Tower (London); Festival des Artes Binnar (Porto); and Arte Fiera Bologna (Milan). In 2017, she also took part in a group show at the Centraltrack Gallery in Dallas, Texas, and very recently in the Total Museum in Seoul.

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