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The Philharmonie Project: 2 Video Installation Artworks

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  • Lynne-Marie Marsh (Other)
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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMontreal, Canada
PublisherMusée d'art contemporain de Montréal
Media of outputFilm
Sizevideo installation -size variable
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventPublic Artist Talk at The Musée d'art contemporain de Montreal - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 8 Oct 2011 → …


The research output “The Philharmonie Project” consists of a series of video installation works developed in collaboration with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and video production team of the Digital Concert Hall.
The Philharmonie Project’s significance to artistic discourse on performance and mediation lies in its recasting of the spectacle though the apparatus of its dissemination. The project employs behind-the-scenes video and audio recording of symphonic concerts to explore how our collective experience of spectacle is mediated and controlled. The installations reconfigure the roles in the distribution of the sensible (what is apprehended by the senses) where the viewer bears witness to the re- distribution of their experience. The project, funded by the Bambi Foundation (Germany) and the Quebec Arts Council, includes two video installations: (Nielsen) exhibited at PROGRAM: Initiative for Art and Architecture, Berlin and (Bruckner) exhibited at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. The National Gallery of Canada purchased the (Bruckner) installation for its permanent collection.
The work is original from other video installations based on musical performances through its use of a unique cinematic grammar. By prioritizing the observation of technical work and behind-the-scenes production, the video triggers connections to documentary forms and the ‘making of’ film phenomenon. However, the work subverts these forms by employing a cinematic language using extreme close-ups and split screen to create an abstracted and limited representation. This limited view creates a form of lingua franca – a bridging language – a third distinct language set apart from musical performance and documentary cinematic conventions.
For each of the Berliner Philharmoniker's concerts, a video/audio production team coordinates six remote controlled cameras, choreographing them to the musical score for a live broadcast online. The rigour of this project lay in the intense collaboration with the video/audio production team and methods used to translate and reframe their working methods. In Philharmonie the tight focus of the camera frame imparts a high degree of specificity giving insight into the vast machinery of job segmentation, on which an entire socio-economic system depends.


“The Philharmonie Project” was funded by the Bambi Foundation, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canadian Embassy in Germany SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 'The Philharmonie Project (Nielsen: Symphony No. 5)', PROGRAM: Initiative for Art and Architecture, Berlin (with publication) 2011 GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 'The work ahead of us - The Québec Triennial 2011', Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (with a publication and Lecture), 2011 PUBLICATIONS The 2011 Québec Triennial: The Work Ahead of Us, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, 2011 REVIEWS: Pablo Larios, “Lynne Marsh, Program” frieze d/e, Issue 4, Spring 2012 Marie-Ève Charron. “Caméras hors scène”, le Devoir, Montréal, Oct. 22, 2011, p. E9



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