Oliver Beer, ‘Kalashnikov AK-47 (Leg Side)’, 2017, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

About Oliver Beer

Oliver Beer works at the intersection of architecture, sound and image, exploring the connections between space, objects and acoustics. Informed by his training in fine art, musical composition and film theory, his projects – often taking the form of large-scale installations, live performances, sculpture and video – are research-based and use original techniques to test and manipulate the experience of sound. Interested in the resonant frequencies of objects and architecture he devises work, which stimulates the unique voice of empty space. His ongoing Resonance Project (2007-) has transformed the Centre Pompidou, MoMA PS1, and an Ottoman hammam, during Istanbul Biennale (2015), into "architectural instruments" producing audible compositions born from their inherent notes. Performed by trained singers alongside two-dimensional sculptures, installations and films, which splice through recognizable objects and narratives, Beer encourages a re-assessment of sensory perception. As he has said of his sculptures, “These…are a way of hearing with our eyes – or seeing with our ears.”

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b. 1985