Mathilde Rosier

The organs of the whale

15 September – 27 November 2012

The artist Mathilde Rosier develops performative narratives whose content intertwines reality and fiction. Her dreamlike elements reflect our collective past and its social conventions. Combined with her unapproachable spatial installations, her work yields a profound overall structure.

For the Kunstverein, Rosier developed the exhibition The organs of the whale - On the strategic interplay of architecture and music. In English, the word ‘organ’ denotes both the musical instrument and functional parts of the body anatomy of living beings. More than any instrument, the organ communicates with its sound through the listener’s body. The frequencies, especially as they often enter the listener through the back, seem to penetrate the tissues. Associated with the songs of whales, represented by ‘Moby Dick’, the great whale from Herman Melville's novel of the same name, the anatomical and architectural space of the whale's body are related to that of the church building. This is done through a musical performance in the church space of the Protestant Church in Dorstfeld as well as a subsequent exhibition in the Dortmunder Kunstverein.

Mathilde Rosier studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris. Her exhibitions and performances have recently been shown at the Musée Jeu de Paume, Paris, the Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, the Serpentine Gallery, London, the Camden Arts Centre, London and the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart.


Kindly supported by

Kunststiftung NRW alt

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