Richard Garet: "Before Me".

Sound and Fury

By Yehudit Mam, August 5, 2013

Yesterday, we went to MoMa for a preview of their new exhibition, Soundings: A Contemporary Score, the first such show devoted to sound art in this museum. We are thrilled that our friend and member of the DADA community, Richard Garet, has an amazing piece in the show.

His work, Before Me (2012), involves a vinyl l.p. (remember those?) as it spins at 33 1/3 rpm with a marble spinning on it, and the scratchy sound it makes will remind you of that old time feeling of listening to music with the otherworldly, yet human sound of the needle scratching the grooves. Garet was inspired by the myth of Sisyphus, who rolls a giant rock up a mountain, only to have to start all over again forever, surely the way many artists feel as they struggle in their creative endeavors. As in many of Garet’s works, there is a trance-like quality to this piece as the solid state instruments create that soothing, familiar sound and you are mesmerized by the record and the marble spinning like some sort of modern, hi-fi mandala.

There are other cool pieces in the small, but well curated show. We were also impressed by Jana Winderen’s Ultrafield, a room in which you can hear the sounds of nature that the human ear can’t perceive.

Soundings: A Contemporary Score opens on August 10 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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