Oliver Beer

    March 15, 2017 - June 4, 2017
    Ikon Gallery
    1 Oozells Square
    Birmingham, B1 2HS

    British artist Oliver Beer returns to Ikon for the first time since 2011 to provide audiences with an opportunity to encounter his new and recent work within the context of a judicious survey.

    Oliver Beer interrogates at once the physical properties and emotional value of objects, with a paradoxical emphasis on emptiness and absence. The notion of “negative space” is key – whereby a balance is struck between occupied and unoccupied space – so the viewer is confronted with what is, literally, not there. A number of recent works have involved a selection of vessels – ceramic and otherwise – to create idiosyncratic musical instruments as installations. The empty space within each vessel has its own musical note at which it resonates, and so contributes to a symphony of natural frequencies, with microphones feeding back into looping sound systems.

    A new work, commissioned by Ikon, Reanimation (I Wanna Be Like You), 2017 is a “re-animation” of a scene from Walt Disney’s Jungle Book. 2,500 local school children, from early years until the age of 13, were invited to join in, drawing film stills in order of their age, so that the animation becomes increasingly “grown up”. Frame by frame the scribbles of infants progressively give way to the increasingly lucid drawings of children and then adolescents. Thus Oliver Beer touches on the inexorable passage of time – through a time-based medium – in order to encourage a consideration of what it is like to be human.

    More information: https://ikon-gallery.org/event/oliver-beer/

    Read more
    October 1, 2016 - October 2, 2016
    Pont des Arts
    75006 PARIS
    En continu de 19h à 7h
    La Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac est heureuse d’annoncer la participation d’Oliver Beer à la Nuit Blanche 2016. Le 1er octobre, l’artiste présentera une nouvelle installation sonore et lumineuse sur le Pont des Arts.
    Mixée en directe et diffusée en divers points du pont, une captation sonore du fleuve rendra audible une vie sous-marine insoupçonnée où cohabitent lents mouvements de fonds, échos d’embarcations motorisées et clapotis, entre autres sonorités non identifiées. En dialogue avec ces voix liquides, un halo de lumière fluorescente animera la Seine. Par ce dispositif inspiré des lumières vertes utilisées par les pêcheurs thaïlandais pour attirer poissons et calamars, l’artiste tentera de révéler la vie secrète du fleuve.
    Read more
  • Imprisoned, Jailbreak, Imprisoned, Jailbreak
    March 19, 2016 - April 30, 2016
    Tokyo, Japan

    Oliver Beer has been invited to participate in an artist-led group exhibition that explores the notion of "the frame". Whether it be linguistic, socio-political, perspectival, material, or of the boundary around something, "the frame" tends to form itself and is inseparable from human existence. Artists are capable of reconstructing this pre-existing "frame." It is the artist, who can eliminate, manipulate, transcend, and even transform its meaning. 


    More information

    Read more
  • Talk
    November 12, 2015 - November 12, 2015
    Tokyo Wonder Site Residency
    Tokyo, Japan

    Talk on November 12th, 3pm-5pm

    Oliver Beer (Artist), Jonathan Watkins (Director: IKON Gallery, Birmingham), Mami Kataoka (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo)

    As recipient of the 2015 Daiwa Foundation Art Prize, Oliver Beer has been invited to participate in a talk about his work.

    Arts Kikukawa 1F, 2-14-7 Tatekawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

    Read more
  • Life, Death and Tennis / Deconstructing Sound
    November 7, 2015 - December 6, 2015
    Tokyo, Japan

    Oliver Beer is the recipient of the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize 2015. In this context, the artist was invited to show his work in Japan in two venues as well as to particpate in several talks.

    The exhibition at AOYAMA-MEGURO (7 - 28 Nov.) will provide a survey of Oliver Beer’s extensive practice, conceived through his exploration of vision and sound. It includes: Life, Death and Tennis (2015), his new film edited from the televised Wimbledon final; Silence is Golden (2013), glass spheres each of which contains a gold replica of one of the ossicles; This is a Churchwarden Pipe (2014), a bisected tobacco pipe. Head of the prize jury, Jonathan Watkins remarks: “Much of Oliver Beer’s work embodies absence.”

    The exhibition Deconstructing Sound at ASAKUSA (8 Nov. - 6 Dec.) is the first exhibition dedicated to a specific field of Beer's work: videos, and illustrates how the artist analyses the question of sound in this medium.

    For more information on the AOYAMA-MEGURO exhibition

    For more information on the ASAKUSA exhibition

    Read more
  • Where the day begins
    October 2, 2015 - January 10, 2016
    Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut, Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France

    Oliver Beer will participate in the upcoming group show Where the day begins at the Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut. He will present his work Silence is Goldenmade from crystal glas with support of the Cristallerie Royale de Saint-Louis during his residency at Fondation Hermès.

    Opening on the 2 October 2015 the exhibition takes the form of a poetic itinerary on the theme of individual emancipation through (re)cognition of the world around us. Visitors are invited to go on a misterious journey that reveals one's perception and awareness of knowledge, symbols, nature, the body, creation, space and time.

    For further information about the exhibition please click here.

    Read more
  • Call to Sound
    September 2, 2015 - September 2, 2015
    Kemankeş Mah. Hamam Sok. No:1 34425 Istanbul, Turkey

    To coincide with the Istanbul Biennal Oliver Beer presents Call to Sound, a site-specific Composition for Mimar Sinan’s Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamam in Tophane, Karaköy. Call to Sound is part of Oliver Beer’s series entitled The Resonance Project that works with acoustic resonance, and the relationship between sound, music and architecture. Every architectural space resounds at its own precise musical notes – its ‘resonant frequencies’ – which are determined by the dimensions and the geometry of the space. In Call To Sound the viewer is invited to move through the hamam during the composition as singers stimulate the resonant frequencies of the architecture, just as a wine glass can resonate at the tip of a finger.

    Indeed, in exactly the same way that an organ pipe resounds at its own particular notes, Beer will be using human voices to stimulate the innate harmonies of the building to resonate. The harmonic response is determined by unchanging acoustic physical and mathematical laws, and the new composition will weave these notes into a form of architectural polyphony which is unique to this specific architecture.

    The artist describes how he has ‘tuned’ the Kiliç Ali Paşa Hamam, discovering that tonally the building has a strong Eb as its most important resonant frequency, whilst incorporating the diatonic harmonies of Ab major.

    Beer says: “The Kiliç Ali Paşa Hamam was completed in 1580. The notes at which the Ottoman building resonates, and which it amplifies in response to the human voice, have remained unchanged since the day the architect Mimar Sinan conceived its form. The building’s geometry is so perfectly regular, and its surfaces so dense and smooth, it could almost have been designed as a massive and subtle musical instrument.

    The harmonic response of the building will remain the same – throughout the centuries – no matter what language and what melodies are sung within its walls. The tonality of architecture, something which is largely unrecognized in modern construction, is an instinctive part of our response to our surroundings: in the prehistoric caves of France for example, recent studies have suggested that concentrations of cave paintings and specific red marks indicate points of particularly strong harmonic resonance.”



    Oliver Beer

    Musical Director

    Eray Altınbuken (ITU/MIAM)


    Seren Akyoldaş, Ufuk Atar, Başak Ceber, Nur Diker, Murat Güney, Recep Gül, Baruyr Kuyumcıyan, Deniz Özçelik, Alin Aylin Yağcıoğlu, Canan Tuğberk

    Listen to the artist talk about the performance, interviewed by Cathy Byrd from Fresh Art International. 

    Read more
  • Oliver Beer receives Daiwa Art Prize 2015
    June 17, 2015 - June 17, 2015

    Oliver Beer is this year´s winner of the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize.
    Awarded by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation the prize offers a unique opportunity for a British artist to gain exposure to Japan’s visual arts sector. Oliver Beer is now invited to exhibit at the Aoyama | Meguro Gallery in Tokyo in Autumn 2015. In addition, he receives a participation fee of £5000 and a period of support and introduction to key individuals and organisations in the Japanese contemporary art world. Oliver Beer's work is on show at the Daiwa Foundation Japan House until 17 July 2015.

    Read more
  • So Far So Long
    April 11, 2015 - June 5, 2015
    Pelaires Centre Cultural Contemporani in Palma de Mallorca, Spain

    Under the title So Far So Long the Pelaires Centre Cultural Contemporani in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, presents a group exhibition with works by Marc Brandenburg, Oliver Beer and Jack Pierson. So Far So Long will be on view until 5 June 2015. Please click here for further details about the exhibition.

    Read more
    April 10, 2015 - April 12, 2015
    Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

    Under the title DO DISTURB! the Palais de Tokyo, (Paris) presents from 10 - 12 April, 2015, around 60 events, such as concerts, performances, projections, non-stop during one single weekend.

    As part of the Festival, the Centre national des art plastiques (CNAP) presents a collection of works from its collection, reflecting the wide range of today´s performance practices. Video programming complements this proposal in particular with the outstanding presentation of the video Deep and Meaningful by Oliver Beer.

    For this first edition of DO DISTURB!, Palais de Tokyo invited guest contributions from some of the world’s best-known art establishments: MoMA PS1 (New York), Tate Modern (London), Berghain (Berlin), Matadero Madrid, CNAP (Paris) and the 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine. New creations, works being premiered in France and unmissable performances will all feature in the programme.

    For further information about the festival please click here


    Read more