Exhibition in the city

Piano Chair, 2011, 24 lambda prints face-mounted with plexiglass on aluminium panels, 34 x 60cm each, by Robin Rhode.

A new exhibition called Sounding the Void, Imaging the Orchestra V.1 opens tomorrow, Thursday June 6, at the A4 Arts Foundation, 23 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town.

Curated by Bhavisha Panchia, the show features works by Vivian Caccuri, Chris Chafe, Nick Cave, Andrew Pekler, Robin Rhode, Sahel Sounds and Jenna Sutela, as well as a selection of podcasts from Phantom Power and audio media from the collection of Nothing to Commit Records.

“A key question that the exhibition asks is: what kind of generative opportunity lies in the act of tactful listening?” says Panchia. “I started from the proposition: how we listen determines what we hear.”

The artworks in Sounding the Void, Imaging the Orchestra V.1 use audio media from vinyl records, video and installation to podcasts, web releases and performance lectures.

“The works demonstrate the potential of audio to reconstruct narratives. I want to foster an assembly of voices and positions,” says Panchia.

The exhibition includes Sahel Sounds, a recording project and vinyl record label dedicated to music and culture from the Sahel region of north-western Africa.

Accompanying the exhibition is a public programme of talks, workshops and seminars.

The exhibition runs until Thursday August 22. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and on Saturday from 10am to 2pm.