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Give Rise To Billy Bultheel & Viviana Abelson
Landeszeughaus, 6 & 8:30 p.m.


with Alexander Iezzi, Rebecca Lane, Jie Ren Lim

Herrengasse 16


Photo: N. Lackner

HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark is pleased to present a remarkable site-specific production within a newly initiated performance series, Give Rise To, which this year will address the resources and different population groups in the city of Graz from various perspectives. The Belgian artist Billy Bultheel presents the performance UNTER KAMMERMUSIK (Under Chamber Music) in collaboration with the Argentinian artist Viviana Abelson.

By composing immersive musical scores and experimental soundscapes, Bultheel reanimates the bodies that originally served as the vehicles of war. In UNTER KAMMERMUSIK, he uses the bodies of the performers to achieve this, letting them move through the narrow and dark corridors of the historical building as they play their instruments, creating an intimate acoustic environment for reflection about vulnerability and resilience, darkness and light, the past and the present.

Free Admission
Access with 2G certificate and FFP2 mask


Participating artists

Billy Bultheel

*1987 Brussels, lives in Berlin

began his collaboration with artist Anne Imhof in 2013 and became an integral part of her group of close collaborators, beginning with her early works School of the Seven Bells, Parade, Deal, Rage, which have been shown worldwide in museums such as PS1, New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Liste Basel, Basel.

In 2016, Bultheel wrote the music for Imhof’s wildly acclaimed opera ANGST, which was performed at Kunsthalle Basel, Basel; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; and MAC Montréal, Montréal. In 2017, at the invitation of Susanne Pfeffer, Bultheel composed and produced the music for Imhof’s performance FAUST for the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, which won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. In 2018, Bultheel brings together his practices in performance and composition in large-scale performance installations. He transforms entire architectural complexes into musical instruments and uses performance to activate these instruments with choreographed movement. Recent works include The Minutes of Olomouc (2020), When Doves Cry (2019), and Signs of Invasion (2018), the latter of which took place at the Schinkel Pavilion in Berlin.

Viviana Abelson

*1985 Buenos Aires, lives in Frankfurt am Main

first studied at the Buenos Aires University, before moving to the University of the Arts in Berlin (Contemporary Photography Class) and then to the Hochschule für Bildende Künste-Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. Her installations and sculptures are characterized by contrasts. Rigid forms and elastic materials enter into tension-filled connections. The works address the invisible, power-exerting forces that affect us in a larger social context.

The Argentine has had exhibitions at Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main; Cine Olido, São Paulo; Benaki Museum, Athens; Museu d’Art de Cerdanvola, LOOp Top 10, Barcelona.


Photo: N. Lackner