Ketchup Session: Marina Rosenfeld & Samson Young, hosted by Philippe Pirotte
Thursday, July 15, 2021
7 am PDT | 10 am EDT | 4 pm CEST
KADIST is hosting a monthly series of ‘catch-up’ sessions, with short saucy presentations by artists around the world—artists that they’ve been following but haven’t visited in a while to celebrate KADIST’s 20th anniversary.
The second Ketchup Session features Marina Rosenfeld and Samson Young, two artists who combine sound, word, and silence to probe larger questions about our relationships to the intangible yet integral components of art and daily life. Rosenfeld and Young are both featured in Seeing Sound, currently on view at KADIST San Francisco through July 24, 2021. Brief presentations about current work and ideas is followed by an informal dialogue moderated by curator Philippe Pirotte.
Marina Rosenfeld is a New York-based composer and artist working across disciplines. Since the 1990s, when she mounted her first all-female electric-guitar ensembles under the name Sheer Frost Orchestra, her works have probed the intersections of experimental practices in sound with performance, installation, and sculpture, with solo presentations at institutions including the Park Avenue Armory, the Museum of Modern Art, the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, Portikus Frankfurt, the Kitchen, and The Artist’s Institute, among others. Her work has been included in the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2002 and 2008), Montreal (2015), and PERFORMA (2009 and 2011) biennials, and international surveys including Every Time A Ear Di Soun (Documenta14), and Tasmania’s Dark Mofo in 2019. In the contemporary music field, she has created works for the Holland, Borealis, Wien Modern, Time:Spans, Maerz Musik, Vancouver, Pro Musica Nova, Donaueschingen, and Ultima festivals, among many others.
Multi-disciplinary artist Samson Samson Young (born 1979, Hong Kong) works in sound, performance, video, and installation. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Music Composition from Princeton University in 2013. In 2017, he represented Hong Kong at the 57th Venice Biennale. Other solo projects include the De Appel, Amsterdam; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh; SMART Museum, Chicago; Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art in Manchester; M+ Pavilion, Hong Kong; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Ryosoku-in at Kenninji Temple, Kyoto; and Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, among others. Selected group exhibitions include Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Gropius Bau, Berlin; Performa 19, New York; Biennale of Sydney; Shanghai Biennale; National Museum of Art, Osaka; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; Ars Electronica, Linz; and documenta 14: documenta radio, among others. In 2020, he was awarded the inaugural Uli Sigg Prize.
Philippe Pirotte (b.1972, Antwerp, BE) is Adjunct Senior Curator at the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) and Professor Art History and Curatorial Studies at the Städelschule Frankfurt. Currently, Pirotte is a recipient of an Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts fellowship to conduct research in preparation for a major exhibition project to be held at BAMPFA focusing on cultural and artistic developments in relation to the 1955 Asia-Africa Conference in Bandung, Indonesia. He also serves on the Documenta-Commission (2019-2022) which selected ruangrupa as the artistic direction of documenta fifteen (2022). Pirotte held the position of rector of the Städelschule and director of kunsthalle Portikus between 2014–2020. Prior to this, he co-founded the Antwerp contemporary art center objectif (1999), and from 2005-2011 he took on the directorship of Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland. Since 2013, Pirotte has been a KADIST advisor.