AYUMI PAUL

A selection of recent or current projects:

(For a more detailed list of works please scroll down)

“What if a museum turned into a space of continuous song?”

The Singing Project exhibition at the Gropius Bau Berlin ended in January 2023; the project itself remains at the Gropius Bau through regular activations in the building and explores the possibilities for a collective practise to find permanent presence in an exhibition space.

 

Next workshop / open singing

20.6.2024

 

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Recent screenings of Earth Rhythms include “Afterlude/ Prelude: Artists respond to Nam June Paik”, jointly organized by SFMOMA, National Gallery Singapore, with Chronus Art Center and Tate Modern and “something in the air” at FAHRBEREITSCHAFT in Berlin.

 

Find more information about the film here —>

New works of the archive of stitched moments in time: 

 

27.12. 539 BCE – Babylon

antique gold thread, handmade paper

43 cm x 67 cm

 

25.1.2783 – Lalibela

antique gold thread, handmade paper

43 cm x 67 cm

 

4.4.1968 – Memphis, Tennessee

antique gold thread, handmade paper

43 cm x 67 cm

ABOUT

Ayumi Paul is an artist, violinist and composer who explores the interdependency of phenomena through listening and engaging the nonlinearity of time. 
Trained as a classical violinist since the age of five, Paul’s interdisciplinary approach to exploring how sound influences perception dismantles limitations of what we see and how we relate to one another. Her distinctive artistic language incorporates materials such as paper, thread and sound recordings, integrating invisible layers of reality like vibration and imagination as spaces for communal creation. Although she works closely with scientific technologies, she consistently returns to the body and its inherent ways of sensing beyond rational comprehension. Her projects often manifest as new languages, rituals and heightened sensitivities, which can be immediately applied to everyday life.
Paul’s work has recently been exhibited at the National Gallery Singapore (2018 and 2021), Kunsthalle Osnabrück (2020), SFMOMA (2021), Auditorium Parco della Musica (2022), haubrok foundation (2023), Gropius Bau (2023) and Georg Kolbe Museum (2024), among others. In 2021, she was awarded a fellowship stipend by the German Academy Villa Massimo in Rome. The Singing Project, a collective practice and singing sculpture, continues to be hosted by the Gropius Bau in Berlin, where she was the Artist in Residence throughout 2022.

 

 

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Sounding Our Senses

by Cassandra Edlefsen Lasch

 

The artistic practice of Ayumi Paul actively attunes matter to reveal seemingly invisible or undetected connections and capacities. By focusing on the interplay of matter, rather than static expressions, she highlights the malleable nature of space-time and endeavours to fold, bend, stretch, and form this phenomenon as a central medium of her practice. Her body of work opens up new vocabularies, new lenses through which to communicate with the world around us. This is a practice of emergent language, which she proffers to her audiences to be taken up even beyond the immediate framework of her practice. Such generosity to enliven sensibilities marks her practice in all stages of presentation, from workshops to installations, musical performance, as well as works on paper.

Often attuning rhythms and patterns between seemingly disconnected stories and phenomena, Ayumi Paul develops ways to perceive synchronicities in the surrounding world. In a recent work, Paul asked nine other artists to document dreams, thoughts, and findings throughout a designated period of time. By aligning these chronologically, what surfaces is a fabric of connection and also a reminder that life is poetry and that we are able to tune into each other. Every aspect of attuning yields reciprocity and grants new means for recognition.

Ayumi Paul cultivates a way of awareness that forgoes the restriction of expectation, offering instead a widening of perception to not only take in but to be permeated with one’s surroundings. Sound, for instance, is a medium Paul hones for its immateriality, urging it to become visible and palpable through its interaction with other elements. To this effect, she builds out richly layered constellations, in the wake of which, what is sensed in proximity is evidenced through affect. Tuning into one aspect shifts the whole.

Paul’s work can be read up against contemporary art predecessors from Felix Gonzalez-Torres to score-based Fluxus artists, such as Alison Knowles, incorporating invitation and social contracts as well as giving-over the extension of their work to its unfolding conditions. While her The Singing Project may encompass singularities of Inszenierung (staging, or literally, feeling ones self into a scene), it also contains an extended invitation. Paul welcomes all participants in her workshops to initiate the work elsewhere at any given time in the (actually unforeseeable) future. Is this a matter of open-share art creation? Or is this action also, integrally, concept and material of her work, the very substance she explores and makes visible? There is a potentiality that is called in by the artist, which cannot be easily or readily defined by signage or set programming as it asks that viewers engage within realms of the creative role itself. 

On a planet forever changed by our global generational experiences, one might start to see and sense more than meets the eye. For example, what boundaries constitute overlapping existences and how the wake of one individual might harbour or extend their presence beyond their body’s physical habitation of space in the most present tense. It marks a shift in conceptualization of where one begins and ends. Might we apply these learnings to Paul’s work? If so, we might witness a space like Gropius Bau’s atrium as one that is occupied by and harbouring Paul’s The Singing Project both in the time slot of one of the artist’s new or full moon gatherings just as much as on days when there’s nothing visible to see, a work extending beyond a keyed duration capable of being experienced in its very anticipation or retrospection. As in quantum physics, the work, in this way, represents all that is in its being-here-ness and its signaled being-not-(yet)-here-ness. 

Contact the artist 

ayumipaul(at)gmail.com

 

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