Cia Rinne
sounds for soloists


June 21, 2012

Cia Rinne
sounds for soloists

Exhibition and performances at Grimmuseum, Berlin, 23 June–22 July 2012, as part of  Berlin, Malmö, and Reykjavík tour 2012–2013

Opening: 23 June 2012, 7pm
Performance by Cia Rinne, 8pm

Fichte Strasse 2
10967 Berlin, Germany
Hours: Wed–Sun, 2–7pm

Curator: Solvej Helweg Ovesen
Assistant Curator: Kordula Fritze-Srbic

sounds for soloists is the first solo exhibition by Finland-Swedish-born poet and artist Cia Rinne (1973) taking place at the Grimmuseum as part of a tour in Northern Europe. sounds for soloists is a sonar exhibition that presents how one single person with a multilingual voice uses it as an instrument to perform complex, yet minimal compositions generated at the leap of global multilingualism. The exhibition presents three cross-lingual sound installations by Cia Rinne, amongst others sounds for soloists (realized in collaboration with Sebastian Eskildsen) and sans y/eux, in mostly English, German, and French, but also Swedish, Italian, and Spanish. Furthermore, two of her text-based installations, indices and h/ombres, as well as the text installations notes for soloists and serious cerises are on display. sounds for soloists will be accompanied by a series of performances by Tomomi Adachi (JP), Anders Lauge Meldgaard/Frisk Frugt (DK), Ukon (S), and Cia Rinne. The Nordic exhibition spaces Signal, Malmö, and The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík, will host the tour in 2012–2013.

Cia Rinne, herself of a multilingual background, writes highly playful conceptual pieces evocative of Fluxus and Dada poetry. In written form, the pieces appear as drawings and composition text in line with the traditions of concrete and visual poetry. With a strict material and conceptual discipline, Rinne reduces wide terrains of philosophical and linguistic complexities to their very essence or their sonar qualities: “i am what i am what i ami a mia mi ami a miami amen,” ”1/one/ohne/oh no/ono/on/o/ (oh no),” ”answer this question carefully: o yes o no.” Her work reflects on different ways of understanding and using language, thought, and sound. Her works, both readings, writings, and visuals, are liberated from the constraints of certain artistic genres, they operate freely on the borders of disciplines such as poetry reading, writing, performance, and collage-making. sounds for soloists is the first comprehensive show of Cia Rinne’s cross-lingual text and sound art in Berlin.

A series of performances by different soloists accompany sounds for soloists on tour. At Grimmuseum, the program of the Lyrical Summer performances is as follows:
23 June, 8pm: Cia Rinne
5 July, 8pm: Anders Lauge Meldgaard & Cia Rinne
19 July, 8pm: Tomomi Adachi & Cia Rinne

Guided tours: 24 June, 8 July, 22 July at 3pm

Cia Rinne, MA in philosophy (Frankfurt, Athens, and Helsinki), lives and works in Berlin. Recently she took part in exhibitions, including the Terra infirma show at the ISCP New York 2010, the Turku Biennial 2011, and Kallio Kunsthalle in Helsinki 2011. Rinne’s publications include zaroum (2001), The Roma Journeys (with Joakim Eskildsen, Steidl 2007), the online work archives zaroum (2008), notes for soloists (OEI Editör, Stockholm 2009), and the sound work sounds for soloists (2011).
The exhibition is realized with support from The Nordic Culture Fund and the Foundation for Swedish Culture in Finland.

Press contact Grimmuseum, Enrico Centonze: centonze [​at​] / T +49 (0) 15112412524.