Listen, Hissen, Hessin!

Wednesday 22 June
Listen, Hissen, Hessin! | Wednesday 22 June  | IMMA

The first live performance of six-piece experimental sound group Hissen

The Passion According to Carol Rama, IMMA Galleries • Free, but advance booking required, to book click here 

Listen, Hissen, Hessin! is a one night live performance in response to The Passion According to Carol Rama; Italian artist Carol Rama’s current exhibition at IMMA. A roving soundscape performed by six Dublin based visual artists working under the aegis of Hissen, featuring Karl Burke, Jessica Conway, Teresa Gillespie, Jonathan Mayhew, Suzanne Walsh and Lee Welch. This will be their first public performance as a six-piece experimental sound group and will take place within the galleries at IMMA.

Deliberately contrasting with the aesthetic of Italian artist Carol Rama’s work (1918-2015), Listen, Hissen, Hessin! riffs off Rama’s strategies and approaches to making her work – instinct, experiment, materiality, the queering of perceptions, wit, contradictions, freedom, and sensuality. The evening seeks to capture this attitude, offering it an alternative form via sound and motion.

This performative soundscape is a response to the architecture of the space, the artworks on display, and between the artist/performers themselves. It is improvised, lo fi, and layered using a combination of digital sound, voice, musical instruments, human touch, and found objects – a hanging window blind, an air vent, a stool.

Through live scoring and choreography, Listen, Hissen, Hessin! wants to agitate the viewers experience of the exhibition, to break a certain social order, and to question any conclusion you might come to in reading Carol Rama’s, or indeed Hissen’s, work. To echo Anne Dressen’s recent description of Carol Rama in Artforum (February 2016), the event plays off a sense of the artist as “trouble-maker”.

The title of the event Listen, Hissen, Hessin! references the urban phrase ‘hessin’, defined as a lack of motivation to do anything other than party, and a desire to do anything illegal.

Hissen is supported by the Studio 6 open programme at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin.

Wednesday 22 June
Royal Hospital, Kilmainham
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