Ari Benjamin Meyers

Originally trained as an opera conductor and composer, Ari Benjamin Meyers' work explores forms of performance, production, and perception of music. He transposes his compositions into the exhibition context to subvert the social, institutional, and performative conventions that define musical performances. Internationally exhibited works such as The Art, 2016, and the associated temporary formation of a pop band, or Symphony 80, in which 80 musicians of a symphony orchestra move through the museum individually in a long-term performance, question the usual performance situations of music and thus also change the relationship between performers, musicians, and spectators. The same is true for Staatsorchester, a composition for street musicians, or Kunsthalle für Musik, both 2018. Meyers works collaboratively in many projects and has realized joint projects in the past with artists such as Tino Sehgal, Anri Sala, and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, as well as with bands such as The Residents, Chicks on Speed, and Einstürzende Neubauten.

At Ruhr Ding: Klima, Meyers will present the sound and spatial installation Forecast in the city center of Gelsenkirchen, an adaptation of the first part of his music theater performance of the same name, which he has been working on in various versions since 2020. Forecast deals with the phenomenon of weather forecasting and takes this as a starting point for reflections on the need for predictability and the role of humans in climate change.

Ari Benjamin Meyers (*1972) lives in Berlin.

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Forecast (Installation Version/ Part I)

In a Gelsenkirchen shop, visitors will hear the sound and text composition Forecast by Ari Benjamin Meyers, an adaptation of his music theater performance of the same name.