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Rabbit Hole

5 june - 17 august 2014

Opening Wednesday 4th June 2014 at 6:30 pm

Born in 1985 in Pembury (United Kingdom), Oliver Beer lives and works in London (United Kingdom) and Paris (France). A composer by training, he studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art from the University of Oxford (United Kingdom). He also followed the Film and Audiovisual Studies masters at the University Paris-Sorbonne. In 2009, he won the Saatchi Gallery’s New Sensations Prize. He has held numerous artist residencies including at the Pavilion of the Palais de Tokyo in 2011, at the Saint-Louis glassworks with the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès in 2012, and at the Villa Arson (along with artist Shingo Yoshida) at the end of December 2013.

The artwork of Oliver Beer, centres on the interaction or play between the architectural space and the human voice, and has resulted in a large corpus of acoustic performances as part of what he calls The Resonance Project. In this "project", he experiments on the interaction between space and sound. The artist reveals the oscillations of harmony and its "choreography" with the living, and puts bodies in dialogue with architecture, thus exploring the potential of such a relationship to alter our perceptions.

Oliver Beer is a musician, as well as a multidisciplinary artist working through the media of drawing, photography, video and performance art. An entire floor of the macLYON will be devoted to the solo exhibition of this young British artist. This will feature a new work, Rabbit Hole, froms the series Aural Architecture, and following on from The Resonance Project, complemented by certain pieces displayed to the public for the first time.