The Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon offers Tal Isaac Hadad his first monographic exhibition in France. It will feature an ensemble of works and sound performances generated from new forms of exchange with the public.
Tal Isaac Hadad is a young French visual artist. His sound art is constructed from an analysis of listening experiences and musical objects. His approach, which mostly begins with an observation of the musical scene or from the presence of sound in public spaces, is evocative of that of an ethnomusicologist. He is interested in the therapeutic, social and artistic dimensions of music.
His performances generate an array of auditory sensations amongst listeners that provoke a large range of emotions. It is the latter, naturally present in the context of a concert hall or an opera, which he restitutes and decomposes in the space of the museum in order to invite the public to become aware of it. Récital pour un masseur for example communicates through song the physical sensation of the singers being massaged. The performance Through you generates a sense of excitement and nervousness.
The exhibition makes use of a large community of singers, choirs and therapists. This subversion of therapeutic and musical functions is also reflected in the transformation of musical instruments, i.e., the transformation of a piano in a certain piece done with the aid of piano makers.
Nom de l'artisteTal Isaac Hadad
Born in 1976, Tal Isaac Hadad is a French visual artist.
After graduating in Sonic Arts at the University of Middlesex, London, Tal Isaac Hadad took a Master in Arts and Politics
(SPEAP) at Sciences Po Paris. Tal Isaac Hadad participated in the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010 and the FIAC 2012 in Paris. He was invited to the Marrakech Biennale in 2013 and to the Philharmonie de Paris in 2014. In 2017, he performed at the Opéra de Montpellier as part of a residency with an event entitled Ouverture, a programme of performances for choir and soloist. This gave rise to the piece Récital pour un masseur (Recital for a Masseur), which was programmed at the last São Paulo Biennale and presented in 2019 at the National Gallery in Singapore.
For his first solo exhibition in France, the artist is occupying the space of the Museum with a number of performances involving musical instruments, opera singers and masseurs. His installations and performances are spread over three rooms, in which visitors are invited to listen to their own senses.
Regarder Respirer, the exhibition devised by Tal Isaac Hadad, is constructed in a sequence of movements in the manner
of a symphony. Through various types of experience, the visitor is drawn into the artist’s fascinating world; for several years now, he has been deconstructing the basic principles of classical music and opera.
These recorded or live performances, which involve piano or voice, encourage visitors to identify certain basic phenomena that enable the emotions triggered by the music and the voice to be felt more intensely.
The way the spectator and the participants experience the moment and the act of listening are central to the five works presented: five moments, five encounters with the visitor’s sense of hearing and their emotions.
Tal Isaac Hadad is interested in the therapeutic, social and artistic dimensions of music. By bringing the act of listening into the museum he changes the emphasis of our usual experience of music and explores its nature as one of many sensory experiences.