Jun 4th 2016

Learning To Drive A Piano

@ Kavi Gupta Chicago

219 N Elizabeth St, Chicago, Illinois 60607

Opening Saturday, June 4th, from 4PM - 7PM

On view through Saturday, August 6th

Please join us for the opening of Johanna Billing “Learning How to Drive a Piano” on Saturday, June 4 from 4–7 pm! The exhibition will be on view at Kavi Gupta | 219 N. Elizabeth St.

“Learning How to Drive a Piano” features a striking and immersive presentation of two films and their accompanying albums by Johanna Billing at Kavi Gupta’s Elizabeth Street space. The exhibition marks the U.S. premiere of her newest endeavor, “Pulheim Jam Session,” 2015, alongside “I’m Lost Without Your Rhythm,” 2009. These films use cinematic imagery to show the transformative capabilities of live events staged by the artist.

For both projects the Stockholm-based artist was invited to European towns and worked with local residents as untrained actors. Billing often uses music and dance as structures for communal activities—placing forms such as jazz, pop music, and postmodern dance slightly out of context. By creating these happenings and letting them unfold, the artist asks “is a place the physical locality, or is it the people within it?”1 Rooted in improvisation and spontaneity, the films possess a warm, familial tone. Group actions provide the potential for exchange, intimacy, learning, and experience.

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