George Koutsouris: Nature Symphony
17. September 2022 - 27. November 2022
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The solo exhibition Nature Symphony was a total installation triggered by mechanical sound sculptures created by the Greek-born artist George Koutsouris.
An unpredictable soundscape of the movements from the wind, water, and plants was waving through Møstings’ high-ceilinged rooms.
Koutsouris has been inspired by the movements and sounds of nature, and with this exhibition he examined human’s relationship with nature by questioning our increasing need for control in an otherwise uncontrollable world.
With Nature Symphony, Koutsouris invited us on a journey full of contrasts. While the audience might thought that they were listening to the trickling of water in the stream or the rustling of leaves in the wind, they saw something completely different.
In the exhibition we met constructions of wood, metal, plastic and electronics, all clearly man-made and industrial. Most of the works turned on and off automatically by mechanisms created by the artist, while others were activated interactively by the audience.
The works were created for Møstings, which in the 19th century was used as a summer residence, placed close to Frederiksberg’s cultivated nature. The exhibition did connect the past and the present through a poetic narrative about civilization’s view on nature.
The unique sounds of each work were carefully matched to the acoustics of the rooms, and together they formed the sound of a wonderful landscape. By using low-tech mechanics to mimic nature, Koutsouris emphasized that machines should be built to restore natural environments.
George Koutsouris (b. 1983) graduated as an artist from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts as well as a mechanical engineer from the National Technical University in Athens and an acoustic engineer from the Technical University of Denmark. With his art, Koutsouris explores scientific and mathematical principles through play and curiosity, and by focusing on society’s relationship with nature’s changeability.
Opening: the 16th of September from 5 – 7pm
The exhibition was supported by Statens Kunstfond and partially created at Statens Værksteder for Kunst.