by Gloria Glitzer
Publication in occasion of Diana Policarpo’s exhibition »Dissonant Counterpoint« at KV Leipzig. Curated by Anna Jehle and Juliane Schickedanz.
»Johanna Magdalena Beyer (*1888 Leipzig, †1944 New York) was most likely the first woman to compose for electronic instruments such as the theremin. One of her most important works is her unfinished, political opera ›Status Quo‹ which she began in 1938. Conceived in four acts, its central motifs explore both social criticism and utopianism. Only the opening and the end of the piece, titled ›Music of Spheres‹, are still extant as musical scores, whereas other parts have only survived as graphical notations or sketches.Johanna Beyer’s passion for astrology and political activism form the springboard for Diana Policarpo to recreate Beyer’s personhood, life story and her unfinished music in her artwork.« — KV Leipzig
For the exhibition at the KV Leipzig we were invited to develop an artists’ book in hommage to Johanna M. Beyer.Concept by Gloria Glitzer · Text by Anna Jehle and Juliane Schickedanz · Translation by Amanda Oliver · Editing by Peter Hermans
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