Oliver Beer

  • , The Resonance Project, Centre Pompidou, 2014
  • , Vessel Orchestra, 2019
    Vessel Orchestra, Met Breuer, New York, USA
  • , Vessel Orchestra, 2019
    Vessel Orchestra, Met Breuer, New York, USA (2019)
  • Recomposition (Orpheus and Eurydice), Detail, 2020
  • , Recomposition (Orpheus and Eurydice), 2020
  • , Reanimation (Snow White), 2014
  • Resonance Painting (Prelude), 2020
  • , Little Gods (Chamber Organ)
    Oliver Beer, Little Gods (Chamber Organ), 2022 - 32 vessels, 32 microphones, speakers, plinths, audio equipment– Variable dimensions.
  • , Little Gods (Chamber Organ)
    Oliver Beer, Little Gods (Chamber Organ), 2022 - 32 vessels, 32 microphones, speakers, plinths, audio equipment– Variable dimensions.
  • , Little Gods (Chamber Organ)
    Oliver Beer, Little Gods (Chamber Organ), 2022 - 32 vessels, 32 microphones, speakers, plinths, audio equipment– Variable dimensions.
  • , Little Gods (Chamber Organ)
    Oliver Beer, Little Gods (Chamber Organ), 2022 - 32 vessels, 32 microphones, speakers, plinths, audio equipment– Variable dimensions.
  • , Little Gods (Chamber Organ)
    Oliver Beer, Little Gods (Chamber Organ), 2022 - 32 vessels, 32 microphones, speakers, plinths, audio equipment– Variable dimensions.

Oliver Beer studied musical composition at the Academy of Contemporary Music before reading Fine Art at the Ruskin, University of Oxford and film theory at the Sorbonne, Paris. He makes sculptures, installations, videos, and immersive live performances that reveal the hidden properties of objects, bodies, and architectural sites. Drawing on his musical training, his social and familial relationships often become the blueprint for multi-disciplinary works that engage with intimate and universal concerns, such as the transmission of musical memories and the personal and cultural meanings invested in the things we possess.

For his Resonance Project (2007–), vocal performances stimulate the natural harmonics of built structures, generating a disarmingly visceral relationship between the audience and interior space. Beer’s sculptural practice dissects the material world and the traces we leave on it by slicing and reassembling common objects to create new meanings and forms.

Beer’s work has been the subject of many solo and group exhibitions, notably at Met Breuer, Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA PS1, New York; Centre Pompidou, Opéra Garnier, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Palais de Tokyo and Chateau of Versailles, Paris; the Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; WIELS, Brussels and the Sydney, Istanbul and Venice biennales. Beer will be included in the British Art Show 9 and has also held residencies at the Palais de Tokyo, the Watermill Centre, Sydney Opera House and the Fondation Hermès.


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