Wolfgang Gil explores sound as a plastic medium, crafting sonic events that can be expanded, compressed, and twisted; filling, narrowing, dividing, coloring, saturating, and emptying the space of listening.
The artist’s ‘sculptural’ approach to sound is predominantly founded on the human’s natural ability to interpret the physical properties of a space, such as height, width, and depth, through the act of hearing.
Due to sound’s intrinsic temporality, Gil’s sonic constructions, unlike traditional sculptural works, are not fixed objects in space. They provide sonic cues, which are decoded by the listener’s mind as virtual, moving volumes in space. Thus, the artist’s work is completed only when the listener actively engages in a personal dialog with the sound and space. The work becomes a context in which the listener is encouraged to contemplate the act of listening as a phenomenon, intentionally disassociated from narrative or representation.
In 2012, Gil, Daniel Neumann, and Richard Garet launched a portable gallery/platform under Garet’s record label Contour Editions. With a focus on multichannel sound installations, the platform addresses the needs of sound works that require a specialized listening situation in order to be fully experienced. For Contour Editions – Installation, the situation of listening is considered to be an integral part of the works themselves. The completed work is not the audio file, as it would be on CD or .MP3 releases, but the total conditions within the space where the work is presented. Gil performs different roles in the organization, including curatorial and production responsibilities. Contour Editions – Installation has released 7 such installation works with Gil’s close involvement.
Gil has presented work in venues such as Eyebeam (New York, NY), The Loop Festival (Barcelona, Spain), Diapason Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Harvestworks (New York, NY), Issue Project Room (Brooklyn, NY), ASPN Gallery (Leipzig, Germany), and the Subtropics Biennial (Miami, FL). He has also presented workshops on sound and technology both nationally and internationally.
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