“Sound is Liquid”, published on occasion of the exhibition of the same name at the MUMOK museum in Vienna (November 2021 – August 2022), interrogates the work of German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans. Starting from his early photographs in the 1990s and including works created under the influence of the Corona pandemic, at its core Tillmans’ artistic practice remains motivated by the observation of people, their relationships with other people and their surroundings, and fundamental questions such as “What do I really see? What do I see, and what do I want to see? What is in the picture”.
Opening with essays and written examinations by curators Matthias Michalka and Karola Kraus, cultural scientist Diedrich Diederichsen, art critic Elisabeth Lebovici, art historian George T. Baker and architecture professor Felicity D. Scott, “Sound is Liquid” continues with a more than 100-pages long photographic spread designed by Tillmans himself.
“Tillmans creates photographs, installations, videos and music that explore the boundaries of the visible, reveal diverse perceptual possibilities, and offer subtle insights into the foundations of our togetherness and desire. His openness and rejection of any one-dimension perspective render unconsidered postulates of truth just as questionable as absolutist standpoints or authoritarian stances.
The resulting works demonstrate the will to form communities, to interact with others, to engage in self-reflection, and thus overcome rigid (aggregate) states.”
― from Matthias Michalka’s and Karola Kraus’s foreword