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Benôit Maubrey & Hans Peter Kuhn

Audio Jackets


This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Seven ordinary people walked through busy parts of downtown Pittsburgh, Oakland, and Shadyside, dressed in ordinary, but identical, denim pants and jackets and white painters' caps. Nonchalant, they moved in a group or alone, waiting for buses, reading newspapers, and window shopping. In their wake was laughter. Bees buzzing. Telephones ringing. Loud hammering. Unintelligible words in another language. Commotion. Coming from them, in unison, broadcast from circular speakers hidden under their jackets, attached to concealed tape players.

Artist Statement

The American premiere of the Audio Jackets happened in Pittsburgh in August of 1986. The way the guards and the policemen reacted was like we were spreading sounds like dog shit on the sidewalks. But the bums on Market Square said "Amen to that."


Kuhn & Maubrey: August 15 - 16, 1986
About The Artist

Benôit Maubrey was born in Washington, D.C. to French Parents in 1952. In 1975 she attended Georgetown University in Berlin and she received her Bachelor of Arts. She is the co-founder of Kuntspflug, a non-profit arts organization. She does electroacoustic Sculptures. She attaches speakers to objects and the public can 'speak' via Bluetooth. She currently lives and works in Berlin.

Hans Peter Kuhn (German, b. 1952) is a Berlin-based artist and composer who creates large-scale, site-specific light and sound environments for public spaces, museums, theater, and dance. Kuhn's work has been exhibited at Centre Pompidou, Paris; MoMA PS1, New York; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; the Venice Biennale; Metropolitan Opera, New York; Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; ICA, London; and Museum of Fine Arts Boston, among many others. Kuhn was awarded the prestigious Golden Lion at the 1993 Venice Biennal for Memory/Loss, his collaborative installation with theater director and playwright Robert Wilson.

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