Paris

Ann Hamilton

La Maison Rouge

Phora, Ann Hamilton’s current installation at La Maison Rouge in Paris, occupies all three of the foundation’s galleries plus the connecting corridor and basement. By inhabiting the space acoustically as well as plastically, Hamilton integrates this heterogeneous amalgam of rooms without masking the building’s structure, orchestrating the visitor’s trajectory into a sequence of interrelated experiences via the movement and motif of sound.

In recent years Hamilton’s longstanding interest in ways that bodily and linguistic experience form and shape our understanding of the world has moved away from a highly visceral, physical embodiment in favor of a disembodied counterpart, one focused increasingly on sound in the guise of the voice. For example, tropos (commissioned for Dia Center for the Arts in 1993), an intensely sensory experience generated primarily by a vast pelt of horsehair, eclipsed

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