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Hannah Weinberger, Le Moi Du Toi, 2012, speakers, amplifiers, with sound, dimensions variable.

Hannah Weinberger

Swiss Institute / CONTEMPORARY ART

Hannah Weinberger, Le Moi Du Toi, 2012, speakers, amplifiers, with sound, dimensions variable.

Perhaps the most startling aspect of young Basel-based artist Hannah Weinberger’s sound installation Le Moi Du Toi, 2012, is its sheer accessibility. While not technically easy listening—it might be classified, perhaps, as a loungey and sometimes Latinate variant on Chicago house—the relaxed 4/4 instrumental dance music with which Weinberger permeated the Swiss Institute is free of the outré or confrontational aspects shared by so many works in the medium. While wandering through the space, which was veiled here and there with long white curtains and dotted with high-tech speakers, one could easily imagine oneself browsing the racks of one of the many fashion boutiques that are the gallery’s SoHo neighbors, or flagging down a server in a sleek hotel bar.

Sending her lulling rhythms ricocheting unpredictably from lobby to main room to basement, sometimes splitting the sound into

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