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View of “American Producers,” 2014–15.

“American Producers”

Between Bridges

View of “American Producers,” 2014–15.

“American Producers” was the second iteration of the Playback Room, a project series organized by Wolfgang Tillmans that proposes that the art world attend to music on the latter’s own terms. The project aims to present music at its intended playback quality and to submit it to contemporary art’s viewing habits and interpretive frameworks. Here, visitors entered Between Bridges through a tunnel designed by artist Anders Clausen into a white-walled exhibition space sparsely arranged by Tillmans in collaboration with Clausen: Ten wooden chairs stood in two rows facing a top-end hi-fi system calibrated to the acoustic and architectural specifics of the room. Sound-dampening acoustic panels of white felt lined the walls. On the ceiling, red, white, and blue fluorescent lights further highlighted the fact that, as promised by the show’s title, the producers of the twenty-three songs

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