TO IMMURE A PIANO
2014 – now
„Lisa Hopf’s artistic interest is a result of her years of engagement with dance. Working with one’s own body in relation to the space surrounding it led to a deep exploration of places, non-places and how people interact with them. Her interests are the seemingly unnoticed, urban spaces, often subjected to strong changes.
In her new work „To Immure a Piano“, Lisa Hopf returns to these concerns. Inspired by the fransofmation of Offenbach’s harbor area, she has immured, or buried, a piano into the walls of one of the new buildings. The presence of something which is not visible – the piano remains hidden for the viewer who only sees another concrete wall in a building site – infuses the space with meaning. The former non-place is thus converted into a place of reflection; a monument is created.
The act of concealment of a piano and the resulting silence of the instrument is reminiscent of works by Joseph Beuys, John Cage and the Fluxus movement. During their „Internationale Festspiele Neuester Musik“ which took place in Wiesbaden 1961, the destruction of a piano, as well as an acoustic silence was undertaken.
Furthermore the artist focuses on the practice of „foundation sacrifices“. This making of sacrifices – a common cultural act of incorporating a living being or object into a newly completed building – was thought to protect both the sacrificed person and the building’s new inhabitants. The building of a functioning piano into the wall of the apartment’s underground garage carries the possibility of being able to play the instrument – an act that, if it were to be attempted, would lead to the destruction of this work of art.“
Text by LUKAS ENGERT
2014 FdjT, Festival der jungen Talente, curated by Roos Gortzak, Offenbach am Main, Germany
permanent installation in a basement garage in Offenbach am Main