“You might come out of the water every time singing” – Kaffe Matthews
What do we actually hear of the landscape in which we live? The drone of cars, revving scooters, and rumbling trams. Shop doorbells, church bells, ringtones, and singing birds. Heels tapping on the pavement, children’s voices in the school, and cows in the countryside… We hear them, but rarely listen.
With 11th-century liturgy and experimental music, ordinary sounds and electronic noise, soundtracks of sharks, web DJs, speech karaoke, radio, and voices, Marres opens a world of sound that will have Maastricht buzzing this summer. In Marres “Undertones” exhibition, works are presented by Haroon Mirza, Ryan Gander, Sarah van Sonsbeeck, Lyndsey Housden, Chaim van Luit, Joseph Beuys, Anri Sala, Nishiko, and Paul Devens.
Outside Marres, Kaffe Matthews composes an audio-visual installation inspired by sharks for the marl caves of Sint Pietersberg. In the cells of the Minderbroedersberg, Espen Sommer Eide surrounds the visitor with scattered sounds of political unrest. In the crypt of the Basilica of St. Servatius, the ensemble Graindelavoix develops from July 16 onwards a sound installation based on the holy Servaas liturgy. Rutger Zuydervelt and Mark Bain make work for the Marres ice cellar and the 18th century fortifications. At Intro in situ, works by Thomas Rutgers, Jitske Blom, and David Helbich can be heard.
Download a description of the art works and information about the Undertones route: City map and cahier Undertones
Marres, House for Contemporary Culture was founded in Maastricht in 1998. The name Marres stems from the brewer’s family that lived in the house for a good part of the 20th century. With exhibitions, lectures, research, performances and publications, Marres explores the visual arts in the widest possible sense. Visitors are invited to wander through the spaces of the intimate house, experience the beautiful city garden or enjoy a coffee or meal at Marres Kitchen. Marres is run by a small team of mostly part-time employees, complemented by various freelancers and a group of enthusiastic volunteers. They are often looking for driven people that like art, feel engaged with art, that like to inform people about exhibitions and that make visitors feel at home.