Loris Gréaud: The Unplayed Notes & The Underground Sculpture Park 2012-2020
Hatje Cantz, 2022
The works by the conceptual artist Loris Gréaud (b. 1979, France) include installations, films, and architecture, as does his long-term project taking place around the world, The Unplayed Notes. Viewers encounter an experimental field of diverse media, all of which attempt to give form to temperature, light waves, or time. Gréaud is interested in the stages of artistic production. The process of searching per se becomes visible in his installations.
This book invites readers to travel through a host of fantastical stories, from the (sur)natural history museum cleverly vandalized to the reactivation as poetic as it is disturbing of an old glass factory to the burial ad vitam of sculptures in a subterranean park in the heart of the desert — in accordance with the ideas of Karlheinz Stockhausen, which gave the book and this series of projects their name: the actual meaning of a work lies in its unplayed, unheard notes.
Yet, the monolith features more than 300 hundred art works spread across 500 pages and traces eight years of aesthetic experiments and adventures from Paris, New York, Dallas, Venice to Puerto Escondido, Mexico. It includes one complementary essay by the artist’s long-time collaborator, outstanding theorist, and curator Nicolas Bourriaud.