Dissonant Counterpoint

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Gloria Glitzer

In occasion of Diana Policarpo’s exhibition »Dissonant Counterpoint« at KV – Verein für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, curated by Anna Jehle and Juliane Schickedanz, we were invited by to develop a publication on Johanna Magdalena Beyer.

»Johanna Magdalena Beyer (*1888 Leipzig, †1944 New York) was most likely the first woman to compose for electronic instruments such as the theremin. One of her most important works is her unfinished, political opera ›Status Quo‹ which she began in 1938. Conceived in four acts, its central motifs explore both social criticism and utopianism. Only the opening and the end of the piece, titled ›Music of Spheres‹, are still extant as musical scores, whereas other parts have only survived as graphical notations or sketches.

Johanna M. Beyer’s passion for astrology and political activism form the springboard for Diana Policarpo to recreate Beyer’s personhood, life story and her unfinished music in her artwork.« — KV Leipzig

Artzine with following inserts: offset printed mirror postcard; folded, three color riso printed poster and offset printed sticker.

Franziska Brandt, Moritz Grünke, Anna Jehle, Juliane Schickedanz
44 pages
Staple binding
20.5 × 28cm