Ben Glas | Playing It By Ear

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Ben Glas | Playing It By Ear

OPENING: 1.11.2019 7-10pm
OPEN HOURS: by appointment
SHOW: 1.11.2019- 1.12.2019
ARTIST TALK: 5.11.2019 7pm

“Playing It By Ear” is a performative installation that invites and encourages audience participation in the act of composing their own perception. Consisting of a series of mundane and readily navigable readymade sculptures, “Playing It By Ear” explores the possibilities of subjective perception through the practical lens of aleatoric happenings and chance. Listeners-gone-performers alter the unfolding of the pieces through not only their physical presence and movement, but also mental connections which will vary from individual listener to individual listener.

To “Play It By Ear” is to spontaneously improvise, to remain open and to take moments as they come, without determining a specific and perhaps limiting outcome. Perhaps the point of the installation is to set up a series of cyclical process which will unfold in or out of sync and that will inevitably decentralise solipsistic listening perspectives. In playing it by ear, we can make a conscious decision to compose our awareness and thus the ultimate and yet fluctuating meaning of this work.


Ben Glas (b. 1992) is an American experiential composer based in Berlin. Through ephemeral compositions Glas’ work questions preconceived notions between passive and active participation, collapsing the difference between hearing and listening. In seeking to discover open ended forms of music and listening perspectives, Glas’ approach to music making focuses intently on the active listener’s subjective perception and cognition via the use of acoustics, psychoacoustics and tonal spatialisation.

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