Conversation gelbe MUSIK Listening Session

gelbe MUSIK © Anna Block


Goethe-Institut New York

30 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003

As part of the interdisciplinary event series Ursula Block’s gelbe MUSIK – 33 Years in Review highlighting the history and archive of experimental music of the sound art curatorial pioneer, Ursula Block participates in a listening session and conversation with curators Fiona McGovern and Justin Luke.

Over its 33 years in existence gelbe MUSIK, Block’s unique record store and gallery,  functioned as an important meeting ground for musicians, composers, visual artists and choreographers from all over the world. Artists such as Maryanne Amacher, Henning Christiansen, Romuald Hazoumé, Christina Kubisch, Christian Marclay, Nam June Paik, and Akio Suzuki are among the many artists Block worked with, often presenting their first show in Germany. In addition to programming at gelbe MUSIK, Block was involved in a number of exhibitions dedicated to artist’s records in a variety of locations throughout the mid-1980s. In 1989 Block worked with Michael Glasmeier to co-curate the influential and crucial exhibition Broken Music at daadgalerie, Berlin. Its title was taken from Milan Knížák, whose concept of the same name served as a leading motto for Block. The accompanying Broken Music catalogue is still considered to be one of the most extensive of its kind. About two-thirds of the records listed there are in Block’s collection.

The event series Ursula Block’s gelbe MUSIK – 33 Years in Review is curated by Fiona McGovern and Justin Luke, and is presented in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut and OSMOS.