Sitting for Decades




Sound artist Patrick Muller is devoting his exhibition Sitting for decades to Alvin Lucier on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the latter’s composition I am sitting in a room. Muller views the show as a way of approaching the poetry of Lucier’s work experimentally: as if in a search for clues, he quotes principles, plays variations on ideas, and uses what exists to create something new. Muller thus conjoins here his own working methods, which often build on interactivity and feedback systems, with the goal of emulating Lucier’s consistent focus on natural phenomena.

This focus, along with the recursive process that plays such a prominent part in I am sitting in a room, guide visitors through the exhibition as connecting threads, turning up in the themes of sound installations, soundwalks, lectures, workshops and performances. In addition to showing three new sound installations, Patrick Muller invited other artists to provide insights into their working worlds, to perform Lucier’s compositions, and to join visitors in opening up the city of Luxembourg as a sounding board and the Casino Luxembourg as an acoustic Black Box.


Visual artist Olivier Pestiaux and percussionist Victor Kraus will inaugurate the audiovisual installation Progression during the opening night. The installation will be maintained for the duration of the exhibition, with the presence of Guy Frisch (United Instruments of Lucilin).


Alvin Lucier
Alvin Lucier, a pioneer and one of the most influential composers in the field of sound art and experimental music, developed the piece I am sitting in a room some fifty years ago. In the work, an audio recording spoken by Lucier is played back in a room and re-recorded, and then this new recording is played back in turn and recorded again. This process is repeated until, instead of the voice on the original recording, only the acoustics of the room, multiplied several times over, can be heard. Composed in 1969, the piece was accompanied in 1970 at the Guggenheim Museum for the first time by a series of Polaroids by Mary Lucier – the visual counterpart to the sound.




Interview with Alvin Lucier by Patrick Muller, Middletown, Connecticut, USA, on December 14, 2019. Photo by Max Kullmann



On the occasion of the exhibition Sitting for Decades (25.1 - 9.2.20), Casino Luxembourg invites to a symposium that revolves around the practice of the legendary American composer Alvin Lucier, and also more generally around sound practices in the arts. For three days, a panel of international guests will lead through conferences, concerts, performances and workshops.


Friday 31.01

18:30 – 19:30 Progression: 
performance by plastic artist Olivier Pestiaux (BE) and musician Guy Frisch (United Instruments of Lucilin, LU)
19:30 – 21:00 Re-re-re-recording: The Lucier method in contemporary art 
conference with Linnea Semmerling (DE)
21:30 – 22:30 Ever Present Orchestra (CH)
22:30 – 23:30 The archive of loops: Open recording session 
performance by Teresa Cos (IT, UK)

Saturday 01.02

15:00 – 17:00 Schallfuerschung 
children's workshop with Patrick Muller
16:30 – 17:30 Progression: performance by plastic artist Olivier Pestiaux (BE) and musician Guy Frisch (United Instruments of Lucilin, LU)
17:00 – 18:30 Path of awareness_CasinoLuxembourg – 
soundwalk by katrinem (DE)
18:30 – 20:00 Teresa Cos
: talk
20:30 – 22:00 Ever Present Orchestra 

Sunday 02.02

11:30 – 12:30 Progression: performance by plastic artist Olivier Pestiaux (BE) and musician Guy Frisch (United Instruments of Lucilin, LU)

12:00 – 13:30 Path of awareness_CasinoLuxembourg – soundwalk by katrinem
14:00 – 18:00 Haptic sound 
workshop with Patrick Muller (LU) and Robert Heel (DE)
19:00 – 20:00 Patrick Muller & Robert Heel