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After the performances, the German happening belonging to the 'Ambit' initiative has been renamed 'Seven sounds, one score'
The beautiful wetland of Wesenberg, a small town located northeast of Berlin, has hosted this afternoon a new chapter of the global artistic initiative of painter and sculptor Cristobal Gabarron (Mula, Murcia, 1945) called 'Ambit', in which the renowned artist paints live a large format work while various local artists deploy improvised interventions that feed back to each other. On this occasion, the proposal came with the title of 'Knocking at the gates of heaven', a starting point that has evolved thanks to these artistic interventions, whose joint performance is in the essence of 'Ambit', finally adopting the name 'Seven sounds, one score'.
The chosen scenario is the Bei Wu Sculpture Park Wesenberg, a sculpture park that combines an outdoor space with indoor rooms, with which Gabarron has a close relationship. Located in the natural setting of Weissen See, it has a lake surrounded by fields and forest. This museum belongs to the Peter Wilmot Thompson Foundation, which thus becomes the third partner of the Gabarron Foundation to commemorate through 'Ambit' the 30th anniversary of its creation.
There, Gabarron has let his imagination fly to develop his action painting: the creation of a large painting on a canvas of 3 x 9 meters, the trademark of 'Ambit', worked in acrylic. Their participation has been nourished by the different improvised performances, several of them of oriental origin, such as the Chinese poetry show by Yang Lian, or the interpretations with two Chinese instruments by Lin He with the guqin, which has seven strings and belongs to the zither family, and Franziska Weiss with the erhu, known as 'Chinese two-stringed violin'. The event also featured poetry in German with the voice of Cornelie von Bismarck and the classical flute of Martina Dallmann. The Deutsche Dance Company was responsible for the choreography and dance, with Axel Rothe, Philipp and Mai Föster. In addition, the artistic photographer Wolf von Lindenfels captured the details of the event with his camera, and as a finale and for the archive, the entire process was filmed by the team of Michael Th. Omilian.
With these performances, Gabarron has completed his mural painting, in one hour and fifty minutes, in which a large blue circle dominates the center, flanked by two incarnated figures, and a thick black line crosses the scene at the top, inspired mainly by the performance of dance, music and sounds of nature. Finally, the name chosen for this work that emerged from the Germanic happening is 'Seven sounds, one score'.
This new collaborative encounter was curated by Berlin-based artist and critic Fré Ilgen and was attended by over fifty people, including representatives of local society such as Christian-Friedrich Dallmann, director of the 'Concerto Brandenburg'.
Art, nature and rural areas
With the choice of this sculpture park located on the lake plain, the polyfacet artist wishes to acknowledge the great effort made by the international foundation that runs these museum facilities to link art and nature, as well as to highlight the universality of music in the heart of Europe.
One of the roots of 'Ambit' is precisely to value the integral heritage, the one that unites culture and nature. To this is added its desire to set its sights on small towns, reinforcing the local and rural in the face of urban globalism, but without neglecting both. For this reason, the initiative mainly focuses on small communities with a special interest.
These cosmopolitan micro-events of 'Ambit' incorporate a very specific cultural philosophy of Cristobal Gabarron that addresses several levels. First, they give value to each place and each date of the surrounding artists, visitors and the society in which it takes place, creating on each occasion a local cultural photograph of that moment. Likewise, the action tries to have a national scope, as the development of each happening is collected in a documentary that will later be exhibited in different locations, as well as in an explanatory catalog. And, finally, since these artistic encounters will travel around the world, Gabarron will share with societies the aspects he has embedded in the artistic cultures of the world, thus linking with the Sustainable Development Goals that relate to education, the reduction of inequalities, culture and care of the planet.
'Ambit' is an initiative led by the Gabarron Foundation that promotes a series of artistic encounters around the world on the occasion of the celebration of its thirtieth anniversary. The proposal, which began last February in Mula, the artist's hometown, and has made a second intervention in India, will run for two years in geographical enclaves of the five continents, of special interest to Gabarron. Thus, in a first round, he will visit New York's Harlem, and small towns in Malta, Egypt and Nepal; then he will visit Australia, Canada, Chile/Costa Rica/Mexico, China, Ghana/South Africa, Qatar and finish in Spain.
AMBIT is the main program of the commemorative events of the 30th anniversary of the Gabarron Foundation. After passing through India, the next edition will be held in Germany on June 18 at the Bei Wu Sculpture Park in Wesenberg (Germany), in September in New York (USA), in October on the island of Gozo (Malta), in November in El-Bahnasa (Egypt), in December in Kathmandu (Nepal). For 2023 editions are being prepared in Australia, Canada, Chile / Costa Rica / Mexico, China, Ghana / South Africa, Qatar and Spain.