SAM KIDEL + GABRIEL COHEN
'THE INVISIBLE WOULD CONTINUE TO TURN A DEAF EAR'
September 15, 2017 - October 15, 2017
King’s Leap is pleased to announce The Invisible Would Continue to Turn a Deaf Ear, a two person show featuring
works by Sam Kidel and Gabriel Cohen. The show, titled after a passage from Marcel Proust, confronts ways in
which we address forms of intimacy in relation to network technologies. In volume III of Proust’s In Search of Lost
Time, The Guermantes Way, the narrator telephones his grandmother after some time apart. This moment
materializes and brings forth a voice, but a voice unfamiliar to the one the narrator associates with his grandmother.
Much like our own relationship with communications technology, the void between the shocking authenticity of the
artificial voice and alienating anonymity of the receiving end of the phone line is laid bare. The works on display
propose ways to expose this ongoing concern of contemporary life through a form of empathetic interference.
Sam Kidel’s Disruptive Muzak is a sound and video installation shown in two office cubicles. Kidel’s original
composition is punctuated with recordings of British government call center operators responding to the ‘muzak’ he
has created. The accompanying video offers a visual counterpart to the audio that takes its cues from screensaver
Gabriel Cohen's work spans drawings, sculptures, and a self-made Pirate radio system broadcasting reflections on
such diverse topics as Metallica, Carl Jung, and the history of American roads and highways. This fragmented,
road-trip style of prose articulates the futility and drive that it takes to connect with an audience across vast
distances. Cohen’s work offers a possible way to create sincere relationships through art within a technologically
King’s Leap will also be producing its first two publications for this exhibition. Both books are the respective
transcripts from the audio portions of the exhibition. The paperback editions of Sam Kidel’s Disruptive Muzak and
Gabriel Cohen’s even the gorgeous royal chariots wear out are available in an edition of 25 and can be purchased at
the gallery through the run of the show.
Sam Kidel is an English ambient musician and sound artist who has released music on Young Echo
Records, Ramp Recordings, Blackest Ever Black, and Death of Rave. He is a former member of both Killing
Sound and Young Echo, for which he cofounded. Kidel has performed and exhibited in Glasgow, Geneva,
Basel, and Berlin, and in 2016 programmed the ‘The Politics of Ambience’ conference at Oxford Brookes
University featuring contributors Terre Thaemlitz, David Troop, Nina Power, and Chino Amobi. His 2016 LP
Disruptive Muzak released by Death of Rave has received many favorable reviews from Fact, The Quietus,
Tiny Mix Tapes, and was named album of the year 2016 by Boomkat.
Gabriel Cohen is an artist, writer, and curator, living in Chicago, IL. Cohen recieved his B.F.A. from Rhode Island
School of Design in 2017. He has participated in group shows at 24 Hour Charlies, Los Angeles, and The Hammer
Museum, Los Angeles. He is currently featured in New Contemporaries at the RISD Museum. In early 2018 he will
have his first solo presentation at In Lieu, Los Angeles.
BOOKS AVAILABLE BELOW