Ari Benjamin Meyers

(b. 1972, USA) lives and works in Berlin. In his work, Meyers, who trained as a composer and conductor at The Juilliard School, Yale University, and Peabody Institute, explores structures and processes that redefine the performative, social, and ephemeral nature of music. He has composed numerous works for the stage among them three operas; his chamber opera Nico. Sphinx aus Eis was commissioned by the Semperoper Dresden. Past solo exhibitions and projects include Black Thoughts, Esther Schipper, Berlin (2013); Chamber Music (Vestibule), Berlinische Galerie (2013-2014); Just in Time, Just in Sequence, This is Not Detroit Festival, Schauspielhaus Bochum (2014); Beating Time, Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin (2015); Memories of the Future, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw (2016); The Name of This Band is The Art, RaebervonStenglin, Zurich (2016); Who’s Afraid of Sol La Ti?, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2016); Elevator Music, Trafo Center for Contemporary Art, Stettin (2016). He is the founder of the Kunsthalle for Music, an undertaking realized in cooperation with Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam) and Spring Workshop (Hong Kong) as well as numerous artists. Besides this long-term project upcoming exhibitions in 2017 include An exposition, not an exhibition, Spring Workshop, Hong Kong; Solo for Ayumi, Esther Schipper, Berlin; Symphony 80 (with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra), Lenbachhaus, Munich; and participation in the group show A Crack in Everything, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal.
Meyers has worked and performed with various bands including The Residents, Einstürzende Neubauten, and Chicks on Speed.
Selected collaborations include Ravel, Ravel, French Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale (2013) with Anri Sala; Morphy, Fondation Louis Vuitton (2014); T.451, Tensta Konsthall (2012); K.62/K.85, Performa '09, New York (2009) all with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. Collaborations with Tino Sehgal include Symphony X (installation version), KW Berlin and K21 Dusseldorf (2014) This Variation, Documenta 13 Kassel (2012) and Untitled, a new ballet that premiered at the Paris Opera in September 2016.
The book “Music on Display” chronicling his work and practice has been recently released by the publisher Walther König.