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Dennis Tyfus

Avaricious Records

 

FRIDAY 06.05.16 at 20,00h ­

NICC vitrine + performance/lecture!

 

NICC is proud to present a new vitrine presentation by Belgian artist Dennis Tyfus.

A visual artist best known for his drawings, a performer, a music label owner, an organizer of concerts, a designer of posters and album covers, a musician, a radio host, a tattooist et cetera: it would be hard to describe what Tyfus’ work comes down to exactly. Or, perhaps, this is exactly what it comes down to: one relentlessly energetic act of transgression in which random boundaries between art and not-art – or sound and vision, for that matter – are disregarded. Not (just) to giggle highly at the low, or vice versa, but to be liberated from certain ideas about what art can and cannot be or do.      

For his project at NICC, Tyfus uses the vitrine as a medium in its own right. Partly for pragmatic reasons, he chose to spend his entire budget on LP’s, some of which he asked NICC to order on the online music platform Discogs. These are hung up as they would be in a record store window: an installation that might confuse passers-by, but at least retains its function of displaying music we should get to know.

On the opening evening, Tyfus will play records and talk about them. The act of taking albums out of their sleeves and putting them on will be filmed from above and projected. Both the installation and the performance/lecture turn the artist into a middleman, a mouthpiece for other people’s work. More interesting however than the question of who the author is, is the fact that the audience gets to see and hear good things.