Oliver Beer: Composition for London

Oliver Beer: Composition for London


Oliver Beer trained in musical composition before attending the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, and studying cinematic theory at the Sorbonne, Paris. This musical background is reflected in his live performances, films, installations and sculptures, which reveal the hidden acoustic properties of vessels, bodies, and architectural environments.

The materiality and design of the book reflect the serenity of Ely House, an 18th-century townhouse that has been revived as Mayfair’s grandest gallery, Thaddaeus Ropac. The smooth paper of the interiors echoes the gallery’s marble floor. The richly textured exterior of the cover connects not only with the exterior stone facade but also with something alive — namely, the live sound performed in the exhibition by singers. Typography is classical to fit with the space.

Publisher: Thaddaeus Ropac
Essays by Ben Eastham and Robert Wilson, conversation with Martin Germann