Werner Herzog | Whitney Museum

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Jon Santos, Direction, Exhibition Design & Motion Graphics
Matthew Patterson Curry, Sound Design
Abigail Ecchiveri, Sound Design
Ernst Reijseger, Music

The Whitney Museum commissioned Common Space to create an artwork for Werner Herzog’s 2012 Biennial titled Hearsay of the Soul.

We designed an installation-based presentation for a set of music and video compositions and scored a 12-minute video to accompany the work of Ernst Reijseger. We worked as a co-author for this work and handled all ends of production and installation from motion graphics to sound design and a package design for several editions which have since been acquired by museums and institutions around the world.

The visual project combines magnified close-ups of landscape etchings by Hercules Segers, whom Herzog considers to be a “father of modernity.” We created a shifting, scroll-like play of images, accompanied by the music of Reijseger, a frequent collaborator of Herzog’s. We also created the packaging system for the retail version of the work consisting of 5 VHS tapes and 2 DVDs.

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