Futurum is a track from Hanne Lippard’s debut LP Work that was just released by the Parisian record label Collapsing Market. This retrospective looks at the Norwegian artist’s singular practice exploring language as a raw material compiles twelve pieces written and recorded between 2009 and 2019. Work embraces the physical specificities of different recording environments and showcases the evolution of Hanne Lippard’s voice over the last decade. Formally, Work deconstructs language through sound, identifying barely perceptible details of everyday speech. Each syllable is enunciated, every beat between words reveals its own significance.
As Balthazar Lovay points out1, Hanne Lippard may be vocally re-enacting the relationship to mass-media content developed by the Pictures Generation Artists in the late seventies, but in the age of digital communication. As Lippard re-appropriates corporate speech from financial and tech company slogans to contemporary art museums’ abandoned sound signatures, a subtle criticism of her source material emerges. The more inward-looking pieces that describe a day in her studio, unanswered text messages or future lost earnings underline how such speech infiltrates individual daily life, our identities as well as our tendency to relate to time through consumption.
Hanne Lippard’s acclaimed solo exhibition Flesh was shown at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin in 2017. She has given performative readings at Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2005), Somerset House, London (2017), Les Rendez-Vous Contemporains de Saint Merri, Paris (2019) and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2020), among others. Hanne Lippard is currently part of the 2. Riga Biennal curated by Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel.
Work is mastered by Rashad Becker. The album artwork and the limited edition poster were designed by Ethan Assouline. The portraits were taken by Felix Brüggermann.
Collapsing Market is a music label founded in 2014 by Cyrus Goberville and Louis Vial (Eszaid).
They first established their names by releasing mixtapes dedicated to electronic music and coming with a graphic identity inspired by different crisis and monetary symbols. In 2016, their first vinyl came out with « €€€ _» by Eszaid. In 2017, they released Morteza Hannaneh’s Tchashm-e-Del LP, 1960’s previously unheard compositions of the Iranian composer, who was also Cyrus grandfather. After this noticed and acclaimed step aside, Collapsing Market came back to electronic music with a few releases by Ssaliva, Eszaid, Metta World Peace, Ron Morelli and Nkisi.
1 Balthazar Lovay, Is Wow the Same as Great?: Hanne Lippard, Essays Mousse 69, Mousse Magazine, 2019