Worldrecords by Kai Schäfer at ideAle2050, Alessandria, Italy

OPUS IN ARTEM
in collaboration with Alezon + ideAle2050

is pleased to announce

KAI SCHÄFER: WORLDRECORDS

c/o ideAle2050
via Alessandro III 33 – Alessandria

Opening
18 June 2022, 4-10 p.m.

Exhibition period
19 June to 9 July 2022

WORLDRECORDS are the greatest albums in music history high­lighted: on record players that partly became legendary too.

It is meant to be a tribute to analogue acoustic art, a homage to the warmest, perhaps most sensitive type of sound carrier. In a way – and that makes the photo series so special – it is also a private time machi­ne to the spectator: music as an impulse to remember bits and pieces of one's personal history, a release of former thoughts and feelings. The soundtrack of your life.

From a formal point of view, the precise approach down to the last detail finds its ideal expression in large format. Each groove, each label notice, each tone arm component is oversized and thus nearly tangible. The special light Kai Schäfer has developed for WORLDRECORDS contributes a great deal to make these effects real.

The photo series the artist started with in 2010, today includes around 100 pictu­res. At the beginning of the series "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list selected by the "Rolling Stone Magazine" helped Schäfer choosing the most adequate titles. Later on, he went on by himself to add albums that in his opinion should take part of his Worldrecords.

The work on this series allowed him to meet and collaborate with various musicians such as Lou Reed, Neil Diamond, The B-52`s, Joy Division, Motörhead, Metallica and numerous German Top Acts as Kraftwerk, Die Fantastischen Vier, Herbert Grönemeyer, CRO, Die Fehlfarben, BAP, Extrabreit, Die Toten Hosen and many more. In this interview the artist talks about his work and some anecdotes of his career.