Stoppage is an endless soundtrack created by a group of invited artists that originally was shown at the Centre de Création Contemporaine in Tours, France in 1995. The original group of contributing artists included Pierre Huyghe, Philippe Parreno, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Laura Stein, Georgina Starr, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Lothar Hempel, Angela Bulloch, Jorge Pardo and Pierre Bismuth. The project is a response to the notion that fractured time and an inability to concentrate are inherent to a contemporary cultural malaise, and rather proposes something like a sustained soundtrack for living. The tracks are played continuously in several locations throughout the institution, proposing an alternative approach to duration within the exhibition.
The new iteration of the project draws more poignantly from Duchamp’s 3 Standard Stoppages, after which Gillick’s work is titled. It makes reference to the act of measuring and the legacy of Duchamp as a manipulator of dimensions – both temporal and material. As Duchamp described the feeling of liberation that accompanied the gesture of this seminal work he claimed: “When you tap something, you don’t always recognize the sound.” This quote served as a prompt for the collection of works that make up Stoppage.
As an extension of the project, several of the contributing artists have offered their work for listening here. Available files are linked above, or you can email CCS Bard to request a link to download the files.
Stoppage is included in the exhibition From 199A to 199B: Liam Gillick at the Hessel Museum of Art. The project was organized by CCS graduate student Annie Larmon.