The Singing Project

Ayumi Paul

The Singing Project is an ever-changing singing sculpture unfolding at the Gropius Bau since August 2021. Violinist and artist Ayumi Paul invites everybody to open workshops at the Gropius Bau on full moon.

The Singing Project is a fluid composition and collective practice that unfurls through time and space. The permeable structure of the project activates sound formations that emerge anew in every moment. To prepare for these workshops, the artist studied singing traditions ranging from opera, the Tao of voice and polyphonic overtones, to healing techniques and historical and mythological approaches to passing down ritual songs. By combining what she learns and weaving it together with her own intuitive practice, she generates a flexible singing method rooted in the female voice and in collective learning processes. During the project Ayumi Paul will invite other artists and researchers to share their knowledge with participants.

Ayumi Paul is an artist, violinist and composer who explores the interdependency of phenomena through listening and engaging with the nonlinearity of time.

Trained as a classical violinist since the age of five, Paul’s interdisciplinary approach to exploring how sound influences perception dismantles limitations of what we see and how we relate to one another. Her distinctive artistic language incorporates materials such as paper, thread and sound recordings, integrating invisible layers of reality like vibration and imagination as spaces for communal creation. Although she works closely with scientific technologies, she consistently returns to the body and its inherent ways of sensing beyond rational comprehension. Her projects often manifest as new languages, rituals and heightened sensitivities, which can be immediately applied to everyday life.

 Ayumi Paul’s work has recently been exhibited at the National Gallery Singapore (2018 and 2021), Kunsthalle Osnabrück (2020), SFMOMA (2021), Auditorium Parco della Musica (2022), haubrok foundation (2023), Gropius Bau (2023) and Georg Kolbe Museum (2024), among others. In 2021, she was awarded a fellowship stipend by the German Academy Villa Massimo in Rome. The Singing Project, a collective practice and singing sculpture, continues to be hosted by the Gropius Bau in Berlin, where she was the Artist in Residence throughout 2022.

Ayumi Paul composing simultaneity, 2021

Ayumi Paul composing simultaneity, 2021

© Ayumi Paul, photo: Debora Mittelstaedt