Audio/Visual: when music and art collide

Cosmo Godfree 24 November 2013

From Lady Gaga and Jeff Koons’ ArtRave, to Jay-Z and Marina Abramović’s ‘Picasso Baby’ stunt, the worlds of art and music have been colliding this year more than ever. Kanye even cited a Le Corbusier lamp as the main inspiration behind his new album, and his current live show features bold costume and stage design.

The National/Ragnar Kjartansson

Galleries are increasingly becoming new venues for musical performance – back in May, The National played their song ‘Sorrow’ over and over for six whole hours at MoMA. The unusual gig was the idea of artist Ragnar Kjartansson, who explores themes of endurance and repetition in his performance-based work.

John Cage/Robert Rauschenberg

What of older collaborations? Well, the 1950s saw composer John Cage and artist Robert Rauschenberg collaborating on a number of artworks involving chance. One had Cage driving his classic Ford Model A over drawing sheets while Rauschenberg applied black paint to the rear tyres!

Jean-Michel Basquiat/Rammellzee & K-Rob

Finally, back in the early days of hip-hop, Jean-Michel Basquiat produced ‘Beat Bop’ for Rammellzee and K-Rob, and designed the highly sought after test-pressing sleeve. All this after the two rappers banned him from rhyming on the track himself…