photo by Gunnar Geller

Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller

Cover to Cover Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller Video

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller are internationally renowned artists who live and work in Berlin and Grindrod, British Columbia, Canada. They are known for their multimedia installations and their innovative use of sound and have recently exhibited at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, and the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, among others.

Cover to Cover

For many people, record sleeves have the capacity to trigger memories and convey emotion in the most personal way, making them significant not only as tangible objects, but for some, as a first site of direct engagement with visual art. With this in mind, 10 artists - six individuals and two duos - were asked to create a conceptual artwork by selecting twenty LP records based on the album-cover visuals. In the "Cover to Cover" installation, eight crates containing the eight groups of albums create an interactive work of art that visitors can thumb through and play on nearby turntables. The artists were asked to deliver the records to the museum, making these not rare-album wish lists but works created by making selections from what was readily available. Thus, through their choices, each artist communicates a message or tells a visual story that speaks to the unique expressive impact of the 12-inch album cover.

Photo of Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller by Gunnar Geller