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The above video shows an interesting collaboration between Lisa Parra and Sophie Kahn which carries the title: Body/Traces.
Parra created the choreography on video and send this “plan” to artist Sophie Kahn who re-enacted the choreography and translated the movement into “stop motion” or “stills” created with a 3D scanner, After that she reconstructed these stills again into an animation. Body/Traces is a video installation that examines the body and representation through the interaction of three dimensional media, movement, sound and environment, constructing a dialogue between the language of movement and perception. The installation is an imperfect document of the traces left by the dancer’s body in space; an abstracted record of the motion of the body at a specific point in time.
Composer Sawako Kato created a sound score by recording field sounds of the EMPAC building and moving bodies within the space, focusing on the interaction between bodies in motion and the environment. The final audio is a collage that weaves industrial/spatial sounds together with sounds of the moving body.
We recently stumbled upon this fascinating conceptual art installation by Jesper Norda. At first glance it would be a perfect, silent and serene place to project random thoughts into. It could be related to minimal art pieces where the light plays an important role in transformation and meaning or it could be a totally boring and uninteresting place which perhaps is completely unnoticed by the audience. But the voice of a man starts describing the space and some of the things which go on in it at the very same moment the viewer looks at it or stands in it. The man projects the scientific reality onto the space. He describes the rooms dimensions and moves on to the amount of air molecules, the weight of the air,how the air molecules behave differently when exposed to different kind of sound waves.The space is suddenly not so empty anymore. It fills with violent movement and vibration, the invisible reality reveals itself and influences the thoughts of the viewers/listeners. The voice of the man goes on about the intense air pressure in the room and the intense air pressure in the cranium of the listener and the balance between those two spaces: the state we call silence.
The centre of silence
Kalmar Konstmuseum,Sweden, 2009
Curated by Bengt Olof Johansson.
Voice (interleaved by silence, sinus-wave and white noise). White filter on window.
We have been following Norwegian artist Kjell Varvins “online” installations now for some years and the works keep fascinating us. He creates temporary minimalistic installations consisting of insignificant objects in a corner of his studio. He does this similar compared to writing in a daily dairy. After manipulating the objects in a certain composition he documents them and publishes them on the internet. He sees this work , which he titles Unstable Variables, as proposals in the context of art and not as final statements. The works contain mostly neutral elements to avoid symbolic associations. By doing this, a context is created where the spectator can wander with his eyes through the installation without hanging on to elements that can generate ideas about things they already experienced or fantasized. He has worked as an assistant to conceptual artist Sol Lewitt who had influence on his work however where Sol Lewitt used perfect strict written rules during the execution of for example a wall drawing, Varvin leaves room for imperfection and deviations. We for sure will keep following Varvins proposals and explorations of composition, objects, space and time.
Photos from top to bottom:
Unstable Variables 1.1.2013
Unstable Variables 4.12.2010
Detail: Unstable Variables 4.12.2010
Detail: Unstable Variables 13.2.2011
Unstable Variables 13.2.2011
Song Dong emerged from the Beijing-based avant-garde performance art community and is an important artist in the development of Chinese conceptual art since the early 1990s.His oevre contains performance, photography, projection, video and installation pieces. With his work Song Dong explores notions of perception and the ephemeral nature of existence.
Writing diary with water is an ongoing conceptual performance project by Song Dong. He uses a calligraphy brush to write daily diary entries in water on a selected block of stone.The writing in this invisible diary rapidly evaporates, though still represents an act of purification for the artist. This conceptual performance piece is documented by 4 photo’s. Song Dong about this piece: “although it is just a stone, it actually has become thicker day by day, with my own thoughts added on it”. The water diary has now become an important part of his life and art and from it other performance pieces evolved like for example Dong’s “Stamping the water” and “Writing time in water.
Photos by Song Dong | Photo 1 top: Haupt & Binder, Photo 2 to 8: Mark Hansen, Photo 9 bottom: Charlie Samuels |
German artist Alicja Kwade created an interesting installation at the Kunstsammlung NRW, K21 Künstlerräume. The art installation carries the title: Teleportation and is about transport of light and matter and questions reality and truth. The above short documentary video by Ralph Goertz from the Iks shows the installation process of this art piece accompanied by an explanation of the artist herself.
An interesting retrospective exhibition which shows works by the French-Israeli artist Absalon (1964 – 1993) is running at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. This exhibition transferred from the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin.
The works on display are a fascinating statement around key concepts like: re-defining spaces, systematic and successive cataloguing, human activities, the primitive shapes and the human body.
A fragment from the press release:
As in the KW in Berlin, the exhibition will display Absalon’s enigmatic works – living cells painted neutral white and made entirely of wood. These so called ‘Cellules’ are, as it were, living pods for just one person, in which everything can be found for day-to-day, ritual activities down to the smallest detail, including window slits to keep unwanted guests at a distance. Absalon created these units for six World cities: Tokyo, New York, Tel Aviv, Paris, Zurich and Frankfurt. The form of Absalon’s Cellules is reminiscent of the modernist architectural styles of Le Corbusier, Bauhaus, De Stijl and the Russian constructivism. They are, however, stripped of their Utopian ideals. The living cells are based on the dimensions of Absalon’s own body and are, as it were, air-raid shelters for just a single person. The spaces suggest a need for protection and shielding from the chaotic daily life. Absalon described his Cellules as “a bastion of resistance against a society that prevents me from becoming what I must become.”
The work of Tobias his recent exhibition at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Belgium has now moved on and is on show at the Pilar Corrias Gallery in London. The show carries the title: Sex and Friends
Tobias his conceptual art installation set up at Pilar Corrias Gallery explores again the conflict between functionalism and aesthetics and again questions and plays with the notion of art and its various strategies. The main key element of this specific installation is transformation. This key element is not only linked to the change of the space itself but also to the transformation during a specific time frame and especially the transformation of the viewer, his/her behaviour and thoughts.
The series of sculptures in this installation seem abstract and find their “ghost-image” counterpart in the amorphous shadows they project on the walls. The art works transmit words and patterns onto the surfaces around them. The sculptures and their shadows are dynamic in a reversed way. They encourage the viewer to move and look at them from various perspectives. By doing that they shift and transform themselves. During brief moments of the day the shadows come together and form a “hidden” message. The visual message itself becomes less important as the event is basically already known and announced to the viewer who visits the gallery space, however what is important in this conceptual installation is that the upfront announced “hidden” feature/message does right away influence and transform the viewers behaviour and thoughts.
Sex and Friends is running until February 17, 2012 at Pilar Corrias Gallery, London. You can read more about Tobias Rehberger and his work in this, this and this article on the Warmenhoven & Venderbos blog.
Tokujin Yoshioka is a Japanese designer and artist who has worked under Shiro Kuramata and Issey Miyake and established his ow studio, Tokujin Yoshioka Design in 2000. He created the installation called The Snow as part of the exhibition Sensing Nature at the Tokyo Mori Art museum last year. This spatial design made from artificial materials gives the viewer the sensation of experiencing light, snow, storms and other phenomena. Tokujin Yoshioka explores the potential future of design and how it will incorporate natural principles, effects and by integrating natural science technologies. His installation is similar to looking at or walking through a snowstorm. It is an expanded version of the original ‘snow’ which was exhibited in 1997.
The oeuvre of Scottish conceptual artist Douglas Gordon comprises of films, large video installations, photographs, texts, sculptures and sound installations. With his analyses of images drawn from the collective memory and everyday culture, Gordon exposes basic patterns of perception. Within this framework, his works often revolve around phenomena of duplication and reflection. Meanings of mirroring and fragmentation are also evoked on a formal level, for example in large scale film and video installations which are presented on two or more screens.
At this moment the Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main (MMK) is showing a major solo exhibition of the artist titled “Douglas Gordon”. The exhibition shows new pieces and prominent works of the past years and provides a concentrated and impressive overview of this multifaceted artist’s oeuvre. It will run untill the 25th March 2012.
In the below videos the artist and staff of the Museum explain more about the works.
Photos Douglas Gordon and MMK Frankfurt | Video top: Institut für Kunstdokumentation | Video bottom: MMK Frankfurt | MMK website
Skate 1.0 is a conceptual sound and light installation by Electroland. Space, movement, context and virtual locations are the key words for this interesting installation. Skate 1.0 puts the viewer into an abstract virtual skateboard park. Skater sounds travel above, below, around and through the viewers and serve as a kind of portal for them. The sounds are a recognisable and approachable door for the audience, a door through which they can travel into the abstract conceptual layers of this work. The light links to both sides. It registers the virtual movement of the skaters and at the same time pushes the viewer beyond.
“The Seven Seals” is a work by Chinese contemporary artist Tsang Kin-Wah. It is a fascinating ongoing series of seven conceptual digital video art installations using texts and computer technology to show Tsang’s thoughts on various issues of the day. “The Seven Seals” draws its reference from various sources such as: existentialism, metaphysics and politics. With this work Tsang Kin-wah attempts to articulate the complex situation of the world and the dilemmas that people are facing while approaching “the end of the world”.
Animated phrases and short sentences appear, move and float, sometimes, like a murmur and sometimes like an admonition that reveals the nature of human beings and the changes of our emotions. Without a clear beginning or end, each installation in the “The Seven Seals” creates different cycles of text on continuous loops that appear to repeat without end; echoing the concept of “eternal recurrence” whereby all the issues and dilemmas of daily existence are seen perpetually recurring for an infinite number of fleeting instances, even though we recognize and are aware of them for a longer time.
Photos and videos from the The Fifth Seal installation which is part of the Seven Seals project.
Esther Stocker’s work mainly consists of paintings, photo’s and installations in an abstract and geometrical perspective, the various genres being closely related to each other.She works with a visually complex repertory of geometric sign and grid systems which explore the general conditions of perception and, in a broader sense, the effects of digital image technologies. Esther Stocker’s reflexion is focused on the question: “How is a perfect system imperfect in reality?” Her geometric structures are based upon eternally self-repeating modules that create a seemingly ordered visual rhythm, to which the artist adds aberrations in order to generate an adjacent but new rhythm. This introduction of deviation in the optical balance, similar to 16th century’s mannerist architectural approach, creates surprise and emotion through the purposeful disruption of order and plane dimension.
Esther Stocker presents her work in her first solo show in France from the September 10 to October 15, 2011 at the Alberta Pane Gallery, Paris. This exhibition carries the title: Dirty Geometry.