┐ Harmut Lerch & Claus Holtz – 36976 portraits└

“The theme of dehumanization was the subject matter of many works in a variety of media. None was clearer or more appropriate to the exhibition than Portrait, a video tape by Harmut Lerch and Claus Holtz which consists of 100,000 photographic portraits viewed consecutively at a gradually increasing rate, up to 20,000 faces per second. As the photographs (which share a common eye level) are shown more and more rapidly, they gradually blur together into one homogenized image, a sexless, expressionless face neither beautiful nor ugly. This is a straightforward work about conformity and lack of uniqueness, yet its simplicity … Continue reading ┐ Harmut Lerch & Claus Holtz – 36976 portraits└

┐ Kirsten Hoving └

© Kirsten Hoving, Birth of the star system, from the series Night Wanderers, 2010 © Kirsten Hoving, Music of the Spheres, from the series Night Wanderers, 2010 © Kirsten Hoving, Orion, the Hunter, from the series Night Wanderers, 2010 © Kirsten Hoving, Cassiopeia, from the series Night Wanderers, 2010 “Night Wanderers is a series of photographs envisioning the cosmos. I photograph objects and nineteenth-century photographs frozen in or placed under disks of ice to create the feeling of galactic swirls of stars, galaxies and spiral nebulae. For this series, I have been influenced not by the work of other photographers, … Continue reading ┐ Kirsten Hoving └

┐ AUTOMATISM as direct action └

© Bryan Lewis Saunders, under the influence of butane honey oil (left) and morphine IV (right) © Bryan Lewis Saunders, under the influence of 1/2g cocaine (left) and 1 “bump” of crystalmeth (right) “After experiencing drastic changes in my environment, I looked for other experiences that might profoundly affect my perception of the self. So I devised another experiment where everyday I took a different drug and drew myself under the influence. Within weeks I became lethargic and suffered mild brain damage. I am still conducting this experiment but over greater lapses of time. I only take drugs that are … Continue reading ┐ AUTOMATISM as direct action └

┐ Alexander Gehring └

@ Alexander Gehring, Untitled, from the series Messages from the Darkroom @ Alexander Gehring, Untitled, from the series Messages from the Darkroom The photographic series Messages from the Darkroom investigates the connection between photography and the occult. Based on historical photographs published by early twentieth century parapsychologist Dr. Albert von Schrenck-Notzing, Messages from the Darkroom enquires the ability of the photographic camera to capture magical or paranormal phenomena. Schrenck-Notzing, like many other scientists in this era of technical revolutions, when modern media began to make their first steps, was interested in occult phenomenona like mediumship and the physical exposures human … Continue reading ┐ Alexander Gehring └

┐ Andrea Palasti └

@ Andrea Palasti, camera obscura made of gourd @ Andrea Palasti, camera obscura made of watermelon @ Andrea Palasti, Mix media, installation: camera obscura made by gourd, melon, watermelon and Nescafe cans, photographs made by camera obscuras printed on cookies, artificial grass, blanket, pillows, basket and a cat. “Exploring the relationship between nature and culture in the context of photographic creativity, using ’culinary texts’ in art, transforms photographic laboratory into a kitchen, into a place of creative and social production. Begeč photo picnic is a culinary event/installation, which presents the idea of using edible and organic materials that can be … Continue reading ┐ Andrea Palasti └

┐ Michal Heiman └

CRITICAL IMAGE: MICHAL HEIMAN, By Dr. Ariella Azoulay Michal Heiman chose the position of the spectator looking at someone else’s photographs taken by someone else, in which someone else is photographed, which someone else collected. Heiman turns this quintessential position of spectator (in a museum, but not only) into her own, elaboration and giving it back to it to spectator, whom she transforms not only into the subject of the artistic image but also into the subject of the psychological image. This is the spectator who is asked, on several levels, to assume Heiman’s position and to reproduce it. When … Continue reading ┐ Michal Heiman └

┐ John Divola └

© John Divola, The Little Man, 1987-89 © John Divola, Rock Falling Through Water, View From The Bottom Of the Pond Looking Up, 1989 “This body of work is based on some personal observations about photographs. I am fascinated by the concept of the photograph as an impression from, or remnant of, that which it describes. To stretch a metaphor – the photograph as an object has an relationship to that which it represents something like the relationship the snake skin has to the snake that sheds it. The relationship of something dead to something living. I would like to … Continue reading ┐ John Divola └

┐ Birgit Jürgenssen └

© Birgit Jürgenssen, Hausfrauen – Küchenschürze, 1975 © Birgit Jürgenssen, Hhne Titel, 1979 © Birgit Jürgenssen, Gladiatorin, 1980 “Other artists of the feminist avant-garde, such as Hannah Wilke, Eleanor Antin and the abovementioned Martha Rosler went even further and were even more radical in their critique on the domestication of women within marriage. With the help of performance, video, installation or photography they protested against a housewife’s fate as a cleaning lady, cook and “prostitute” – as a cheap labour and at any times disposal for the husband. Taking into account that these gender conceptions were widespread cultural and normative … Continue reading ┐ Birgit Jürgenssen └