take, for instance, an overhead projector. It is a point in a sequence of action (in a lecture, say), a silent and mute intermediary, taken for granted, completely determined by its function. Now, suppose the projector breaks down.
The crisis reminds us of the projector's existence. As the repairmen swarm
around it, adjusting this lens, tightening that bulb, we remember that
the projector is made of several parts, each with its role and function and
its relatively independent goals. Whereas a moment before, the projector
scarcely existed, now even its parts have individual existence, each its own
"black box." In an instant, our "projector" grew from being composed
o f z e r o p a r t s , t o o n e, t o m a n y.
"On Technical Mediation - Philosophy, Sociology, Genealogy" by Bruno Latour
In Latour's quote, the parts(, or actors, or layers) are revealed by a crisis, the moment where the projector breaks down and its function is taken away. For this exhibition, we tried to create what could be called a positive crisis. We did not take anything away from the projector(s), but we used them to add something, in hope of revealing other parts(, or actors, or layers).
We asked the exhibiting artists each for a single word and image, in any way related to their presented work. And, for one evening, we sequentially added this content to the experience of the exhibition. The overhead projector, moving through the exhibition space, projected each artists chosen image onto their work, while the digital projector in the center was going through an automated online research process for the corresponding words.
Curatorial Guest Appearance at FLATLANDS, an exhibition at GAK Bremen
30.04.2016 / 19:00
GAK - Gesellschaft fuer Aktuelle Kunst