Static Installaties

Programme 2003

In 'Static Installaties'

All the Sounds in the Universe

All the Sounds in the Universe

The French sound artist and investigator Brodier, who makes his own theramin esque instruments as a real craftsman and then plays them himself, gives a concert for which he manipulates all kinds of short wave signals using an impressive home made radio receiver. Jacques Brodier: 'According to the theory of the Big Bang, the original explosion at the start of the universe is an unlimited spectral chaos, an infinite potential of opportunities. Human reality could then be described as a "mental tunnel", dug up by countless generations in the geology of this chaos. Our ideas make the threshold of this tunnel visible, through a carpet of images and signs.'

Jacques Brodier
  • France

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Automata Inak_vr

Automata Inak_vr

The constant surrender to interrupted patterns of lines (caused by failed calculations) and the remaining reality codes comprising columns of figures or words apparently found coincidentally give this symbiosis a symbolic character. The raging rhythm of the geometry of Renate Oblak's video images and the furious fragments of sound in Michael Pinter's music refuse to reproduce (or distort) the visible world; confronting us instead with their own intense, artificial and seemingly technoid realm. (Ch. Scheib)

reMI
  • Germany

IFFR 2003

World premiere

Denislavant - Song and Dance (and a Good Movie)

Denislavant - Song and Dance (and a Good Movie)

Visibility is overrated, like fame. Song and Dance (and a good movie) is an installation in four parts. First of all, a screening of Andy Warhol's film Paul Swan, followed by three portraits using black light paint so they are only visible when the normal exhibition lights fade and black light illuminates the room. The third part is the performance of David Bowie's Hunky Dory in its entirety. The final section is the live re creation of the last scene from Claire Denis' Beau travail in which Denis Lavant dances in a disco. For this part Wampler made a replica of the set, learned the choreography and, costumed as Denis Lavant, executes the dance.

Claude Wampler
  • USA

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Enlighten (installation)

Enlighten (installation)

Installation based on Girardet's short film Enlighten, in which found images of scenes of lightning taken from a variety of existing films are brought together. Due to the alternating light/darkness, associated with 'electricity', the monitor recalls a machine that permanently seems to be switching On and Off. Rhythmic montage, the increasing speed between constantly shorter sequences and breaks, as well as the synchronically cut sound montage heightens the original intensity of the images, which is transformed into a suggestive interplay between light and darkness, presence and illusion.

Christoph Girardet
  • Germany

IFFR 2003

Interlude

Interlude

Three works by Joëlle Tuerlinckx can be seen in TENT. Interlude Film is a largely white film. A small series of calling cards without any visible printing are piled one on top of another. The film is screened at normal speed, speeded up and slowed down. In OBJETs PERMANENTs, objects marked by time are subjected to an accelerated ageing process. In Solar Room, finally, the usual lighting of an exhibition space is replaced by ultraviolet lighting. While the phenomenon cannot be seen with the naked eye, these rays do have an effect on the colour tints in the works, the colours of the walls and the furniture and they change the skin tints of the visitors. Entering such a space means changing your appearance, your tint. A sign warns visitors not to stay too long ('on medical advice'). To look at in groups or alone, with or without protective glasses.

Joëlle Tuerlinckx
  • Belgium

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Machines à Lumières

Machines à Lumières

Since 1984, Frédéric le Junter has built sound machines and instruments with found 'materials' (string, wind, percussion). He has gradually constructed a vocabulary of sounds which led to the creation of acoustic landscapes. Concerts gradually made way for visual art. In the exhibition, he presents mechanical installations in the style of outsider art. His 'Light Machines' are made up of converted overhead projectors that project images of automatic arms writing in the sand on huge piles of polystyrene foam.

Frederic le Junter
  • France

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Magic Forest

Magic Forest

Andrew Carnie: 'This work tracks the development, proliferation and organisation of neurones in the growing brain. The colours in the work reflect the fluorescence used and seen in the staining of individual neurones, as seen under the microscope. The brain consists of millions of neurons, each a finely branching microscopic structure that reaches out for near and distant neighbours; they contribute to a distributed circuitry whose logic remains one of the greatest mysteries of biology. Structure and function are synonymous. Just as our concepts of neuro anatomy rely on sections of space, our ideas of how neurons grow come from snapshots in time.'

Andrew Carnie
  • United Kingdom

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Monospace

Monospace

The images, a series of intermittent ragged dark lines, receding in dead on perspective, suggest high speeds and, beyond the picture's vanishing point, the kind of movement we are familiar with from aircraft take offs. But the lines are in fact the result of landings, the trails left by aeroplane wheels on the concrete of the runway. The predominant feature of Monospace is that of space taken to its logical extreme, namely emptiness. The mental search of the artist led to a place where the general public has never stood, if you discount airport staff.

Maximilian Erbacher
  • Germany

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More Likely the Machine

More Likely the Machine

Heather Wagner has created sound installations and Internet performances that explore ethernity, the imaginary connection between cyberspace and dreams. Her piece acts like a transducer, that is, a device that converts input energy of one form into output energy of another. An onomatograph is a black & white television 'upgraded' to take sound input and convert it to light signals. Here the sound source is a reading of Samuel Beckett's Not I by Victoria Highquality and Jocelyn Ruggiero, among other synthesised and collected sounds.

Heather Wagner
  • USA

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Robert Devriendt

Robert Devriendt

Robert Devriendt: 'Art cultivates and exploits the differences between the human on the one hand, and the natural and animal on the other, while simultaneously confirming these. Painting is "feeling" the surface of things. Various recollections and associations are stored in the layer of paint. Painting also involves a non depiction: it involves being aware of the fact that a complex subject matter cannot simply and plainly be recorded on the canvas, that one depends on the public, on the context, on the presupposed recognition of the subject matter, on shared memories and dreams.'

Robert Devriendt
  • Belgium

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Tea Cup

Tea Cup

Clive Walley has won numerous awards for both his independent and commercial animated films. He refers to his art as 'process animation' or 'moving paintings' deriving his original methods of production from his experience as a painter and as an engineer. With the elegant combination of a series of water colours and an animation on a computer monitor, Clive Walley explores the movement of particles with still matter, and merges into the field of gallery art. See also his film Adagio, elsewhere in the prgramme.

Clive Walley
  • United Kingdom

IFFR 2003

Untitled #91

Untitled #91

Over the last twenty years, Francisco López has developed an astonishing sonic universe, absolutely personal and iconoclastic, based on profoundly listening to the world. Lopez is destroying boundaries between industrial sounds and wilderness sound environments, shifting with passion from the limits of perception to the most dreadful abyss of sonic power, proposing a blind, profound and transcendental listening, freed from the imperatives of knowledge and open to sensory and spiritual expansion. In collaboration with Jorge Simonet, he now has created a nearsilent installation in the most subtle of whites.

Francisco López, Jorge Simonet
  • Spain

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Vouw_dubb_2 ; Gipsplaat_dubb

Vouw_dubb_2 ; Gipsplaat_dubb

Vouw_dubb_2 involves two photographs. A white sheet with a folded corner forms the basis of the work. Installed together against a wall, the suggestion of a triangular spatial form is evoked from the junction of both surfaces. Gipsplaat_dubb is an investigation into motion in minimal sculpture. As one sheet is a mirror image of the other, a contrast is created. The spatial nature of the work comes about through curving and torsion. Movement along both forms evokes movement in the forms from convex to concave and could be described as 'filmic'.

Walter van Boven
  • Netherlands

IFFR 2003