It’s Always Darkest Before It Becomes Totally Black
With a quote from Chairman Mao as the title for this installation, viewers see a rectangular, paper puppet theatre inhabited by a number of clearly visible shadow puppets in the foreground, whilst the background is subtly coloured, changing infinitesimally slowly in a manner invisible to the naked eye.
In 2012, Serge Onnen started a new chapter in his oeuvre whilst returning from a trip to China. He had incorporated optical toys before – kaleidoscopes and phenakistoscopes in particular – but this time around, shadow play became the focus of a whole series. This has now culminated in Onnen’s first film, Cloacinae, which will have its world premiere at IFFR. Silhouettes that he designed and had manufactured in China also reoccur in various installations.
Part of the exposition Nuts & Bolts, Thu 26 Jan to Sat 4 Feb, 11:00-20:30, Het Atelier, free admission. Serge Onnen performs a live version of the installation on Thu 2 Feb, 17:00.
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