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Longlist nomination MK Award 2015


‘Roma Publications 1998 - 2014’ group exhibition at Fondazione Giuliani, Rome (IT); 10 Oct. - 13 Dec. 2014


‘Framed Movements’ group exhibition together with Helen Grogan at ACCA, Melbourne (AU); 10 Oct. - 23 Nov. 2014

‘Wenn wir dich nicht sehen...’, at Huize Frankendael, Amsterdam (NL); till 30 Nov. 2014

In Two Minds’ artist book published by Roma Publications; March 2014

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Riveted

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To point (or cover)

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Tablet (a)

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Tablet (b, c, d)

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Events Unwitnessed

It was first said that pioneers in 1851 witnessed the outburst of the volcano. This is exactly the year the photographic collodion process was discovered. Later, geologists found out the outburst must have taken place two centuries earlier in 1666. No one was there to witness it.


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Peering Grasping Longing \
Descent \ Not Known


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It Has Been Here

 

The motif bears the outline of a female, bent over a table during an earlier performance. She emerges as a shadow on the glass plane and, spatially shifted, as a clear image on the aluminium plate behind it.

 

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Exposure Piece (Sensitizing)

 

In Exposure Piece (Sensitizing) a man-size glass negative was created using the 19th century wet plate collodion process. Referring to the advent of photography in the simplest way possible, namely by exposing sensitized chemicals to a beam of light. The vinyl on the floor bears traces of the developing process in a way reminiscent of a dance score. The spatial arrangement reconstructs the original darkroom setting.

 

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Not often the walls of the mind become transparent

Not often the walls of the mind become transparent focuses on a forehead, the physical boundary between the outside and the mind. The second part of this diptych is a negative in which rocks lie arbitrarily in a pit, indivisible, indefinable, but at the same time tangible and charged with the history of which they form the incoherent fragments.

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Negative. Rather than Truth

Negative. Rather than Truth alludes to the idea of a source image through a handmade negative. The title refers to its status; it is an attempt to get to a distillment of reality. It did not yet materialize as an image; it rather precedes the image.

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Remnant

A form of emotional realization and simultaneous over-writing is taking place in Remnant, a life-size analogue print drawn from an old negative. During the exposure of the paper someone stood in the beam of light. Her posture kept part of the image from being obscured, namely that of the depicted person with whom she partially coincides. The inverted shadow hence indicates different layers of time and place.

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There Were Moments

In the installation There Were Moments two 16-mm films are projected onto both sides of a centrally placed plane. On one side a visual journey can be followed, while subtitles give access to direct thoughts on encountering the world. On the other, functioning as a comment or footnote, a short black-and-white sequence of an approaching movement is endlessly repeated.

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Housing

Housing refers to the origin of photography. The cassette is an enlargement of the housing commonly used to retain daguerreotypes: one of the earliest photographic processes, invented by Daguerre in the 1830s. The copper plate, which would normally bear the image, is lifted from the frame and placed aside. The housing becomes a container of ideas in which these could be permanently sealed.

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Occurrence Project


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Indirect Speech

The performance Indirect Speech, brings together two especially adapted works: the installation A Whole Fragment and the novella Plateau by Nickel van Duijvenboden. Both works deal with the relation between logic and subjectivity, observation and the inner world of thought.

 

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Occurrence (Rehearsal Space)

Occurrence (Rehearsal Space) is part of a collaborative research into the presence of the body in processes of documenting and viewing.

 

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Hand-Wall

As if to ascertain over and over again the limitations and restrictions, a person’s hand wanders along the walls and the windows of an undefined room. As the eye follows this movement a loose impression emerges – a feeling of the space that nevertheless remains insecure and is additionally interrupted by the look outside.

 

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A Whole Fragment

At first glance A Whole Fragment is reminiscent of a jigsaw puzzle on the floor and seems to be a random accumulation of geometric forms that need to be sorted. The related wall piece reveals that it is a scaled-up derivation of a paper original.

 

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Coordination

Coordination deals with the relationship or struggle between two seemingly opposing poles, rationality/logic on the one hand and on the other intuition/improvisation. In the work physical coordination is linked to thought.

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Ramble

The spacious installation Ramble refers to a constructed wild garden in New York’s Central Park, while the English verb ‘to ramble’ means erratic roaming. This situation is transferred to the exhibition space: the ostensible wilderness is re-constructed by a collage-like panorama, while a soliloquy in the background reflects on the ambiguity of its artificial lusciousness.

 

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The Entire Business of Coming Closer

The Entire Business of Coming Closer is an attempt to encapsulate a personal recollection of a specific place in images. The work focuses on a house in Apollo Bay, a small village on the south coast of Australia. The house is taken as a starting point for the exploration of the construction and fragmentation of both architecture and memory.

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Choreography

In this work the choreography becomes a spatial configuration in which viewing itself manifests.

 

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Potential

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Collage Machine

In Collage Machine a studio is documented over a period of time. Parts of the photographs are combined to form one single image capturing time and space.

 

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Existenzminimum

In a vast empty space a domestic interior was set up. Standing alongside a red brick wall, it contained an
armchair in front of a cupboard with a television, a dining table with chairs standing on a carpet, a cage for a pet and two closets. First, this phase was documented. Next, a reduction was imposed on the arrangement.

 

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Melody Line / Wires

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Posters

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Spectacle (Collision Course)

 

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