22.10.2021 - 19.12.2021
Opening 22.10.2021 at 7 pm
Curator: Diana Baldon
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Skin Carpet is the first solo exhibition in France by Danish artist FOS (Thomas Poulsen; b. 1971, lives and works in Copenhagen and Venice). His artistic practice moves across genres, encompassing sculpture, installation, architectural, design and music. Since the beginning of the 2000s, his works have been exploring how the aesthetic language of objects and spaces can define us as social beings.
The exhibition title is an invented word that encodes a dual meaning referring to a double space. On the one hand, it references the haptic experience of human touch on dissonant but smooth surfaces, such as skins and carpets. On the other, it relates to materials whose predominant task is to wrap and frame something else.
The exhibition is staged as a large-scale environment shaped by 240-meter long hand-coloured canvas that sketches out an outsized pair of human lungs. By inhaling and exhaling, the biological process of this organ mechanically moves air through the body while metabolizing oxygen. In FOS ́ sculptural setting, this organic chamber is scaled up to become a soft architectural interior where penetrable barriers enclose our bodies as well as the volume of air that circulates in and out of them.
Few sculptural objects are sparsely arranged within the organ-shaped stage. Among these, a glass tube sculpture expels vapour like a connecting artery. The biomorphic shapes of the gentle fog manifest through the scrutinizing eye of a thermic camera, whose very image is projected on a large screen at the entrance.
Like a radar, the thermographic picture draws continually sinuous forms of glowing light that reveal the otherwise undetectable movements of hot air and substance. While in constant exhalation, the steam morphs into the surrounding environment to flow and transform into new life cycles. Heat is the artistic material, invisible matter dissolving into the viewer ́s body, pervading it front and back in a space fashioned as that body part upon which rests on the human breath.
Runo Lagomarsino AMERICAMNESIA (2017) is one of several works of his, which is a part of The 6th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art - THINKING HANDS, TOUCHING EACH OTHER, in Ekaterinburg, October 2nd - December 5th.
Curated by Misal Adnan Yıldız , Cagla Ilk, Assaf Kimmel
The sea is not an abyss. It teems with an almost unimaginable array of life. Every night, the largest biological migration on Earth takes place, as trillions of creatures travel closer to the surface to feed. Some of these animals, like shrimp, are well-known. Others, like siphonophores—relatives of jellyfish—are unfamiliar: varying wildly in size, from the slightness of a fingernail to the length of a whale, they look like nothing that we find on land.
How does it feel to be one of these creatures? To explore this question, SUPERFLEX designed a computer-generated siphonophore and created an animated film, Vertical Migration, depicting its ascent. At first, the film mechanically circles the creature, getting closer and closer while giving the audience a view of it from all angles. But eventually the perspective shifts, the camera’s movements become more fluid, and the viewer sees the world from the perspective of the siphonophore.
Unsettling our perceptions of scale and otherness, Vertical Migration is an intimate encounter with a life form that bears no resemblance to human beings, though we share a planet, an ecosystem, and a future. Because of sea-level rise, humans will also be migrating vertically in the coming centuries, to higher elevations and raised buildings. The siphonophore’s story is our story. Though we can never experience its journey through the pitch-black ocean depths, we can shift our perspective to recognize that we’re connected, that our actions affect each other, and that we share a common fate.
Vertical Migration is commissioned by ART 2030 and TBA21–Academy, and supported by Avatar Alliance Foundation, Dalio Philanthropies, OceanX, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), New Carlsberg Foundation, The Obel Family Foundation, Beckett Fonden, and Danish Arts Foundation.
Runo Lagomarsino A Conquest Means Not Only Taking Over (2010), is a part of the exhibition Plural Domains: Selected Works from the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Collection at Harn Museum of Art.
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Olaf Breuning presents ‘Plans for the Planet’ at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
“Artist Olaf Breuning presents Plans for the Planet, an adventure playground for kids to explore, be creative and share their points of view. Throughout the exhibition, children can view animated drawings by the artist, help save a forest, make a portrait and type up plans for the planet for everyone to see.” - National Gallery of Victoria
Plans for the Planet is generously supported by The Truby and Florence Williams Charitable Trust managed by Equity Trustees, the Packer Family and Crown Resorts Foundations, the Neilson Foundation and Spencer Ko and can be experienced until 03.10.2021
"After a couple of years preparing "Plans For The Planet" at NGV in Melbourne finally opened its doors. We planned to open one year ago, but Corona made it impossible, which was maybe a good thing for the show since the very ambitious team lead by Kate Ryan had more time to work on all the details. The show is based on my work and designed by the fantastic NGV team and me. It is a show for kids to make them think playfully about our current relationship with nature and our plans for the future. Most of the show is interactive; kids can draw on pads, activate small animations by tapping on cutout flowers attached to the wall, putting their drawings on a large wall screen, and many more fun things. They can even walk on printed wooden planks over an imaginary hot lava stream - Jurassic Park meets "Saving The Planet". The show hopefully makes our future generation in charge more sensitive about our behavior towards nature." - Olaf Breuning
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