Thursday, August 10, 2006

Seeing is not enough



Seeing is not enough: while the more recent art history has largely dismissed the visible, the heirs of Duchamp, in their nihilistic impulse, often go one step further, abandoning the object nature of art as such. This is the approach taken by Karin Sander in her piece Zeigen (2006), which confronts visitors with an existing empty room or empty gallery walls which only show the usual title labels of the works exhibited. The works themselves are missing or not to be seen. Their presence, however, is perceptible through a different sense. The artist asked a number of fellow artists such as Sylvie Fleury, Hamish Fulton, Mona Hatoum, or Lawrence Weiner to choose a work of their own and give an audio description of it. The viewer is liberated from vision and referred to an alternative mode of perception which leads him from a concrete, obvious, accustomed, trained to an imaginative, aural aesthetic experience. In this sense, nothingness cannot exist – for there is always imagination, the viewer’s seductive mind power.

As one could argue that seduction is a reverse power game where the seducer aims at controlling the realm that will over-power him in return, Sam Renseiw shifts, in this video, from colour to a seemingly empty, colourless space. A short recent experience of Nothing, in Frankfurt, with audio from London's Tate Modern. Enjoy the cryptic piece by cliking here, or enter nothing above. (patafilm #223, 02'22'', 8.3 MB, Quicktime/mov - Flash version here)

3 Comments:

Blogger Outi-Illuusia Parviainen said...

Hi Sma, perhaps you're dealing with Shifting comfort zones, I'm dizzy with travel high to get back to CPH&Roskilde, put your phone nr in my email or just appear in one of those public presentation moments at the University
btw - no photo of you anywhere, I only got to know you've been claiming yourself as someone from Helsinki while hanging around an electric construction,
illuusia

Thursday, August 10, 2006 10:31:00 pm  
Blogger Outi-Illuusia Parviainen said...

You look just the same as i remember, oh now i see why google dosn't find this blog update from 22ndaug'05, it's the strange spelling of my name, you funny one.
It seems very interesting, all this stuff that you have in here, inspiring and thoughtful – let's make smth new and exprmntl in Vilnius ok?
gnite – illuusia
cuckooing slow ear test

Thursday, August 10, 2006 11:13:00 pm  
Anonymous sam said...

yes. great!
looking forward to it...
by the way:
"cockooing slow ear test" is the best sentence i've hear/read in a long time. absolutely love it....
still pondering on what it actally might mean ? some old finish proverb ?
:-) sam

Thursday, August 10, 2006 11:47:00 pm  

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