They are sticky, perhaps you can say magnetic. Über Sammlungen und andere Verbindungen in der Dichotomie der Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft (1). Jette Gejl, TC McCormack & Michelle Atherton
Jette Gejl, Michelle Atherton, TC McCormack
We live in unstable times; the social order shows its disorder, the traditional categories of knowledge and concepts of history are no longer liable. In search of new beginnings, we looked to the promise of new models of union, social arrangements that appeal to our ideals, aspirations, and worldviews.
This exhibition is conceived as an excavation site, a staging to revalue public and private collections in whatever form – whether animal, mineral, technological, mythological or not. In part the artist’s aim is to seek out places where future possibilities might be caught in the present through looking and framing objects, processes and actions from the past. To use, and abuse social formulations and their forces as a way to re-order physical materials and re-formulate critical frameworks.
Jette Gejl (DK) will present an exploration that maps the entirety of the colour beige and furthers it on site. The methods include various elements such as testimonial, text and material analysis as well as a cooking school and performative talks.Through the search for Ultimate Beige Gejl seeks, through democratic processes, a more refined and original nuance of beige than the international definition: RAL 1001 (RAL is a the most famous and widely used European color matching system that defines colors for paint, coatings and plastics).
Michelle Atherton (GB) swivels attention towards the irrational, exploring those actions, thinking and behaviours that could appear more illogical in comparison to other more rational alternatives. In RIG’s, the Repository of Irrational Gesture’s in PowerPoint form, she brings together a sequence of irrational gestures from myths, insect noises, film stills, neo-feudal structures, Avant Garde references, occult motion, song lyrics and more global outpourings. This irrational inventory is a collective endeavour including contributors from artists, academics and an entomologist. So begins the irrational collection.
TC McCormack (GB) considers how our man-made structures exist in and out of time, and how the course of history continually reappraises our concept of value and indeed collections. In his time-based installation sequential phrasing enables different scenes to move between and across a screen based assemblage and a large projection, which in turn sets up a dialogue with a large print and an accompanying text piece. These works offer unfolding acts of dislocation, in resisting any temporal trajectory, they appear to move in and out of time.
1. In 1887 the sociologist Ferdinand Tonnies identified two distinct forms of opposing social organisations, Gemeinschaft (more modern, atomised, individualistic) andGesellschaft (of lost innocence, organic, mutual). These historical frames are a fated transition and a generative measure.
Jette Gejl Beige Obsessions – The Beige Collection, Therapeutic Station, Workshop: Finding the ultimate beige colour. 2018
Michelle Atherton Repository of Irrational Gestures (RIGs) – Video loop 11 mins 2018
Pathetic Sculpture Digital print 235 x 100 cm 2018
TC McCormack The Pacific has no memory – Video diptych with soft sculpture 2018
all our ships are at sea – C-Print on light box with an accompanying text 2018
opening: Thursday, June 28, 2018, 7.30pm
LIVE AT KUNSTRAUM. 12pm, 29.06.18 – a thirteen-hour programme with invited speakers, artists and screenings.
Duration of the exhibition: 29th June – 31st July 2018
KunstRaum Goethestrasse xtd, Linz, Austria
Michelle Atherton is an artist based in London, U.K. She works with images, temporal states and contingency. Her work objectifies cultural phenomena as a means to investigate structures, systems and preoccupations. Most recent exhibitions include: Kunstraum, Linz, Austria, Zeppelin Museum, Germany; Tatton Park Biennale U.K.; Kino Babylon, Berlin; Linergallari Tallinn, Estonia. Her writing has been included in numerous arts magazines and her work has been supported through the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Arts Council, U.K. She is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University, U.K.
TC McCormack www.tcmccormack.co.uk
TC McCormack is an artist based in London. His multidisciplinary practice is a creative and discursive site, considering a constellation of preoccupations; from the shifting identity of materiality, the absence of human agency, the phenomenon of resistance space, to language’s ability to delineate the relational affinities of forms. His work takes a range of outcomes, often combining: video, print, assemblage and curation. TC is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Fine Art (BA/MA/PhD) at SIA: Sheffield Institute of the Arts – Sheffield Hallam University, UK.
Jette Gejl http://www.jettegejl.dk/
“I am keenly interested in all the systems, circuits and networks that govern our lives, and which we use to organise and automate those lives – right from our nervous system to the many socio-historical cultural norms in which we are embedded right from our neonatal beginnings. All these systems share certain traits: they are anchored in a set of codes and meanings that relate to the context which governs and regulates us as human beings, as part of nature and as a society. I employ artistic interventions to break down familiar systems, circuits and networks in order to rebuild them as closely to their starting point as possible – but with the addition of a new resource in the form of greater flexibility, elasticity and scope for individual interaction with the system.
In terms of methods and media, my work continues in the artistic tradition that has, from the 1960s onwards, made the physical body an object of reflection in performance, video and installation media. I employ a project format, often developing my works in close co-operation with fellow artists, theorists, professionals, politicians and audiences. The participatory aspects play a special and crucial role in many of my projects; a natural consequence of the fact that the themes I often address must be experienced in states of progress and process in order to yield optimum impact.”