THE STORY WITHIN AND BEYOND
PART III: Remote Passages
Annija Muižule & Katarina Petrović
APRIL 6TH - APRIL 22TH
OPENING: FRIDAY, APRIL 6TH, 19:00 H
OPEN: FRI - SUN | 13:00 - 17:00 H
In Remote Passages, the third exhibition within The Story Within and Beyond project, both Annija Muižule and Katarina Petrović use impersonal narratives in the interdisciplinary way in order to create an interplay within the different media and to criticize the capitalist techno-marketing society.
In a dystopian way Petrović uses J.L. Borges's Two English poems (1934) as the input text to deconstruct the language and to decipher Jupiter planetary emissions. More precisely, the artist uses one of the Borges's verses – „we talked and you have forgotten the words“, to start Lexicon Liber Novus, an alghoritmically generated book. Radio emissions coming from Jupiter, the signal obtained from
NASA amateur radio community, is translated into words as a form of automated poetry, and then projected into „the black water cube.“
On the contrary, Muižule transforms the visual medium of photography into textual exploration of existential image culture (using descriptions of photographs from Bigstock, the online website that sells images via a credit-based system), and vice versa – she transforms certain words into thousands of images found while entering the terms for feelings (anger, happiness, etc.) into a search bar on the internet. From them then she composes a kind of „tapestry“, a kind of a new version of automated poetry, where each pixel is one image, the whole world in
itself... She also does a similar thing with the „strawberry“, being interested in it as a (capitalist) symbol, and the difference between a representation and reality.
What is interesting is the fact that these works actually, medium or material wise, always go a step beyond, so none of the artworks is actually as it seems, they are all actually something else – the verse made by a human (Borges) is transformed into the automated poetry made by a computer, a photograph is actually a text, a text is a photograph, and the strawberries are actually plastic decorative stawberries ordered from China... It seems as if we were standing in a kind of here
futuristic, post-apocalyptic surroundings, where words are not anymore uttered by us, but by computers, and the way we express ourselves is by images, like in the Middle Ages, only that now internet is our church. Fruit is not anymore only wrapped into plastic like today, but it has become plastic itself .., the symbol of a time forgotten, when „we talked and you have forgotten the words.“ Everything had to start again, to be projected in black.
Text: Neva Lukić, art historian
Photos: Anke van den Berg
Please take a look at the full program at ISSUU and
ARTIST TALK #02
APRIL 8TH 2018 | 14:00 - 17:00
A journey through the mind of artist Katarina Petrović. Hear from the artists herself about her practice and key moments across her works.
ARTIST TALK #03 /Exhibition Finissage
APRIL 22TH 2018 | 20:00 - 23:00
A journey through the mind of artist Annija Muižule. Hear from the artists herself about her practice and key moments across her works.
This program is made possible with the help of Stroom Den Haag, Gemeente Den Haag and all See Lab members