Posts Tagged ‘Vanessa Gravenor’

SCRATCHING FICTIONS // LAWRENCE ABU HAMDAN AT DAADGALERIE

By Vanessa Gravenor In Helmut Lethen’s text ‘“Knall als sich”: Das Ohr als Einbruchstelle des Traumas,’1 he reflects on the technical shock the machine gun had on WWI soldiers. Rather than the following the majority of post-traumatic stress theory (and post structuralist theory for that matter) that focuses on the image as the site of[…]

WHATEVER BODY

COMMODITY LIMITED // ON THE SURFACE OF AN IMAGE By Vanessa Gravenor >click here to download PDF A coughing man on repeat stares forward. His beady eyes have a hollowed-out effect and inform us, the viewers, of his irritation with our presence. The footage of this man, who is called The Assistant, hacks into a[…]

SMOG, DRONES, STAIRCASES, AND ENERGY DRINKS // ANNE IMHOF

click to download PDF By Vanessa Gravenor Smog, drones, staircases, and energy drinks: these are the objects that dominate Frankfurt-based artist Anne Imhof’s performative installations. These inanimate articles and states are sometimes joined by falcons, horses, and bunny rabbits. Composed almost entirely of immaterial gestures, Imhof’s work exists at the intersection of contemporary dance and[…]

THE INSCRUTABLE LAUGH OF THE OTHER // TALA MADANI’S ELUSIVE ALCHEMY

By Vanessa Gravenor Laughter, the antithesis of misery, can be an axe to combat ailments in uncertain times. One can note the emergence of a certain absurdity when censorship reigns and trauma weighs like heavy fog; yet, what to say of our current moment where nationalism thickens and financialization looms as the final reckoning? In[…]

PIPILOTTI RIST // NEW MUSEUM

Digital Delirium By Vanessa Gravenor Pipilotti Rist’s work is known for her characteristic hallmarks of fusion between digital and cinematic space, between architecture and the body. Most of her work can be characterized by an aesthetic that weaves into feminism, body politics, and sexuality. This aesthetic is comprised of stretched out slow cam underwater shots[…]

ANONYMOUS STATELESS IMMIGRANTS COLLECTIVE

By Vanessa Gravenor It’s about a society in free fall… —La Haine The quote from the first passage in Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities is often cited and referenced. A Tale of Two Cities tells the story of the French revolution from the point of view from the oppressed and the peasants—describing the[…]

KATJA NOVITSKOVA // KUNSTVEREIN HAMBURG

by Vanessa Gravenor “All you get is light/ but light is actually a lot.” This is the statement written in the press catalog for Dawn Mission (2016), Katja Novitskova’s first solo exhibition, on view at the Kunstverein Hamburg. Novitskova, whose sculptures reconstruct images sourced from the Internet into a minimalist performative space, is a figure[…]

CHRISTOPHER MEERDO // DOCUMENT

by Vanessa Gravenor A group of screens lie upon a gray industrial floor, entangled within one another like roots in a rhizomatic structure. Each of the screens project different images of alternate digital worlds. Is this digital culture showing its inherent networked structure? A flat first inquiry. On the walls, one sees other screens deconstructed[…]

GEORGIA SAGRI // KW INSTITUTE BERLIN

By Vanessa Gravenor  My First Science Fiction Book, Religion Upon first entering Georgia Sagri’s My First Science Fiction Book, Religion on view during the Berliner Festspiel at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, one notices a cluster of bodies arranged within a baroque composition. Playing instruments in unison, these individuals create cacophonous, overlapping noises:[…]

ANRI SALA // THE PRESENT MOMENT

by Vanessa Gravenor Anri Sala’s The Present Moment, currently on view at the Haus der Kunst Munich, re-performs and dissects a late Romantic composition by Arnold Schoenberg in a 19-channel sound system, and a single channel video projection. “Transfigured Night,” a sextet composed as chamber music, was composed for an intimate setting. Taken out of[…]

BARTHÉLÉMY TOGUO // GALERIE SAMUEL LALLOUZ

by Vanessa Gravenor Barthélémy Toguo’s Africa, currently on view at Galerie Samuel Lallouz in Montréal, plays with the notion of black travel and black exchange in the global market. Through his practice, and poignantly in this exhibition, Toguo mixes Arte Povera actions with African folk aesthetics to suggest the mobility of bodies across different times[…]

PROFILE OF THE ARTIST // URSULA BIEMANN

by Vanessa Gravenor Reversing Information Flows: Forest Law and Deep Weather Ursula Biemann is a Swiss video artist whose work focuses on the neocolonialist, exploitation of resources, with all its deleterious affects on the Global South. Within her video essayist practice, Biemann contends with the value of the body—its eradication to what Giorgio Agamben calls[…]