Sep 15th – Oct 7th, 2017
Quartair, Toussaintkade 55, The Hague
Works by: Natali Blugerman, Marit Mihklepp, Ludmila Rodrigues and Catinca Tilea
In observing our relationship with objects, we see that it is not so clear where our bodies end and the inanimate world begins. Are we imparting life into the object or is the object allowing our bodies to express their vitality?
The exhibition presents a series of works in which simple objects invite the audience to take part in playful and open ended experiences. Visitors become part of the works. These can be thought of as compositions that can be performed by anyone, much like the Fluxus text score “draw a straight line and follow it”, with the difference that the concepts here are embodied in objects rather then presented through text. Lack of virtuosity need not result in banality. As conceptual artist Robert Morris put it, “simplicity of form is not necessarily simplicity of experience”.
Performance, Objects, Bodies is presented in an open laboratory format, integrated within a 4 week long residency, during which 4 artists will be working in parallel at Quartair, developing and testing new ideas. At the end of each week, visitors are invited to come and participate in the artists’ process.
Exhibition opening: September 15th at 20:00.
Visiting times, from September 16th to October 7th:
Thursdays and Fridays, from 17:00 to 20:00
Saturdays from 14:00 to 17:00
It will also be possible to visit the exhibition during Hoogtij on September 29th between 17:00 and 23:00.
The works developed by Ludmila Rodrigues and Marit Mihklepp during this exhibition will be then presented at Tetem in Enschede between November 16th and January 28th.
Ludmila Rodrigues is an artist, designer and researcher operating between sensory experience, architecture and social interaction. She investigates the sense of touch – and proprioception – creating spaces, situations and devices to influence, interfere and engage with the audience. Ludmila deploys playful strategies to trigger physical awareness, in a synergy of the senses, where the notions of performance, self-control and enjoyment become blurred. Her works unfold a corporeal dialogue with the public, where everyone becomes an actor.
Marit Mihklepp is interested in making space, instead of taking space. After studying textile design and ArtScience she has found a way to combine together her lifelong passion for movement, writing and daydreaming. Deeply fascinated by the qualities of pauses and the characteristics of silent languages, she is currently collecting im/possible models of communication, be it with microorganisms or everyday objects.
Catinca Tilea is a concept designer with a multi-disciplinary background. Her work focuses on creative driven behaviour. Tilea’s work experience varies from teaching product- and interior design at the National University of Fine Arts in Bucharest to collaborating as an interior architect with Rotterdam-based architecture firm ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles].
Through her installations and performances, Natali Blugerman creates spaces where the audience can have strong experiences of aspects of the universe we are all part of. Awareness, consciousness, and rawness are some of the keywords in her work. For the last two years she has been working with natural and artificial light, creating observatories with the aim to unlearn the boundaries of vision, to see more than what we are used to seeing, and expanding awareness of the connection between outer and inner worlds.
Images: Marit Mihklepp, Conversations with Objects, Ludmila Rodrigues, Flexor 1, Catinca Tilea, One Minute Lamp