Poetics and Politics of Erasure at Bladr

Catalogued Objects // at Bladr
January 17 – February 9, 2019
Bladr, Copenhagen

Yun Ingrid Lee‘s digital publication “Poetics and Politics of Erasure” will be shown at Bladr as part of’s exhibition “catalogued objects”, showcasing a collection of online publications, archival material, and related artworks.

In 2017/18 (Stef Kors, Titus Knegtel, and Victoria Douka-Doukopoulou) published four interactive online artists’ books. None of these artworks are available in their original form, as they are no longer accessible at the online platform. Instead they are now catalogued and archived in different versions at museums, private collections, in e-mails, etc.

The exhibition “catalogued objects” is the outcome of a yearlong program of publishing, curating events, and experimentation online. The program situated itself in a world of constant updates and refresh buttons that — as theorist Wendy Chun observes— “exist at the bleeding edge of obsolescence. We thus forever try to catch up, updating to remain the same”.

Initiated by to explore and critically evaluate visions and versions of power systems by tracing the politics of technological infrastructures, the artworks hide themselves in places as traditional as archives, as quotidian as smart phone applications, as omnipresent and inescapable as electromagnetic frequencies, and as quiet and evasive as the transfer of information in narrative structures.

The series showcased in December 2017 Poetics and Politics of Erasure by Yun Ingrid Eel, a multidisciplinary research paper on the aesthetics and politics of erasure. In March 2018, Artificial Intelligence Never Has a Headache by Karina Zavidova, a long-form focusing on the fear of AI spread by the media, and the market of productivity-enhancing tools it has fuelled. In July 2018 RADIO, TECHNO, FOSSIL by Eline Benjaminsen & Sophie Dyer, the story of a radio-image as it traverses the bounds of the Earth’s surfaces, atmospheres and techno-geographies. And in September 2018, Meaning Seeking Animals by Lisa van Casand, a subjective collection of a wide range of perspectives on the transfer of information.

“catalogued objects” shows contributions from Yun Ingrid Lee, Karina Zavidova, Yon Eta, Sophie Dyer, Eline Benjaminssen, Sasha Engelmann, Duistere Bardo, Dr. Matt Rogalsky & Dr. Laura Cameron, Emptyset and Daniele Guerrini & Matthias Girardi, Jakob Knegtel, Marit Mihklepp and Aleid de Jong.