On show 8 films in a unique installation conceived by Heinz Emigholz: the central theme is the passage and translation of time into space. In Falke Pisano's investigations, all pieces of art, whether objects, performances, texts, videos, are embedded in a continuous circulation, an ongoing exchange of ideas and forms through time and space.
Heinz Emigholz - The Formative Years
Extra City presents the early works of German experimental filmmaker and artist Heinz Emigholz. His work transcends institutional and artistic boundaries and disciplines. While today he is internationally acclaimed for his films portraying buildings by architects such as Adolf Loos, Rudolph Schindler and Bruce Goff, Emigholz played a decisive role in the international experimental film movement in the 70s.
The exhibition The Formative Years presents eight of Emigholz’s films in a unique single installation conceived by the artist. The central theme is the passage and translation of time into space. Five out of eight presented works are composed of thousands of single photographs from industrial and rural landscapes that are assembled into movies following a precisely calculated score. These silent films explore the language of the camera, and the relation between real and simulated time, and cinematic and actual space. Furthermore, there is a cinematic translation of Stéphane Mallarmé's poem “The Demon of Analogy”. The final component of the installation, THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP I-III (1974-2004) provides the most comprehensive insight into the universe of Emigholz’s work and his vision. In these films, largely composed of single still shots, the key “actors” are his illustrated notebooks dating from 1971 to 2004, next to photographs, drawings and studies.
The Formative Years presents this body of work for the first time as an integrated installation in one large open space, in which each film is screened as a digital loop, allowing for the parallel viewing of its different components, and producing ever-new constellations between its different rhythmical scores.
In collaboration with Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, and funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
Falke Pisano - (Conditions of Agency)
Over the last five years the Dutch artist Falke Pisano has steadily developed a series of works brought together under the title Figures of Speech. The cycle of works, of which a selection is presented in the project room of Extra City, can be described as the result of a detailed examination of processes that occur, when ‘objects’ start shifting their form, materiality, meaning, description, understanding, role, agency…
In Pisano’s investigations, all pieces of art, whether objects, performances, texts, videos or interviews, are embedded in a continuous circulation, an ongoing exchange of ideas and forms through time and space – an exchange through which transformation occurs. Like the playful shadows of a perpetuum mobile, in this process new figures, new constellations and new meanings are constantly being generated. Pisano, in turn, captures this in language and thereby generates new meaning and new works.
The constellation of these works, which has grown increasingly complex over the years, culminates in her recent publication Figures of Speech, made in collaboration with designer, artist, writer and editor Will Holder. They have used the book to expose the circulation and exchange of language, ideas and forms in the different works. The book shows that a transfer from one work to another often involves a change of status, a reflection within a different context or a further elaboration on an idea. Several formulations come back in different works, formulations of ideas for works become works, descriptions of works are used in preceding or following works and there is an exchange between descriptive or explanatory texts about the work and the work itself.
Writer and art critic Max Jorge Hinderer wrote the following about Figures of Speech:
“As a spectator or reader one might be confronted with contradictions between one's own expectations of the codes of art history and the transforming moment of aesthetic experience: Pisano’s work is full of references to strategies of abstraction and participation of late modernist avant-gardes, as well as post-structuralist and post-operaist theory. These references are not self-
sufficient, but draw the outline of what rather are to be understood as objectified patterns of comprehension. Yet the objectivation comprises always both the formation of an object of analysis, and the possibility to address the spectator as integral part of the work, identifying him/her with his/her potential to interact with the work on different levels (read a work, manipulate a work, contemplate a work, criticize a work). What Pisano in her work calls discursivation, dematerialization or abstraction becomes concrete in the exhibition space, as experience. But also as a diagram of an enacted machinic enterprise that may involve the spectator as objectified self-awareness – as a key value in a set of broader institutional and discursive interactions. Beyond post-modern referentiality or know-it-all self sufficiency, Pisano’s work maps the production of presence/performance in the encounter with a structure (contemporary art) that constitutively demands presence, enunciation and affect from its consumer.”
For (Conditions of Agency) Pisano now seizes the opportunity to take a step back, reintroducing some key elements of this assemblage into the exhibition context, thus letting her work unfold in a new configuration of time and space.
On the occasion of the exhibition, and stressing the dialogical format Pisano has been constantly working on, Extra City and Falke Pisano invited the German writer and publisher André Rottmann (Texte zur Kunst) to write an essay on the work.
The essay will be presented as a lecture by André Rottmann on 29/10/2010 at 20 h.
Image: Heinz Emigholz, Demon, 1976/77 (film still)
Opening Thursday 16 September at 19:00
Extra City Center for Contemporary Art
Tulpstraat 79 - Antwerpen
Thursday - Sunday 14 - 19