The Space of Conflict / From A to Z. The Space of Conflict seeks to examine the multiple unevennesses that characterise Schabus' personal search and lead him from the studio to the situation, and then back to the studio again. Taking the linguistic signs as purely abstract material, as pure signifiers, Pedro Diniz Reis reactivates the traditions of visual poetry and aleatoric music.
Hans Schabus - The Space of Conflict
curated by Pablo Fanego
Hans Schabus (Watschig, Austria, 1970) has acquired great notoriety in the art world due, above all, to a series of specific projects undertaken in very different places and characterised by a performative approach to these contrasting contexts, incorporating multiple elements that were associated with the architecture itself and with its surroundings.
However, if there is a place to which the works of Schabus ultimately refer, it is the space of his studio, the physical and mental space where the true conflict between the real and the possible, between the contingent and the fictitious, unfolds. For Schabus, the studio is simultaneously reality and representation; it is the place where he spends his time and where reality is processed as material, and it is the metaphor for his conception of the artistic practice and of his position in the world.
The Space of Conflict seeks to examine the multiple unevennesses that characterise Schabus’ personal search and lead him from the studio to the situation, and then back to the studio again. A double movement in which the strategies of distancing and fictionality – with references that are not always explicit and range from Brancusi to Bas Jan Ader, from H. David Thoreau to the country figure of the “ramblin’ man ” – are at least as important as the data that bring us closer to what we call reality.
Pedro Diniz Reis - De A a Z (From A to Z)
curated by Miguel Wandschneider
The exhibition that Pedro Diniz Reis (Lisbon, 1972) held some months ago, at Culturgest in Porto – A dictionary, four alphabets and a decimal system – brought together a remarkable group of works, produced between 2004 and 2010. These works are characterised by the use of linguistic signs (different alphabets, all the words of an English dictionary, the numbers from 0 to 9 spoken in Japanese) and processes of visual and sound composition in which the application of rules for the combination and sequencing of the different elements generates results that fall beyond the artist’s subjectivity. Taking the linguistic signs as purely abstract material, as pure signifiers, Pedro Diniz Reis reactivates, in his own way, the traditions of visual poetry and aleatoric music, inviting the spectator to a deeply immersive viewing-hearing experience.
Openign July 2nd, 2011
Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos - Culturgest
Edifício Sede da Caixa Geral de Depósitos
Rua Arco do Cego, Piso 1 - 1000-300 Lisboa
Image: © Pedro Diniz Reis
Páginas de O Livro dos AA, Lisboa, Culturgest, 2010