The exhibition in Vilnius is one of the largest Mik`s presentations, both in scale and in the range of the artist`s videos shown. For this show, the Aernout Mik will create a video installation, constructing an impressive architectural environment for the 1000 square meters of the Main CAC Hall.
Contemporary Art Centre ] - [Aernout Mik. Videoinstallations] - [30 11 2002 - 19 01 2003]:
[Curator]: Kestutis Kuizinas
Opening of the exhibition: 30 11 2002, 6 pm.
Contemporary Art Centre presents Aernout Mik, the leading figure of the video art scene. Born in Groningen, the Netherlands, in 1962, Aernout Mik lives and works in Amsterdam. Since 1987, he has been presented in solo exhibitions throughout Europe including Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Mik has even twice represented the Netherlands at the Venice Biennale, participated in the Biennales of Berlin, Yokohama and Sao Paulo.
Project in Vilnius:
The exhibition in Vilnius is one of the largest Mik`s presentations, both in scale and in the range of the artist`s videos shown. For this show, the Aernout Mik will create a video installation, constructing an impressive architectural environment for the 1000 square meters of the Main CAC Hall. Aernout Mik`s presentation in Vilnius will consist of four video works, presented on seven different size back-screen projections. The huge architectural setting will take a form of an asymmetric room, shaped by the organically curved and bent walls, namely the inside space being left for the spectator. A constantly changing light condition will present Mik`s first effort to include light in his compositions.
Apart from the two older works - 3 laughing and 4 crying (1998) and Middlemen (2001), in Vilnius Aernout Mik will introduce his brand new pieces Park and Zone (2002). All the works circle around a certain ecstatic and mute despair, thus creating a combination of different dynamics of the same theme.
In his thematically and stylistically consistent compositions of video and architectural settings, Aernout Mik focuses on the human behavioral patterns. His meticulously staged videos picture dull everyday processes. However, Mik twists them into the odd situations with suspended dimensions, filled with groups of people, deprived of any interaction and of any cause - effect relationships, of explicable reactions and of comprehensible efforts. The artist distorts both physiological and social codes, deviating from the settled structures of the cultural common sense.
Mik researches this topic while interrogating the organization and the use of space, both the produced space of his videos and the 'natural', the space of the spectator. By choreographically twisting the ordinary human mechanics, and then, by visually enlarging the produced pictures and approximating them to the spectator, the artist confuses sensations, draws into his odd situations, these needless repetitions with no reasonable meaning, no beginning and no end, thus examining the dynamics of the social, political and aesthetic relationships of the everyday.
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