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NEW POSITION, ART COLOGNE

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Mixed media installation

2012

New Position, Art Cologne, 2012, Mixed media installation

New Position, Art Cologne, 2012, Mixed media installation

New Position, Art Cologne, 2012, Mixed media installation

New Position, Art Cologne, 2012, Mixed media installation

New Position, Art Cologne, 2012, Mixed media installation

New Position, Art Cologne, 2012, Mixed media installation

New Position, Art Cologne, 2012, Mixed media installation

New Position, Art Cologne, 2012, Mixed media installation

New Position, Art Cologne, 2012, Mixed media installation

New Position, Art Cologne, 2012, Mixed media installation

New Position, Art Cologne, 2012, Mixed media installation

New Position, Art Cologne, 2012, Mixed media installation

New Position, Art Cologne, 2012, Mixed media installation

New Position, Art Cologne, 2012, Mixed media installation

New Position, Art Cologne, 2012, Mixed media installation

New Position, Art Cologne, 2012, Mixed media installation

During a residency in Jogjakarta, Indonesia I conducted a research on ‘animism’. During the research I became more interested in the relationship between the object and the Human in Javanese culture and in what in called in the west, animism. This is fundamentally different from the relation between the object and the Human in Modern culture.  Here objects have an active relation with the human as absorber, maker or owner of the object.  This relation activates the subject and blurs the border between object and subject. It transfers the object into a subject at least in some aspects of our realization of the object.

 

Being there in Javanese City with its skilled artisans, I rethought the relation between myself as a conceptual artist, most of whose works are ideas developed in her mind and materialized by others in workshops, and objects that later are presented as my works in the gallery space. What is missed in between is the process of making and materializing the work of art.

 

I saw a similarity between the way I work and the tradition of ordering a Karris to a Karris-maker. I commissioned artists and artisans to make me spherical objects. I also started collecting balls form different people in the city. Each of these balls and spherical shapes have their own story and memory. They each have a spirit of the person who owns them, or makes them, or, in my case, orders them as objects. Like the case of karris, the spirit of the maker and the commissioner both is carried in the object. The object is no less a subject than its maker/owner/commissioner.

 

The video presented next to the balls is an attempt to document their life when they were still in their birthplace.