Exhibition: 07.12 – 09.12 2011
At: Grimmuseum, Fichte Strasse 2. 10967 Berlin
Song-Ming Ang, Assaf Gruber, Felix & Mumford, Krystel Marois, Rita Medinas Faustino, Sophia Pompéry, Oswaldo Ruiz, Marinella Senatore , Santiago Taccetti
Indira Aguilera Kohl, Luís Albuquerque Pinho, Laura Devereux, Wafa Gabsi, Olga Sureda Guasch, Rachel Fox.
Wunderblock. Traces of process, document and memory is an exhibition exploring the palette of memory’s representation, through archiving, reconstruction, and documentation. Different questions are developed considering how memory can create common spaces for interpretation, how can it be activated through perception and how we define the process from perception to reception.
Sigmund Freud regarded the Wunderblock as a perfect metaphor for the process of recording memories. The Wunderblock, a child’s toy comprised of a wax tablet and a sheet of cellophane. Once the cellophane is pulled away, the images drawn on the tablet disappear. These images are never fully erased, however, a faint trace from each image is permanently etched on the wax board. According to Freud, the mind records memories in much the same way, with our conscious acting as the cellophane, continually receiving stimuli and transferring traces of that information to the unconscious to be stored as memories.
The use of supports de mémoire in this exhibition reveals the symbolic dimension of reordering and recording memory, which takes place through process and documentation. Through different recordings, Olga Sureda Guasch proposes a reinterpretation of the work of Santiago Taccetti and Assaf Gruber. The artists were invited to create new visions and dynamics suggested by the pieces shown in this exhibition. Video, texts, models and photographs are used to docuent two participatory artworks, in this display the documents assert their autonomy and become works of art themselves. Laura Devereux examines the relationship between the artist and curator. Images and notes from her collaboration with Krystel Marois are displayed on the wall beside Marois’ photographs creating an archive for the process of the installation. Indira Aguilera Kohl, Wafa Gabsi and Luís Albuquerque Pinho lead the audience to perceive the reality through interpretation and readings of memory through the poetry contained in the works of Marinella Senatore, Song-Ming Ang, Oswaldo Ruiz, Sophia Pompéry, Rita Medinas Faustino and Felix & Mumford. The artists operate with different narratives and backgrounds using the possible meanings inherent in memory, gathering the traces and creating fields for various readings: document memory directly, exploring the display of collective memories, shared mythologies and individual powers of recalling.
Node Center for Curatorial Studies – Berlin
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Photos ©Laura Gianetti