I met David, who lives and works as a visual artist in Prague, in 2012 while we were both in residence at ZK/U in Berlin. He is in Berlin for his opening of Based on Paper at Jiri Svesta Gallery and stopped by my studio to enact a 90-minute collaborative piece where, blindfolded and joined by a single rope tied to his drawing hand, both my movements and his direct how each of us interacts with and marks the space. In this iteration, David drew on a single-sheet of paper – I think we both imagine a longer piece where over time, his markings may take over a space as my movement may become more confined.
Open studio performance at Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, Berlin
Photos by Samuel Kalika
Open Studios – 29 Aug 2013, 18:30
Chris Meighan and Marjolijn Rijks, Louis Porter, Raegan Truax, Kaori Yamashita
Raegan Truax: In her second residency at ZK/U, Raegan is enacting simple performance scores in public spaces throughout Berlin for one to three hours. The public bodyworks are in-process experiments informing a new durational to be performed during Berlin Art Week at the end of September.
During open studios, a selection from the bodyworks series will be performed. Viewing will be from 8pm – 9pm. Come and go as you please. Raegan will be available for questions and conversation after 9pm.
Chris Meighan and Marjolijn Rijks: A dual installation on the moment and the action of making. Draw, see, saw, cut, tear, glue, assemble. Making as talking, a language of materials in space. Making as thinking, as a subjective experience. A visual dialogue of space, material and action.
Louis Porter: Using as a site of investigation the 155km stretch of bike tracks, housing estates, shopping centres and parks that now occupy the space where the Berlin Wall once stood, Louis has attempted to create a photographic catalogue of absence. Combining his own photographs, images found in the Mauerpark Flohmarket and archival documentation of found objects, Louis has expanded on his interest in developing a form of symbolic archaeology.
Kaori Yamashita: The moment I capture an ordinary daily life as an image of the world, the joints supporting daily life begin to wobble; connections between objects start to collapse. The uncertainties of contemporary societies gives me an impetus to make art and the traces of my hands suggest a fall and space becomes a material that should be shaken or be deprived of a form. I think that the role of art includes the presentation of such a fall or space distorted by a kind of undulation for viewers.