Translating, Correcting, Archiving
Bolz, Ditte Lyngkaer Pedersen, Andy Holtin
31.05.2013, 8 PM
Exhibition runs 1 June - 21 July, 2013
Open: Fri-Sun, 2-6 PM and by appointment
/ 4: Translating, Correcting, Archiving is the fourth and
final exhibition in the Synaesthesia series at Art Laboratory Berlin.
It presents three artists, each of whom has (grapheme) synaesthesia
- Ditte Lyngkaer Pedersen (DK), Eva-Maria Bolz (D) and Andy Holtin
(USA). Each has a unique form of expressing their synaesthetic experiences
in their artwork.
the three previous exhibitions synaesthesia dealt with art history,
with media or with performative aspects the exhibition Synaesthesia
/ 4: Translating, Correcting, Archiving devotes itself to selected
artistic strategies for decoding the phenomenon of synaesthesia.
Ditte Lyngkær Pedersen, Why
is Green a Red Word?, video
stills, 2003 - 2010
Danish artist Ditte Lyngkær Pedersen, professor of
video in Aarhus, Denmark, experiences grapheme and spatial synaesthesia.
Since 2003, she has created an extensive video archive of interviews
about the multi-sensory perception of synaesthetes that document
the experiences of individuals and at the same time make the unbridgeable
gap between this topic and the audience clear: "Since each
synaesthete, whom I met confronted me with a new spectrum of aesthetic
perceptions, I realized that probably no common space of representation
is to be found, but only an individual one. " New
and old works brought together in Why is Green a Red Word?
investigate the relationship between language, translation and visual
grapheme and lexical synaesthete Eva-Maria Bolz lives and
works in Berlin. Her work is dedicated to an exploration of the
relationship between colour, text and perception. In her individual
form of synaesthesia she feels an unchanging association of colours
to numbers, letters, as well as whole words (lexical synaesthesia).
Perception becomes a filter through which letters, words - text
in itself - are translated into colours and transformed from a set
of well-known characters into a message that can only be detected
by means of a particular synaesthetic sensibility.
Eva-Maria Bolz, The Rose and the Nightingale, (Oscar Wilde),
project which Eva-Maria Bolz presents at Art Laboratory Berlin,
follows her subjective perception, that colours and letters form
a specific code through which a text can be translated into blocks
of colour. Each letter corresponds to a specific colour. When the
artist has deliberately used texts that contain intense colour descriptions
such as Oscar Wilde's The Rose and the Nightingale, she asks
us not only to explore the perceived differences, but also to experience
the text through the eyes of a synaesthete.
Holtin, an art professor at the American University in Washington
DC, has grapheme synaethesia, associated with a particular colour-number
association. He sees numbers in specific colours, moreover, this
is influenced by a partial red-green colour blindness, affecting
certain nuances. Only at the beginning of his university studies
did Holtin discover that his specific graphic-numerical synaesthesia
was not shared by all people.
Holtin, Corrections, video still, 2009
his video Corrections you can see how a hand colours in the
numbers of different signs and nameplates in photographs. Corrections
demonstrates the gap between the object and subjective sense perception
as well as the personal impressions of the artist himself. By speeding
up the video, the act of colouring in appears grotesque as the act
of artist's hand achieves a form of splapstick.
this final exhibition the synaesthesia series, Art Laboratory Berlin
will host an international interdisciplinary conference Synaesthesia.
Discussing a Phenomenon in the Arts, Humanities and (Neuro)science.
(5 & 6 July, 2013, Glaskasten Theatre, Prinzenallee 33, next
to Art Laboratory Berlin)
Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz (Kuratoren)
the generous support of:
is supporte in part by a generous gift from Michael Schröder.
Laboratory Berlin Awarded Prize for Project Spaces
are pleased to announce that Art Laboratory Berlin is one of
the winners of the first Prize for Art Project Spaces and
Initiatives in the Field of Visual Arts awarded by the Berlin
Senate Office of Cultural Affairs.
award honours the commitment and work of those operating project
spaces and initiatives. "The award serves" according
to the Senate Office of Cultural Affairs, "to support them,
to secure the existing diversity and to make the activities
of art project spaces and initiatives in Berlin more visible."
prize ceremony takes place on 27 February, 2013 under the auspices
of State Secretary André Schmitz
complete statement from Art Laboratory Berlin on the award can
be found at:
Berliner Projekträume und initiativen
Magazin - Berliner Kulturverwaltung zeichnet Projekträume
aus von Julia Schmitz
- Eine Klassenfahrt mit Baby und Urkunden Von Gabriela Walde
- Das erste Mal: Der Berliner Preis für Projekträume
- Attraktiv und den Preis wert Von Marcus Woeller
deutschland - Echte Berliner Spezialität. Selbstorganisierte
Kunstinitiativen kämpfen ums Überleben
Von Tom Mustroph
- Küsschen, Kaffee, Kohle von Claudia Wahjudi