Curated by Edwin Carels
Saturday, March 31, 2012
LHC Das Kabinett
In 2011, the MuHKA (Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp) presented Graphology, a four-part series of thematic exhibitions examining the technique of drawing and its automation, both in the technical and the conceptual sense. In May 2012, The Drawing Room in London will present a new version of the exhibition. Curator Edwin Carels explains some of the ideas behind this project.
Under investigation are the techniques of translation of the living movement and live thinking into a systematized representation, between the trace and the sign, between writing and drawing. The vantage point for these presentations is the work of contemporary young artists that is put in the historical perspective of automated notation systems.
The tradition of the écriture automatique spans a long era, with an obvious strong moment during the heyday of surrealism, as illustrated on the cover of the first issue of La Révolution Surréaliste (1924). In the center of the image we find a typewriter. The Graphology series focusses on such techniques of visualisation, that allow for a particular tension between the hand and the medium, between automatism and automation.
Like a ‘cadavre exquis’, each chapter of Graphology brings together seemingly disparate elements (both on a technical, aesthetic and historical level) together in a visual essay. The focus is on the human hand as a living seismograph of inner life, but with extra attention to the ‘mechanical unconscious of the machine’ which imposes itself on the human eye. How do graphic techniques of reproduction start to live their own lives? This exhibition series situates itself on the cross-section of drawing with photography, printing, film and computer graphics.
Quiero Ver - Adele Horne
Humorous Phases of Funny Faces - J. Stuart Blackton
La Pluie - Marcel Broodthaers
Newsprint - Guy Sherwin
Still Life with Small Cup - Paul Bush
Pharmacy - Bruce Checefsky
Man and his Dog out for Air - Robert Breer
Sine Reco(r)ded - Juliana Borinski
Symphonie Diagonale - Viking Eggeling
Space Modulation - Bart Vegter
The Death of Natural Language - Clint Enns
Two - Steven Subotnick
Six Weeks in June - Stuart Hilton
Particles in Space - Len Lye
Shu (Blue Hour Lullaby) - Philipp Lachenmann