Slipping Back Into
Novenber 11. - December 16.
Tanja Rau and Lone Bank
Lone Bank and Tanja Rau, artists
who understand the exhibition space as a stage, a sorcerer's
chamber, dislocate the neutral project room. Deployed in the
darkness of the first showroom, we encounter different episodes
in the lives of two ambitious women. Hanging from the ceiling,
printed polyester objects suggest a colorful comic strip that
one can enter and which integrates the visitor into its storyline.
With their installation, the
Danish artist-duo Bank and Rau question moments of success.
The piece not only brings dark margins into focus, but also bright
epicenters. Toward an adequate form for their conception, the
artists have developed the theatrical composition of the showroom,
which also integrates lighting.
With their dramatic exhibition
practice, the public is offered a visual spectacle, and the idea
of self-determined identity is put into question. The (re-)constitutive
and active self is itself always already a part of the world
and its mediated images, and all its self-contained contradictions.
Thus it is not the individual case that is of greatest interest
to the artists, but rather the correspondences that are constituted
by modifications and doublings. The main darkened showroom of
Sparwasser HQ, with its floating objects and pictures, becomes
a tale in which the visitor takes part.
Along with this large installation
(Slipping Back Into The Darkness), Lone Bank and Tanja
Rau present "Parade" (2006) in the second room.
This recently completed film is the result of a project by
diverse Danish artists who walked the streets of Copenhagen with
a variety of props. The performance recalls the "united
urbanism" demanded by the situationists and their "dérive",
an action demonstrating an act meant to reclaim territory.
Exhibition spaces, like public
places are often subordinated by a strict function.
Bank and Rau, however, create potential spaces in which one creates
one's own meanings, and thus determines the whole. In doing this,
one experiences oneself as an active agent.
We thus slip into the darkness with the artists, and try to catch
a glimpse of the things dwelling within.
Text: co-curator Petra Reichensperger
The project is sponsored by
the Danish Arts Council's Committee for Visual Arts.