NAVID NUUR, MIND MAP, 2013, ARGON GAS, GLASS
THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
99 WORDS WITH NAVID NUUR
If I take the time to look at one of the objects in my studio, this time exists in relation to that object as a mix of past, present and future focused on the object’s location and the light which ensures that I can see the object at all. I’m not sure why, but it irritated me that all these relationships co-existed while I was making the object. After all, I’m working on an object, and not on light, time, present, past and future. I needed to isolate all these ingredients so that I could get closer to the actual object. After looking at my object for a long while, I discovered that the now does not exist, because the now has already gone while you sit there thinking about it. Nor is there a relationship between the now and the object. Which means that there is not a clock in the
world that runs synchronously with actual time, except for one that has stopped – the only type to give the exact time twice a day. So at which moment is there an opportunity for me to see the object? After looking again for a long time, I slowly realised that in order to see the now, you constantly rebuild it on your retina. On a smaller scale, we do the same thing with words and meanings. Because we have collectively agreed that ‘mug’ is the word for a mug, and not ‘sulpt’. So virtually everything is subject to collective agreements. I think that you also do this physically and mentally with the things you see. So as soon as light falls on the object, it allows me to see it, and I recognise the work time and time again, as fast as separate film frames that are played in rapid succession so that you get a fluent confirmation, or a rapid disappearance of doubt. But suppose I were able to look, at the speed of light, at my object: in that case I would actually find myself in the now and experience the object. So that was the problem. For me, this disparity between my speed and the speed of light means that I can’t see the object in the present – I’m too slow for this – but actually in a constant pre- absence of the future. Now that I have calibrated my viewing rhythm to the object, I can finally understand what I saw, and when I saw it, in the pre-absence of the future. With these new insights, I could once again view the works and objects in my studio and see how I could use to my advantage the combination of this phenomenon with light. Now I still had to find forms that allowed me to isolate or extend light from time, or extract an after-image from it. When I will have made a few more works, I will deal with this matter in more detail.
99 WORDS WITH GUIDO VAN DER WERVE
GUIDO VAN DER WERVE, NUMMER DERTIEN, EFFUGIO B: PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A MOUNTAINEER, 2010, TWO FRAMED DIGITAL C-PRINTS, ONE FRAMED TEXT, EACH PRINT: 58.1 X 44.13 cm
Courtesy of the artist
On January 19th, 2010, I reached the summit of Aconcagua in Argentina, 6.962 meters.
I was looking for some wisdom in this period, and was hoping to find some at the summit. I had heard stories like “if you make it to the summit, you realise it’s all worth it” and “you climb up a boy and you come down a man”.
After two weeks of pain and suffering, we finally reached the summit. Besides being completely exhausted I didn’t feel anything.
Guido van der Werve
FRANCO VACCARI, ESPOSIZIONE IN TEMPO REALE N.45, 2017
Courtesy the artist and P420 Gallery, Bologna
FRANCO VACCARI, PROVVISTA DI RICORDI PER IL TEMPO DELL’ALZHEIMER, 2003, DIGITAL FILM FROM VHS, 21’57’’
Courtesy the artist and P420 Gallery, Bologna
When I visited the place I found myself in front of a massive building perfectly preserved, with a large room in the raised part that once served as a dormitory for soldiers guarding the City. I immediately thought of recreating a similar situation where, instead of soldiers, were going to spend the night not only the valiant exhibitions visitors, always willing to discover new experiences, but also the assorted group of curious people that represents the current version of the picaros, the beggars, the storytellers, the mendicant friars of the seventeenth century.
The older you get, the more life becomes miserable, all the people you grow up with die, your parents die, your grandparents die, your dog dies, your energy diminishes, there’s less books to read, there’s no more groups to discover, you just end up a barren wasteland, trying to discover something new, which never really occurs. You end finding worth in groups which 2 or 3 years ago you would have spat on, which I do all the time, its depressing, I mean, I am getting into Buffalo Springfield, which is a nightmare.
Beneath the Silures’ feet the Carboniferous swamps, mud, sediment and organic matter, compressed over millions of years, turned into high quality anthracite coal. This valuable dark artery runs serpentine from Spain under the Bay of Biscay to Britain and across the Atlantic to Pennsylvania. The subterranean horizontal passage of solidified carbon sludge is an ominous harbinger of the tumultuous binds that link the peoples and the social institutions born out of its exploitation. On the golden sands of Langland Bay, 2,500 years ago… a Silurian child is building sand castles and knocking them down.
Photo Courtesy Rochelle Goldberg
THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
99 WORDS WITH ROCHELLE GOLDBERG
Binocular vision is the combination of visual impulses from two separate eyes that enable three-dimensional perception. The Cyclops has a single oculus, and thus inhabits a two-dimensional world, where the conditioning of a three-dimensional awareness occurs through a learned feeling for things. Sensorial sight is then re-informed as a haptic encounter. The focused stare anticipates touch to reify the visual field.
99 WORDS WITH RICCARDO BERETTA
RICCARDO BERETTA, ARAZZETTO GQ, EMBROIDERY AND THREADS ON PAINTED COTTON VELVET, 32X32 CM, 2016.
COURTESY THE ARTIST AND GALLERIA FRANCESCA MININI, MILAN
On occasion of The Blank Benefit 2016, annual meeting to support the association’s network activities, Riccardo Beretta has realized a series of fifty velvet hand embroidered tapestries, realized as a unique thanks to a pictorial intervention and to a manual making process.
Each work, Arazzetto GQ, pays homage to the figure of Giacomo Quarenghi (1744 – 1817), in concomitance with the celebrations for the death bicentenary.
During the Benefit Dinner, planned on Thursday 15th December in the frame of Spazio ALT, a harpsichordist will present a repertoire of musical pieces referable to the historical period of Quarenghi, playing the harpsichord Birba (2009 – 2011), an instrument which is also an artwork, realized by Riccardo Beretta.
99 WORDS WITH FATMA BUCAK
FATMA BUCAK, THERE MAY BE DOUBTS, 2015, FROM THE SERIES A STUDY OF EIGHT LANDSCAPE, DIGITAL ARCHIVIAL PIGMENT PRINT, 110×140 cm
And here we leave as we came
good-bye brother sea
I take with me a little of your gravel
a little of your light blue salt
a little of your infinity
a little bit of your light
and of your unhappiness.
You were able to tell us many things
about your destiny as sea
here we are with a little more hope
here we are with a little more wisdom
and we leave as we came
goodbye brother sea
And here we leave as we came
goodbye brother sea.
Nâzım Hikmet (RanThessaloniki, 20th November 1901 – Moscow, 3rd June 1963)
99 WORDS WITH ALIS/FILLIOL
ALIS/FILLIOL, ULTRATERRA (DETAIL), 2016, MIXED MEDIA, DIMENSIONS VARIABLE
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99 WORDS WITH NOVA PAUL
NOVA PAUL, THIS IS NOT DYING (FILM STILL), 2010, 16MM FILM TRANSFERRED TO HD VIDEO, 20 MINUTES
There are two Māori proverbs that unravel the capitalist time of labor and colonial constructs: for ka mura, ka muri we walk into the future backwards with our eyes firmly on the past and i ngā rā o mua: the days before us, that places the past in front and the future behind. This time here – te wa, is encompassing and embodied and resists factors of production, holding onto complexity. A floating world drawn from stories that link rocks, to songs, to children, to trees, to spiders, to wood pigeons, to the sky: these stories are the beginning of self determinacy.
99 WORDS WITH DEIMANTAS NARKEVICIUS
Deimantas Narkevicius, Ausgeträumt, 2010, HD video transferred on 35mm film and Blu-ray disc Colour, sound Duration: 5’35
‘Ausgeträumt’ has no direct English translation but means a state between dream and reality at the point of waking up.
The very first creative attempts by any artist usually are very positive, unaffected by criticism, even naive activities. I do understand “naiveté” as an initial state to be creative for any beginner in any field of arts. Without naiveté any young person, probably, would not choose to be an artist, so to be condemned for very possible failure. Here I would like to refer to myself. I had to be absolutely naive to choose to be a visual artist, in the late 80’s when in the Soviet Union everything was falling apart. There was no precedent of success, or an example to follow in the country which was still isolated.
With ‘Ausgeträumt’ I am re-approaching to the state of mind of “naiveté” which I find quite beautiful and already lost. I have shot young boys performing their very first song as just started indie band. I find it really optimistic to start a band with some ambitions in Lithuania. Pop music here was not really developed as an original form of self expression at any period, besides a few exceptions also known only locally. No musician has made it internationally so far from here.
I have offered to that bunch of idealists, to produce a music video of their first single. The piece as Lux and Independent Cinema commission was printed on 35mm film and was touring around cinemas in England during year 2010 – 2011. So the guys had a virtual tour of their first song around England, the country with a strong rock music tradition, so the address of a desire to any starting musicians.