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In Praise of Shadows, TETEM, Enschede
18th September 2014 - 17th November 2014
From September 18 until November 16 an installation of Ground will be presented in the group exhibition organised by the Instrument Inventors Initiative iii In Praise of Shadows in TETEM Kunstruimte, Enschede (NL).
Works by: Wen Chin Fu, Mariska de Groot, Matteo Marangoni, Jonathan Reus, Jeroen Uyttendaele, Dieter Vandoren and Dewi de Vree
It is commonly said that we live in culture dominated by visual images. But could we find a different balance between the senses by reimagining the technologies that we employ? Dimming the lights and reducing the sharpness of vision, in the shadows our imagination opens up, the boundaries between the real and the imaginary become blurred, and at the same time we rediscover the sensitivity of the ear, we tune in to the sounds of the environment, we listen to echoes of our footsteps reflecting off far away surfaces, we appreciate the texture of materials, the warmth of wood, the coldness of metal, we feel the age of the people we love by sensing the roughness of their skin with our fingers.
When modern western technologies invaded Japanese homes in the first half of the 20th century Jun’ichirō Tanizaki published In Praise of Shadows, a peculiar essay in which the novelist describes both his nostalgia for the darkness of traditional Japanese homes and his strenuous efforts to combine new technologies with old materials and habits: so he found ways to harmonize paper lanterns with electric light bulbs, glass and paper in sliding doors, wooden toilet fixtures and modern plumbing.
The works presented in this exhibition follow a similar approach. A careful selection of materials and simple forms, personal combinations of technologies both cutting edge and obsolescent, invite us to open up our senses, to make space with our bodies and to actively explore the details that lie within the lower thresholds of perception.
In Praise of Shadows is a group exhibition presented by the artist-run platform iii with the support of Stroom Den Haag and the Creative Industries Fund NL.