J’ouvre les yeux et tu es là at Mudam Luxembourg

Happy New Year! Here is another extract from the current Mudam Luxembourg exhibition set which are relevant to my next project (the first self-directed project of Unit 10, starting in January). ‘J’ouvre les yeux et tu es là‘ (I open my eyes and you are there) is part of the Mudam internal collection, and consists in a set of 15 of different artworks from Mac Adams, Tony Conrad, Marie Cool Fabio Balducci, Michel François, Melvin Moti, John Murphy, Damir Očko, Francisco Tropa and Rémy Zaugg.

The title of the exhibition is derived from one of Swiss artist and curator Rémy Zaugg called ‘Le monde voit‘ (the world sees) from 2000 and is exhibited with other typographic work from the artist.

‘[…] a series which generates questions about the gaze, appearance and visibility through a succession of phrases addressed to the ‘world’. The title evokes the original moment of the image, the instant of walking when the contours of the world still appear to be imprecise, floating and vaporous. In the inversion of the gaze it presents, it also highlights in the works on show the central role attributed to the experience of the viewer: the snippets, snatches and sketches that make up these works are like the gaps through which other images, such as mental images, evocations and memories, are filtered.’

(source: Mudam)

Rémy Zaugg : N.T.45a, 1998 - 2000, Collection Mudam Luxembourg © Photo : Rémi Villaggi

Rémy Zaugg : N.T.45a, 1998 – 2000, Collection Mudam Luxembourg © Photo : Rémi Villaggi

As mentioned in the explanatory brochure

‘[the art exhibited] contain something of the ‘riddle’ that art historian Hans Belting locates at the very origin of the notion of the image: the mystery of ‘the presence of an absence’ (An Anthropology of Images: Picture, Medium, Body, Princeton 2011). The central role played by the phenomena of shadows, projection, reflection and disappearance in the exhibition could also be discussed in terms of the place they occupy in stories about the image passed down from Antiquity’

Notes:

A quote from Gerhard Mack (Swiss Art Critic):

‘[…] on the question of our perception of the world and the genesis in which the world appears as a result of that perception’

Language to invest a pictorial space

perception and illusion

adress – challenge – communicate
(between piece and viewer)

narrative void (Mac Adams)
vs
silence (Damir Očko)

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