Daniel Blaufuks, Isabelle Jenniches, Dominik Lejman,
Javier Viver, Jiun-Ting Lin
May 22, 2003-June 28, 2003
On Thursday, May 22, Location One, a not-for-profit multimedia arts organization, will open its second artists in residence group exhibition with multimedia work developed during their stay by Daniel Blaufuks (Portugal), Isabelle Jenniches (The Netherlands), Dominik Lejman (Poland), Jiun-Ting Lin (Taiwan), and Javier Viver (Spain). This exhibition will be on view in Location One’s gallery through June 28, 2003 and will be streamed live on our website (www.location1.org).
Daniel Blaufuks :: Two Hundred and Forty-three Postcards in Real Color
Based on the work of the French writer George Perec, “A Perfect Day” by Daniel Blaufuks takes us to the peaceful world of postcards, filled with pools, beaches, mountains, lakes and, above all, blue skies. George Perec wrote Two Hundred and Forty-three Postcards in Real Color; these short, happy messages, which sometimes remind us of our daily e-mails, are combined here with postcards chosen by the artist, creating a new reading of the original words. Parallel to this, Blaufuks presents a video series, catalogued as Perec would, with titles such as “Pools”, “Mountains”, “Water”, “Beach”, “Road”, bringing us closer to the original ideas of the writer. One could speak almost of the boredom of the perfect day. Daniel Blaufuks has been working extensively on the relation between photography and literature, through works like “My Tangier” (with the writer Paul Bowles) and the more recent “Collected Short Stories”.
Isabelle Jenniches :: true looks and readers in the subway
Isabelle Jenniches comes from a background of scenography and theater. Her more recent explorations focus on the open-ended yet highly ritualized postures of real life. Her newest work, true looks takes place in a SoHo furniture store. The artist’s friends and colleagues—a dancer, a cook, a choir member—become covert protagonists. Mingling with the clients, shop assistants and teamsters, they are instructed to initiate subtle dramatic occurrences amidst the beds and sofas. Everyday patterns of consumer behavior are being poached, subverted into micro-dramatic moments that are followed and captured by the store’s webcam system.
Jenniches’ second project, readers in the subway, zooms in on commuters engrossed in their books. Seemingly oblivious to the noise and the ads, cramped, wearing thick layers of winter clothes, they each escape into their own thoughts, creating a bubble around themselves. Expression, body language and the occasional book title offer an intimate glimpse of that inner world. Focusing in on this one particular group of people reveals nuances of a larger human condition and taps into the collective consciousness of the moment: the video stills and sound bites create a snapshot of what was on peoples’ mind during the NYC Winter of 2003.
Dominik Lejman :: Video Murals – Social Surfaces Central Air Condition (Use and Care)
In Video Murals – Social Surfaces, Dominik Lejman employs direct recordings of crowds and urban gatherings he has filmed. This original footage is then rendered into a purely abstracted form by the artist through the creation of ornamental crowd motifs that are projected on the wall. The projection on the wall is equivalent to painting’s surface for the emerging pattern of repetition. In Lejman’s words, “the structure of the mass ornament is abstract, but is not a mere abstraction. The aesthetic pleasure provided by the statistical tapestries is a form of information anesthesiology. It neutralizes the fact of being a product of a shared destiny and organic life, the function of individual personalities with unique souls”.
Central Air Condition (Use and Care)
is a work dedicated to the conditioning role of the information we “inhale” on a daily basis, and its physical effect on our survival. The gallery space is conditioned by the synthesis of information extracted from the media—creating a glass house effect, whereby information is reduced to temperature, humidity and ventilation conditions. The impact is direct. In this project, the ornamental, floral pattern designed for the gallery is created from recorded images of crowds in motion, both real and virtual.
Jiun-ting Lin :: Psyche-Zone
Jiun-ting Lin is the first recipient at Location One of the Yageo Tech-Art Award of the ACC. If “installation art” gives the audience a spatial perception at a fixed point in time, then Jiun-Ting Lin’s work can be experienced as “time and space installations.” His current work, Psyche-Zone, attempts to create a space in which the viewer experiences shifts of sensation between immediate perspective and experiential memory, a certain place in the “here and now,” simultaneously representing the infinite unfolding of the “there and then.” In his installations, Jiun-ting Lin attempts to create a time and space that is sealed like a capsule, devoid of “venue” meaning, distinct from heterogeneous art space or undefined “wasteland space.”
Javier Viver :: EspHeM
Javier Viver is currently developing EspHeM, a utopian company whose mission is to offer a new formula of portable habitat prototypes. Through the appropriation of packaging systems, EspHeM questions the concepts of material security in a mass consumer-driven society. During the exhibition, prototypes of temporary living structures will be displayed in a booth, while general information on EspHeM can be accessed at http://www.location1.org/esphem, a website that the artist created largely during his residency.
LOCATION ONE’S INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM
The central purpose of Location One’s International Residency Program is to encourage collaboration by inviting artists from all over the world and different media to experiment with advanced technological tools and delivery systems, and to develop new work. We encourage artists at all levels of experience to participate: they are given studio space, unprecedented technical support and guidance, and access to computer-assisted digital tools.
Asian Cultural Council; Center for Dansk Billedkunst (DCA Foundation); Denmark Statens Kunstfond (National Endowments for the Arts, Denmark); Det Danske Kultur Institut, Denmark; Fonds voor Beeldende Kunst, Vormgeving en Bouwkunst (Netherlands); Fundacio Marcelino Botn (Spain); Fundao Calouste Gulbenkian (Portugal); Kosciuszko Foundation; Luso-American Development Foundation; The Milton and Sally Avery Foundation; Polish Cultural Institute in New York; Trust for Mutual Understanding; Yageo Corporation, (Taiwan) (The Yageo Corporation of Taiwan has recently created the “Yageo Tech-Art Award of the ACC”, a special annual award enabling a Taiwanese artist to participate in Location One’s International Residency Program for 6 months.