Serie "The Screen Under My Eyelids"
"The Screen Under My Eyelids" brings together works that explore the mental and social states of insomnia. Conceived with digital videos, audio, inkjet print and wall texts, it together investigates a temporal form between standstill and movement. The works echo the continuous shape of time in an insomniac condition, as well as a world in a perpetual functionality.
What if there would be no more night?
Over the centuries, we have constructed life around two temporalities: the duality of day and night. This can be traced back to the rotation of the earth, which—like any other form of life—has given human beings a clear rhythm. The active day was followed by the night, characterized by sleep, rest, celebrations and other activities that were not possible during daytime. However, the night disappears: opacity, shadow and darkness are fading away. Contemporary society is constructing a round-the-clock operating world leading to a continuous form of time in which the separations between activity and rest, work and leisure, professional and private life eradicate. Insomnia is revealed to us during impasses, but also as a consequence of perpetual work and thus, a response to the omnipresent possibility of visibility.
'The Screen Under My Eyelids' brings together works that explore the mental and social states of insomnia. Conceived with digital video, audio, inkjet print and wall texts, it together investigates a temporal form between standstill and movement. The works echo the continuous shape of time in an insomniac condition, as well as a world in a perpetual functionality. Light in this sense has become an aesthetic vector for mechanisms that structure contemporary society. One of the works shown in the exhibition is a found video of a mirror satellite (Znamya 2.5, an experiment in the 90s) that has the function of deflecting the sunlight towards the Earth. It evokes the ambiguous desire to extend the diurnal temporality to a sempiternal day.
The work includes: 'Deflection' (video), 'Windows' (video), 'Znamya 2.5' (video), 'Stillness' (inkjet print), 'Glimpse' (audio), 'The night is fiction; its intensity remains' (wall text) and 'The day does not exist; it is permanent' (wall text).
Fachklasse: Klasse für Installation und Raum von Joachim Blank