Allard van Hoorn
TRACES | PUBLIC SPACES TRANSLATED
14.09. - 11.10.2013
during OPEN ART:
Friday, September 13, 2013
|Opening Hours OPEN ART:||
Sat/Sun, Sept. 14/15, 2013
11 am - 6 pm
|Gallery Opening Hours:||
Wed/Fri 1-6pm, Thu 1-7pm
Sat 12-4 pm
Public space, its contextualization, description, appropriation and perception are in the main focus of Allard van Hoorn’s work. Similar to Aboriginal “songlines” or dreaming tracks that, being passed on from generation to generation, have created an invisible map of Australia and served as a navigation system for walkabouts, Allard van Hoorn audiovisually explores different places by his own artistic means.
For Flux-S Arts Festival, which took place in an abandoned industrial area in Eindhoven, Allard van Hoorn asked Michiel „Kledder“ Kelders, a skateboarder of nearby AreaFiftyOne skatepark, to ride the Philips factory hall located there with his board as a way of conceiving and experiencing the space. The outlining and occupying of its architecture on rolls became manifest in traces and sounds. The noise of the moving board and the surrounding was recorded and electronically transformed in cooperation with Mexican composer Jomi Delgado. The musical interpretation evolving from this process translated the visual space into an audible topography. Allard van Hoorn refers to the French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari: After de-territorialisation, which implies appropriation and de-contextualisation, an act of re-territorialisation takes place filling the site with new meaning. Being recently awarded the first prize at BEAT Festival in Great Britain, ”001_Urban_Songline” (2009) will be presented in Munich for the first time. The video is part of an installative spatial concept developed for Esther Donatz Gallery by Allard van Hoorn. The visitor is invited to discover the exhibition space with new eyes and leave own traces.
The performance and multimedia artist not only confines himself to urban subjects but also refers to natural phenomena exploring these through the use of new media. The interactive installation ”Skies over Snaefell 32“ (2013) transfers the latest internet photos showing the sky over the glaciated volcano Snaefell into a light composition of 32 LED lamps. This mountain in Western Iceland is of mythological significance for the Norwegians; furthermore, Jule Verne’s A Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864) started from this point. Additionally, NASA astronauts were trained here for the first moon landing in 1969. Or was the event faked and filmed by Stanley Kubrick after all?
Regardless of the different layers of meaning ”Skies over Snaefell 32“ embodies a landscape of extraordinary beauty. The voyage simply being a virtual one and the images being mediated through the internet enhances the tension of this work that oscillates between truth, myth and cyber reality. “Skies over Snaefell” was presented with 1792 LED lamps in a larger format at the de Appel arts center, Amsterdam, in 2012/2013.
Allard van Hoorn (*1968 in Leiden, lives and works in London) is founder of the „Platform for Urban Investigation“ and constantly seeks the dialogue with architects, designers, musicians and other artists. Performances and other works by Allard van Hoorn have been shown in renowned institutions, e.g. at Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Salvador de Bahia/Brazil and Storefront for Art & Architecture, New York. After a first solo show at E324 | Raum für Kunst, Munich, Esther Donatz now dedicates a second exhibition to the artist.
Allard van Hoorn will be present during the opening reception.
Phone: +49 89 70 07 62 00