Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven
EZFK: Europäisches Zentrum für Futuristische Kunst
Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland
29 January – 26 March 2005
The exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bern will assemble a variety of works, including drawings, light boxes and a series of HeadNurse installations consisting of a wooden supporting structure onto which at least three perforated metal sheets are fixed. On these sheets the artist places images and computer prints with a magnetic coating on the back. Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven will install two specially commissioned works for the Kunsthalle: The Populace (2005), an installation in the entrance hall with stills from a recent animation movie, reflects on the way fungi grow and Against Meaning (2005), a slide show with ‘sleaze’ imagery in black and white will be installed in the stairs.
This show will also include two of Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven’s major recent works: Deeper (2004), a circling filmic projection that follows the movements of a dancer, acquires a heightened poignancy considering the ‘Totentanz’ tradition in Bern; and Rorty, The HeadRoom (2004), an ambitious installation creating and organising an image in several layers, projected by two interlinked data-projectors in a half-darkened room. The spectator walks through a network of sensors and activates particular hyperlinks: animations, texts, and a variety of ‘philosophical’ rooms inhabited by several people/friends who play the part of philosophers. The complexity of the installation grows with every new encounter with a spectator who inspires the response, logic and interactivity of the HeadRoom; in this way the installation imitates the neurological structure of the brain.
Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven is fascinated by the radical combination of man and technology in an increased intensity. Her work reflects our desire to find the veiled meaning behind the newly-formed virtual archetypes. At the same time it incorporates the fear aroused by the question of whether man can cope with the transition in which machines are used to generate a new chance for modernism. Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven professes futurism out of necessity, realising that we have changed our surroundings so drastically that we are now changing ourselves in order to be able to exist in this new environment.
The exhibition is accompanied by a major publication, Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven: The Headnurse Files, co-produced by objectif_exhibitions (Antwerp), NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein and Kunsthalle Bern, with texts by Filip Luyckx, Corinne Melin, Dorothea Olkowski, Philippe Pirotte, Renate Puvogel, Susanne Titz, Ronald van de Sompel, Wim van Mulders and Patrick van Rossem (ed.).
Further information: kunsthalle-bern.ch