The dice was cast

Künstler: Aron Kitzig & Tatiana Echeverri Fernadez

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The three subjects of these three moving image works are a door, a machine and gold. Representing ideas of passage, transformation and exchange, what is striking about all of the works is the lack of adherence to linear time. Actions move backwards as well as forwards. The goal-orientated aims of technology are supplanted by a questioning of the belief of progress per se.

Sofia Hultén’s ‘Back to Back’ has some of the logic of an instructional DIY video. She works on an old household door with a sense of purpose and precision and we would assume this is a job of restoration. Except her interventions do not abide by familiar notions of improvement. On one side of the door the surface is removed and history has been erased. On the other side the existing marks, scratches, layers of paint have been reapplied on top of the existing surface repeating its history.

In Heike Baranowsky’s “ death/breath tomb/womb evil/live”, a generic-looking motor is seen being assembled on one monitor and disassembled on another. It is only at the point at which both films are momentarily in sync that we realise they are same film, one running in reverse. From this point onwards time seems to both collapse and expand as we watch the future and the past compete for attention.

“The die was cast” by Aron Kitzig and Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez similarly holds up the normal progress of things. A round crucible containing gold is heated and kept in its liquid state, its potential to take on a shape and fulfil its potential for symbolic value is kept in abeyance.

A commissioned text by Mathias Mrowka has been published in which the methodology of tuning strings is described.

Sofia Hultén (b. 1972, Sweden) studied at Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield. She lives and works in Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include Back to Back at Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin (2009) and Drawn Onward at Ikon Gallery Offsite, Birmingham (2009). She is represented by Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin.

Heike Baranowsky (b. 1966, Augsburg) studied at Hochschule der Kunst and the Royal College of Art, London. She lives and works in Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include Probe, Kunstfenster im BDI, Berlin, (2009) and T Square, Galerie Barbara Weiss (2006), Berlin. She is represented by Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin.

Aron Kitzig (b. 1979, Berlin) lives and works in Berlin and works on a wide range of art, music, graphics, film and theatre projects.

Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez (b. 1974, Costa Rica) studied at the Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Art and the Royal College of Art, London. She lives and works in Berlin. She currently has a solo show as part of the ‘Cabinets’ series at SE8. Recent solo exhibitions include MCA 04 – New Plane at Malta Contemporary Art, Malta (2009) and Werkstatt des Albhabets at Carl Freedman Gallery, London (2008). She is represented by Carl Freedman Gallery, London.

Sofia Hultén
Heike Baranowsky
Aron Kitzig
Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez