OFF-SITE PROJECT, 57TH VENICE BIENNALE
July 8 — 25, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 8, 6 — 9pm
Closing reception & performance: Saturday July 22, 6 — 8pm
Meaner Pencil — cello & voice
Claire Zakiewicz — live painting
«Find in yourself those human things which are universal.»
— Sanford Meisner
Out of the Mothership is an exhibition that presents British born artist Claire Zakiewicz’s ongoing research into the physical and metaphorical relationships between sound and drawing. This research has been a scientific and philosophical practice based enquiry – thinking through making.
Zakiewicz is interested in the way we begin to perceive form and shapes when our comprehension is limited by a set of prescribed visual semiotics. She asks how “performing drawing,” affects the body and the intimacy of exchange.
For this series, the artist collaborated with musician and Astrophysicist Gavin Starks who composed a hand written letter for the artist at the beginning of 2017. The letter, intimate yet philosophical in nature, discussed Starks ongoing research into combining sound and cosmology, as a new cutural language.
Starks' interest in modes of perception and networked thinking alongside Zakiewicz‘s enquiry into the phenomenology of drawing is the focus. Starks says: “For me, music, like mathematics, is a non-verbal language. It is experiential". He asks whether our current concerns in astrophysics — for dimensionality, curvature, gravitation, symmetry, spin and manifold mirror those in the arts — leading him to questions such as: «is there a musical equivalent to the CURVATURE of space-time?»
“We can draw parallels between the macro-languages of music and Art over the centuries,” Zakiewicz writes. “And the evolution of our understanding of the universe. Each line drawn with attention to the body and to the drawing itself and our interactions outside of ourselves whether verbal or experiential, moment-to-moment. Our physicality is our cosmic, mechanical home and from Gaston Bachelard: “The two kinds of space, intimate space and exterior space, keep encouraging each other, as it were, in their growth".
This is Zakiewicz’s first solo exhibition in Venice, Italy during La Biennale di Venzia. Her previous collaborations and performances include ‘Tweet Me Up’ curated by Tracey Moberly at Tate Tanks (UK) 'Label' curated by Tracey Moberly at Tate Modern (UK), Musical performances and discussions with her ensemble Fig. on the Late, Late Breakfast show with Tracey Moberly on Resonance FM (UK), various performance works with composer Alwynne Pritchard and sound designer Thorolf Thuestad in venues such as USF (Norway), Landmark (Norway), The Courthouse in Bergen (Norway), The Foundry (UK), and collaborative work with dancers and choreographers at Bill Young’s Dance Studio (NYC).
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