Image to be projected until it vanishes

Mihnea Mircan

MUSEION (Bolzano, Italy)
28.05 – 28.08.2011


Artists in the exhibition: Robert Bosisio, Pavel Büchler, Mircea Cantor, Hilario Isola and Matteo Norzi, Kilobase Bucharest, Alexej Meschtschanow, Ciprian Muresan, Vlad Nanca, Navid Nuur, Miklos Onucsan, Serge Spitzer, Goran Trbuljak, Gabriela Vanga, Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor.

The title of the exhibition is inspired by Matthew Buckingham’s “Image of Absalon to be Projected until It Vanishes” – a slide showing an equestrian statue of the mythical founder of Copenhagen. Projected continuously for the duration of an exhibition, it is gradually altered by the heat from the projector lamp. The disappearance of the image challenges the monument’s attempt to assert meaning by withstanding the flow of time. As Buckingham notes, “One way to look at how we define the present is to consider how we edit or construct the relationship with the past – what’s important enough to be included or excluded”.

The exhibition channels these reflections – on what to keep and what to reject, on what to show and what to edit – in relation to objects that cannot be unequivocally pinned down to a certain (political) location or to a narrative of transformation – personal or collective. The works’ scope of action lies perhaps in the space between voice and echo, silence and presence, meaning and dissonance, enunciation and extinction. While this space does not make everything visible on the surface, it remains accessible to all through interpretation.

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