[-empyre-] Artwork #4: Johann Arens - Moulding Exclusivities

Daniel Lichtman danielp73 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 1 04:44:03 AEST 2018

 -plastic sculptures of prosthetics, fragments of bodies in slick,
corporate office environment
-closeups of sculptures—camera/camera person fetishizing these objects.
sensuous objects, but more importantly (for me)—sensuous camera movement
about the objects
-body sculptures links by contrast and similarity to sculpted and
flat-veneer surfaces of office furniture
-drawing on window with hand—transforms whole scene into virtual surface.
who’s hand? camera person’s hand?
-handmade sculptures vs industrially made office furniture
-only ‘actual’ bodies are walking in the background
-Who is speaking this piece?—the movement of the camera. We follow camera’s
tracking of objects. Camera moves sensuously, deliberately, with control
and calculation. Camera movement seems to be the ‘most human’—contingent,
controlled but unpredictable, intensional but inexplicable

On Thu, Jul 5, 2018 at 10:52 PM Daniel Lichtman <danielp73 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Another artwork that explores touch.
> Johann Arens
> Moulding Exclusivities
> Video link: https://vimeo.com/223404129
> Password: Empyre
> Johann Arens (b. 1981, Aachen, Germany) uses installation and video to
survey the documentary properties of public interiors and their inherent
social textures. By deliberately placing artworks atypically he redirects
attention to places in the peripheral vision. His sculptures are found
embedded in standardised work environments, educational frameworks,
community centres, neighbourhood businesses and digital inclusion
charities. These site-related interventions are enquiries into the multiple
ways novel technologies device our communal life and shape civil behaviour.
> Recent exhibitions have included ‘Ecologies’ Bold Tendencies , London, UK
(2018); ‘Findings on Palpation’ P/////AKT, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2018);
‘digital_self’, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2017); ‘These
Rotten Words’, Chapter Art Centre, Cardiff, Wales (2017) ‘Preis für Junge
Kunst’ NAK, Aachen, Germany (2016) ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet’,
Beursschrouwburg, Brussels, Belgium (2016). Public commissions have
included Motion Tracks, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK (2016); Platform 2016,
Deptford X, London, UK (2016); and 100 Arches, Arnolfini and Art and the
Public Realm Bristol, UK (2014). Johann recently completed residencies at
SPACE, London (2017), Asia Culture Centre, Gwangju, South Korea (2016) and
at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (2014/15).

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