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

Lee Tusman leetusman at gmail.com
Fri Jul 6 13:33:50 AEST 2018

fragmentary notes on Johann Arens' Moulding Exclusivities:

what i am seeing/hearing/feeling:
- who is the camera? am i the camera? who is the user?
- whose disembodied arm is this?
- camera view on an arm - intimate seeing. intimate machine vision.
- am I stuck in a loop?
- how did I get here?
- ok I'm in a startup/ ad agency/something
- symbols on the wall as corporate hieroglyphics
- how did I get here?
- am I stuck in a loop?
- goopy sculptures outside of an installation situation.
- horror soundtrack? plodding white noise intensity and disembodied scanner
voices. what will happen to me?
- occasional (workers?) in the background, mid action. do they not see? can
they not hear? DANGER!

On Thu, Jul 5, 2018 at 7:52 PM, Daniel Lichtman <danielp73 at gmail.com> wrote:

> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
> 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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