SETS, STRUCTURES, RELATIONS
CARTE BLANCHE TO HELENE ROMAKIN
AUGUST 2017: WEDNESDAY + FRIDAYS at 8:30pm
Berlin / NY / Shanghai Time
Related to Marc Augé’s observation and his idea of non-places, the screening approaches modern urban cityscapes generated by modified architectural structures and their consequence on social realities.
By taking Marc Augé’s thoughts further, that places are defined by history and identity – and more abstractly by the relation of time and space – the exhibition investigates places that were de-contextualized from their usual environment.
In their works the Berlin-based artists Niklas Goldbach and Astrid Nippoldt analyze and interpret private and public architectural projects from the 20th century that until now have remained enigmatic drafts of unfulfilled utopias. In their videos both artists reflect emerging collective aesthetics that seem to be standardized, anonymized and following values such as functionality, mobility and an assumed artificial comfort.
The selected video works question the feeling of foreignness, nothingness and loneliness within the continuously expanding topographies of non-places around the world.
In their videos Goldbach and Nippoldt address architectural developments in European metropolises Berlin and Paris, private housing projects in Florida as well as recent trends in Dubai and China.
The premiere on ikonoTV of "Sets, Structures, Relations" was last June, 2016.
Image Credits: Niklas Goldbach, THE WORLD, video, 2012