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TESTIMONY TO THE UNSEEN

Single Channel Film / Performance 

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Single Channel Film / Performance 

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Single Channel Film / Performance 

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Single Channel Film / Performance 

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“In the end not only is space seen as linguistic but language is seen as spatial”

 

‘Thinking Space’ Mike Crang and Nigel Thrift

DIS(PLACES)

Dis(Places) is both the title of an exhibition and body of work that attempts to explore possible intersections between the temporal, semiotic and optical properties of space.

Exhibited in Galeria Foco, Lisbon (2018) the exhibition showcased the work of Divine Southgate-Smith and Clara Imbert. The artists presented a dynamic investigation into the possible intersections that exist between language (literal form/implicated content) and space (temporal/abstract). By creating an environment that permits a sensorial exploration, the audience is invited to challenge their perception of 2D and 3D spaces. As a result, of the displaced objects in the space a simultaneous sense of instability and order is implied, by the constant shifting between the optical, pictorial, phonetic and durational aspects of the work. What may seem at first glance to be still, is in fact in constant movement, resonating in the frame of the gallery walls.

Symmetry / asymmetry, dissonance / consonance, proximity / distance, fragment the space acting almost as symbols that surface with no defined order. The objects become a sequence, working in perceptible and imagined dimensions, perpetually at the cusp of displacement. Entering the space, one could observe fleeting gestures such as the speed of a seemingly static 2 dimensional ball, the distorting perspective of a form or shifting geometric shadows. 

The pace of an apparatus and a moving image is balanced then unbalanced, while projected lights create escapes, illusionary landscapes appear. In the progressive change of a horizon, the viewer notices slight changes in the compositions.

Navigating, the space reveals sculptural reliefs made of materials such as metal, glass and wood alongside drawings, prints and texts. Screens prompt a conversation between other indicative elements of time such as water, sand and stones. The elements are used in common or separately working as the relics of the temporal formation of a space.


At the limit of virtual and material representation, the pieces are studied, cross-examined till the point where colours become lights and lines become form, shaping a method to their understanding and in a symbiosis creating their own spatial language.