With texts by Chantal Faust
Curated by Augustine Carr and Paula Zambrano
13 April – 25 May 2018
The Koppel Project Hive
Private View: 12th April 2018, 6-8pm
“I think I scan, I think I scan, I think I scan. And I touch, in order to see. Scanning is a visual movement, a sweeping glance, a skim, an analysis, and a conversion. To scan is to look quickly, and also to look carefully. In the digital realm, scanning demands proximity, it is intimate in this way. The seeing eye of the machine is a reader of surfaces, recording traces of a perceptual and tactile encounter. In the land of the flatbed, touch, vision, and memory become inseparable. In this sense, the seeing organ is more akin to a tongue than an eye, a close-up form of perception and ingestion, licking blindly in the dark.” – Chantal Faust 2018
The Koppel Project is pleased to present Natur Blick, curated by Augustine Carr and Paula Zambrano, which brings together the work of ten contemporary artists who investigate the concept of ‘scanning’. The works included vary from photography to installation, video to performance, and sculpture as well as accompanying texts by Chantal Faust and Daniel C. Blight.
The exhibition invites us to engage with the complexities of scanning understood as a creative method, a way of representation, a mode of research, and as an encounter with contemporary art. The various facets of this artistic technique, and route to portraying the world, involve aspects of searching and looking, identifying and detecting, recognising and knowing. Scanning starts with the process of a determined intention, but it unfolds with intuition and perception. In scanning, blindness and awareness occur in synchronicity so that we can appropriate the world we know on our exterior and also grasp content beyond our consciousness.
Natur Blick, which roughly translates to the ‘nature of looking’ is derived from Goethe’s quote, “Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.” It explores various interpretations of a ‘scan’. Furthermore, it invites us to first consider scanning as a way to absorb what we see around us, and then to dwell on the thoughts and perceptions that capture us, on the ideas and feelings that, inversely, scan us. Natur Blick therefore takes place in both the physical and experiential worlds.
Alongside this exhibition, The Koppel Project Hive will host two performances by the LUNATRAKTORS featuring Carli Jefferson & Clair Le Couteur. With a combination of percussion and vocals, the LUNATRAKTORS explore how the word ‘scan’ can be used to describe the rhythm or structure of verse, by tapping the foot.
‘Scanning Set’ (2018), a special performance with voice and percussion by LUNATRAKTORS, featuring Carli Jefferson and Clair Le Couteur.
” ‘Scan’ first comes into English to describe analysing the rhythm or structure of verse by tapping the foot. Performance research duo LUNATRAKTORS work with an intuitive, collaborative form of scansion, re-awakening lost songs from the folk archive into embodiment. Working with harmonic singing and body percussion, voice and rhythm are used to scan the gallery space, picking out resonant frequencies and ringing tones. This singing practice is combined with LUNATRAKTORS’ wider project of self-transformation through scanning the archive of folk song for moments that resonate with their theoretical, personal and political concerns, scanning the written verse to ‘hear’ the music in it, and re-archiving that material into the body by ear and by heart. ” – LUNATRAKTORS (2018)
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