Von Evelyn Vogel
As part of Munich Faust Festival 2018, the exhibtion “Die Kunst ist lang – und kurz ist unser Leben” was opened at Hearthouse. It was presented by the artistic initiative Max33 und UNPAINTED. UNPAINTED goes on stage with the works of two female digital artists: Barbara Herold and Birthe Blauth. The visitors were received with a performance resembling a street protest in front of Hearthouse. Below please see some visual impressions.
Between the contrasts of daily dualisms, human perception abides. „Polar Circles“ presents a video contemplation of time, perception and contrast. A triptych of three suspended lenticular circles invites a sacral contemplation of the embedded cycles of human perception. Time and length are juxtaposed with tempo and light. The sharp lenticular design signifying the dual contrasts, the black and white of daily human perception, creates a visual, visceral tension, whereas the sacral setting and contrasting visual tempo evokes yet another tension, in which the viewer is torn between the polar opposites of the temporal cycles presented.
Enticing opposites and paradox composites are the mirror hall of life. As the viewer explores the installation setting, the polar antagonisms become one, a circle. Each circle serves as a lens, focusing on the three main complementary aspects of existence:
Pure color – the light which by means of a fundamental manipulation is the medium of all possible perception.
Pure time – the celestial cycles of revolving time, neither linear nor repetative.
Pure contrast – the dualisms that shape human cognition within the realms of perception and time.