Nearness (Nähe) is an evening of new works by two artist duos — plan b (Sophia New and Daniel Belasco Rogers) and Kovács/O’Doherty. plan b will present Together/Apart, a performative lecture and live video work, and Kovács/O’Doherty will present 1–100, a process-based spatialised sound work. The event is presented as part of Place Rhythm. Pulse, the ausland series focusing on performance, sound, and presence, organised and curated by Gretchen Blegen.
The works of both artist duos presented at this event share a common concern with the thematic core of nearness. Both works consider the possibilities of proximity and commonality — of matching without lining up, of the difference between the identical and the adjacent.
Our new installation Knotting Time is coming together for the group show Networking the Unseen at Villa Merkel curated by Gretta Louw. If you are near Esslingen, do pop by on the 17th December between 11:00–15:00 where we will be in the gallery showing how to knot our data carpets. Related to the carpets we are also displaying pen plots of the time spent inside and outside over the years 2016 and 2015 and a video about the process of making the carpets with others.
The exhibition officially opens on 20th December and runs till 4th March.
Thanks to Mona Kuschel, we met Eva Koziol last week of Janus and Arachne here in Berlin to find out about jacquard loom weaving, leaving with a lot more knowledge about the process and some wonderful samples of her work like this portrait above. We are planning to encode our GPS data in fabric for a forthcoming exhibition curated by Gretta Louw at the Villa Merkel in Esslingen later this year. Thanks also to our current intern from Stanford University, Robin Sydney Willscheidt for accompanying us and taking some pictures. We call the visualisation we are working on a ‘birch forest visualisation’ and you can find out more about it here.