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Things that tumble twice

Roithmayr, F. (2015) Things that tumble twice. [Show/Exhibition]

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This research presented in exhibition investigates the various materials involved in artistic production through a focus on chance and contingency in the procedures of the realisation and presentation of sculpture. Contributing to the discussion of contemporary sculpture, this project offers significant new ways of presenting chance and contingency as results of formations and processes of material transformations that cannot be named, but have instead the potential to accumulate and become sculpture. This exhibited research also de-stabilises the central and autonomous role of the artist and the single and distinct artwork through implicating museum and gallery staff as active participants in the economy of artistic production, and dispersing artworks across sites and exhibitions, repositioning and extending questions of authorship, trust, care and responsibility in relation to the production and display of sculpture, and stressing the importance of sprawling, collaborative networks for current artistic work.

Item Type:Show/Exhibition
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Art > Fine Art
ID Code:78426
Uncontrolled Keywords:sculpture, chance, contingency, production, art making, exhibition making, art formation, material transformation, unnamable, autonomy, artistic production, participation
Publisher Statement:Taking place in both gallery spaces, the exhibition Things That Tumble Twice looks at the sphere of duality. It recalls ideas of juxtaposition, complementarity and interrelated parts (i.e. matter and its absence, light and darkness, signifier and significant, thesis and antithesis, animate and inanimate objects, 0 s and 1s, yin and yang). On the other hand, and at the same time, the exhibition in its entirety is informed by the principle of multiplicity as becoming and unity— as something that cannot be described as the sum of its parts or qualities but simply as an irreducible whole (i.e. complex systems, hermeneutic circle, organicism, life, a cloud). The works in the exhibition change, mutate, perish; they look for each other over space and time, subtly, inhabiting and influencing the perception of the gallery ambients. In other words, the pieces in Things That Tumble Twice articulate the possibilities between a hypothesis of infinite divisibility— or the absence of a continuum, and a concept of substance which is intended instead as multiplicity, and where essence is replaced by event. In this context, will meaning be created through reduction to minimal terms, sets and oppositions, or does it instead consist in the process of interconnectivity, the tension between more parts of an entity? The works float in and out from all these different statuses, yet intertwining fields, becoming ‘something that shows itself to the senses and something other than itself to the mind'*.

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