THU 10.12. 6.30 p.m.
David Claerbout in conversation with Chus Martínez, Leiterin des Instituts Kunst an der Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, FHNW, Basel (in English)
Time, one can imagine the artist David Claerbout (*1969) saying, is a state of mind. An artist who has spent decades illustrating the duration of images, he has become best known for his eye-and-mind-bending film projections and installations. These basically stretch and compress time like a rubber band. The result of highly deliberative investigations that begin with the history of images — his work includes drawing, painting, photography, film and computer-generated imagery (CGI) — Claerbout’s pictures seek to unlock a secret inside simple human perception: the unstable nature of time. (Christian Viveros-Fauné.)
With Oil workers (from the Shell company of Nigeria) returning home from work, caught in torrential rain (2013) in the exhibition FUTURE PRESENT the starting point is a found image that the artist reconstructs using photographic and computer technology to create a new whole. Seeming to suspend all particularities and boundaries of the medium, Claerbout generates spaces in which paradoxical constellations quite self-evidently appear to be reconciled.
The artist’s talk is included in the price of admission.