Patricia Morosan will introduce her new work, the artist book M/other (2023), which is presented in the current exhibition Ways of Unseeing at Lunds konsthall. The talk is followed by a screening of Harun Farockis seminal film Images of the World and Inscription of War (1989, 75 min, English).
14–14.45 Artist talk/book presentation
14.45–15.15 Paus (sandwiches and coffee for sale)
15.15–16.45 Introduction to, and screening of, Images of the World and Inscription of War
Patricia Morosan is an artist born in Romania who lives and works in Berlin and Athens. She’s working with photography, text and sound. In her practice she approaches the duality of intimacy and identity. Her work is often collaborative and participatory and concerned with ideas and methods based on emotional geography, wanderings and ceremonials. In the exhibition Ways of Unseeing Morosan is presenting two works: the artist book M/other (2023) and the photographic installation Re/turn (2016–).
M/OTHER (2023) is an artist book which gathers on 236 pages electrical signals from the mother’s heart. What is shown in the artist book is a 19-minute extract of a 24 hours EKG recording. The medical device counts time and writes it down using a time frame of 10-seconds per page. Every sheet becomes a time-telescope, depicting the work of the heart's valves. A pronunciation of time: heartbeat by heartbeat. The medical language appears here as a score onto which the artist wrote a multilingual poem that manifests itself as a spell.
Harun Farocki (1944–2014) produced more than a hundred films for TV and cinema before his death in 2014. Besides this, he served as editor for the influential journal Filmkritikk and taught at the universities of Berkeley and Vienna. He enrolled at the German Film and TV academy, but was thrown out of the school in 1966 as a consequence of his political activism.
Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges (Images of the World and the Inscription of War, 1989), is a study of the status of the photographic image in Western modernity. In this work, Farocki demonstrates that opportunistic tendencies have always surrounded this perceived ability of the medium to render absolute truths. This essay film brings together visual materials from a variety of sources: Lufthansa’s flight simulators, scenes from a croquis session, archive materials related to the development of photogrammetry, machines used to make architectural plans and surveillance photographs taken by French intelligence agencies in Algeria in the 1960s. In the film, Farocki delves into the depths of the human race’s obsession with the use of visual means to depict our surroundings, and asks what it is that actually happens when images and reality are mistakenly assumed to be one and the same.
The talk and screening is supported by IASPIS/konstnärsnämnden. Patricia Morosan is currently an IASPIS residency grant holder in Malmö.
The evening will be moderated by curator, writer and artist Hans Carlsson, who is the curator of Ways of Unseeing.
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Image: Harun Farocki, Still from Images of the World and the Inscription of War © Harun Farocki / Patricia Morosan, electrocardiograms from mother’s heart, used in the works Re/turn and M/other.