Memory Leaks: Aiurart NAG Introspect

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    Artists: Nicolae Comănescu, Dumitru Gorzo, Gili Mocanu, Anca Mureșan, Lea Rasovszky, Patricia Teodorescu, Roman Tolici, Ecaterina Vrana & Raluca Băjenaru.

    Pre/text. This is not a curatorial text. Rather, it is an exploratory pretext that covers – or scrutinizes – journeys, connections and intersections between multiple theme-layers around the flux of image and memory activated by the contemporary art exhibitions and art works seen throughout time. An active-interactive memory, a spontaneous and discontinuous manner of recording, with juxtapositions, a Warburgian mnemosyne of recent history. The facets of this mnemo-cube can reflect different roles of the addiction to the intensive consumption of contemporary art and the experience of the exhibition as play and interaction for individuation, self/knowledge and self/acknowledgement.

    As a counterpoint, the exhibition from Aiurart Space Memory Leaks: NAG Introspect communes with the NAG Retrospect: Memory Leaks exhibition from Aiurart alter-space, from Sala Bolților (the Vaults Hall) within ARCUB, in October 2016. For this exhibiting project there didn’t exist a certain starting point, it is a continuation of the Aiurart study/exhibition in the Aiurart alter-space from Timișoara, from October 2015, Inner object in outer spaces/ Inner spaces in outer objects, which regarded role-plays in recent art: the immersive exhibition space, the mise en scene of artistic and curatorial discourses, the spatial narrative and the narrative of re/spatialization, immaterial collections of exhibitions, respectively , the relation between artwork /  hostcomewitness exhibition space / visitor. The current study proposes a transversal extrapolation of the topic of research specific for Aiurart from the conventional architecture and the monolithic white-cube, to the architecture of the mental space of this multidirectional mnemo-cube of the images flux activated through the art consumption in exhibitions, assisted by the exploration of certain subjective histories of #NAG exhibitions, on the occasion of the anniversary of the first decade of NAG (White Night of Galleries).

    For ten years, the White Night of Galleries manifests as an alternative network of connection and immersion of the opened exhibitions, amplifying the discourse and dialogue with Romanian contemporary art. The exposition within a nocturnal, neutral limbo offers a series of uncorrelated, spontaneous visual experiences which gain meaning and coherence through the subjective interaction of the visitor. The White Night of Galleries was a space-time frame for the opened exhibitions, which otherwise wouldn’t have been opened within that time span, at night, rather they wouldn’t have been opened for their visitors, or wouldn’t even have existed. Like an “immersive hosting-space”. Due to this overlaps with the research theme of Aiurart we lingered as witnesses…

    Our questions were formulated in a contiguous manner to the research for this subjective retrospective. For a year, there followed a long series of dialogues/conversations with artists, theoreticians, curators, other organizers of exhibitions, some of them real, others imaginary, effected here in quotations that are unmarked, translated, adapted, summarized, re-contextualized, continued.

    What potential could be found in a memorable artwork or exhibition of contemporary art for us (as viewers), for our mental discourse? In a discourse, in arguing certain ideas, we often quote from (the texts/ books/ aphorisms/ speeches/ works of several) thinkers, writers, philosophers, historians, personalities, we sometimes resort to movies. But when exactly and what exactly happens, what would it be about and what would it “look” like to have a discourse in which to “quote”, to “summon” a memorable, anthological artwork, when/where does such an artwork become a reference, a hypothesis, a theorem, an axiom?

    A pursuit in this thematic layer of the project is given for the prospection and disclosure of the heuristic character of contemporary art. To what extend could it exceed the mere space of esthetic pleasure, of social, genteel circumstance, or of the strictly technical and material assembly? The project would investigate the way in which contemporary art, its experience itself, contributes to the articulation of the interior language and of the individually mental flux and serves our need for challenge, turning into a memorable cognitive and emotional experience; it would try to reveal the way in which contemporary art renders a personal, visual and psychological substance to the actual subjectivity of each of us.

    The cognitive and emotional experience of new art creates instances which are ever-more expanded and redeeming: the ability to free ourselves from (and to re-asses) habits of our daily life or practical needs; a way to discover a world of wonders, surprises, physicality, sensations, emotions; a “thinking” through multiple types of orders, methods, materials, spatializations, temporalities, irrespective of the inability to have a normal train of thought…

    Of course, through the “citation”, through the appeal to memorable, even anthological, contemporary art works and exhibitions, I’m not talking about a “visual reference”. This “citation” is for me a triple metaphor: a metaphor for the memory-archiving-recalling of memorable contemporary art works and exhibitions, a metaphor for the contribution of the memorable works and exhibitions of recent art to the formation and accomplishment of a certain cognitive and emotional flux metaphorized through discourses, respectively a metaphor for a means of self/knowledge, self/comprehension and self/explaining.

    Choosing – mentally collecting – these artworks which still represent strong memories, re/imagining each of them as “displayed”/”archived” in an imaginary (personal and exhibiting) space, what would this mental space look like? And what if we metaphorized it in a physical space of personal or public-exhibiting use?

    In this layer, the theme of the exhibition would range from the attribute of art to make worlds visible, covering the contribution of the deconstructive-fertile-mind-blowing sensation-feeling – from the elements of architecture of a mental, intimate space, to their metaphorization into elements of architecture of the social experience of art (the architecture as an archive of the social use of the form and as socialization of the spatial problems vs. an architecture as visualization/creation of a mental space of introspection, archiving, then recalling, relapse of the personal experience of new art, from the flux for a discourse) – and up to the interrogation of the utopia of the artistic restructuring of the daily mental (cognitive and emotional) discourse/flux, as a process of testing limits.

    We propose you to view in this way the multiple visual layers from interdisciplinary projects, for instance a performative video installation, a dance-performance in an immersive and memorable space/audio-video medium of interactive projections (the projection as a universe): the relation between each visual layer with the others, the shift between one another, could offer a frame where we could discuss this seesaw between interior and exterior, between mental spaces and architecture and real physical spaces (of visiting, perceiving and recalling art in this case), between intimate spaces and social spaces (idem), between the discourse of the artwork and the mental and emotional flux of the viewer. The art that speaks about itself, about its nature and functions. The art and the exhibition as a spectacle. A perspective spanning from the intimate, mental space to the ba space, the shared space/context, of knowledge creation through art, as social experience.

     

    Memory Leaks is a concept of Aiurart in partnership with Unrest/Bucharest and with Ephemair Association (for NAG Retrospect: Memory Leaks exhibition at ARCUB) and MARe – The Museum of Recent Art (for Memory Leaks: Aiurart NAG Introspect exhibition), with a benchmark in the exploration of some subjective histories in exhibitions #NAG and inspired by dialogues with artists, curators and architects that collaborate with Aiurart, #… Justin Baroncea, Mihaela Kavdanska, Erwin Kessler, Olivia Nițiș, Adriana Oprea, Silviu Pădurariu and Patricia Teodorescu. White Night of the Galleries / NAG, now at its tenth edition, is a project initiated and organized by Ephemair Association, founding director: Suzana Dan. Text written with the contribution of Silviu Pădurariu, translated by Ioana Șerban. Special thanks to Mihail Coșulețu, Mihaela Kavdanska & Dilmana Yordanova, Anca Mureșan, Lea Rasovszky and Patricia Teodorescu for their new works created and texts written for this exhibitions.

     

    From 30th September at Aiurart Contemporary Art Space | Lirei Street 21, Bucharest | Monday to Friday 14.00 – 18.00. The White Night of Galleries, 30th September, 7 PM – 4 AM.

     

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    More exhibition views from Memory Leaks: Aiurart NAG Introspect: Here

    Exhibition views from NAG Retrospect: Memory Leaks from Aiurart alter-space, at Sala Bolților (the Vaults Hall) within ARCUB, in October 2016: aici

    Exhibition views from Inner object in outer spaces / Inner spaces in outer objects in the Aiurart alter-space at Timișoara, in October 2015: aici


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