CÉLINE MANZ

28.11.21 - 2.1.22: Regionale 22: Pictorial Spaces at Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz / Out now: Poster Edition 'Sophie Taeuber, Arp: Bemerkungen über den Unterricht im ornamentalen Entwerfen. / Remarks on the Instruction of Ornamental Design.', STUDIO 47 PRESS

Synthèses Simulationistes

2020 - 2021

body of work

(An extended version of this research as well as more images will follow shortly)

Image: Exhibition view of 'Stitches: scènes, corps, décors', group Show curated by Collectif détente at Le Commun, Geneva. Photo by Nicolas Delaroche Studio, 2021.

The research-based body of work 'Synthèses Simulationistes' 1 explores the impact of copyright restrictions on the visibility of female artist's estates on the example of Sophie Taeuber - who's estate is in the public domain- and Sonia Delaunay-Terk - who's estate is still copyright protected. The project builds on the previous body of works 'fold;' and 'Rythme sans fin' that were dedicated to Taeuber and Delaunay-Terk respectively. It comprises case studies that investigate their oeuvre's over all visibility and ability to circulate. Based on extensive works around their archives, the project's aim is to propagate some of the lesser known aspects of the artists' estates.

Manz's interest in the representation and circulation of late artists‘ legacies was ignited by 'Rythme sans fin', a project based on the legal implications over a reproduction by Sonia Delaunay-Terk. The strict implementation of her copyrights restricts museums from displaying reproductions of her works in their online catalogues; a circumstance that results in the paradox of her occupying an ‘invisible presence’ on these databases, one, where her works are merely represented by their captions 2.

The project is presented in a 3-part installation consisting of a series of carpets, an edition and 32,7 meters of fabric guirlandes featuring a hand-stitched text.

The class transcending tradition of embroidery and tapistery in Europe is closely linked to female labour within the domestic context. The devaluation of homemade textile artifacts as 'trivial' has long been a cornerstone in keeping women as artists outside the sphere of ‚high’ art. As sociological research in the past 50 years has shown, this was fueled by a complex net of social frameworks that enabled the structual supression of women by a (white male dominated) elite, whose self interest it was to keep their wifes, sisters and daughters bound at home, preferebly engaging in time-consuming activities that required an enourmous amount of concentration and skill, such as stitching and weaving.

'Syntheses Simulationistes' takes a closer look at two artists who personalize the intersection of handicrafts and fine arts and who paved a way for women artists generations that followed: Sophie Taeuber and Sonia Delaunay-Terk. Their impact on Modernism with its ideal to intergrate art in every aspect of life also meant that art could spill over into the domestic and reciprocitely that the domestic found a way into gallery and museum spaces.

By using techniques employed by both artists in what Manz calls a 'forensic performative research', she compares the differing copyright statuses of the two artists and tests strategies to create visibility for lesser known aspects of their oeuvres that stem from archives.

Two texts that Manz found in the respective artists' archives are presented in this piece; both texts reveal valuable information on their working and thinking processes, and both include instructions. Copyrights allow the text by Taeuber to be published and circulated freely. Manz translated the text into English and published it in a dual poster edition which is available in bookshops and libraries internationally. 'Sophie Taeuber, Arp: Bemerkungen über den Unterricht im ornamentalen Entwerfen. / Remarks on the Instruction of Ornamental Design.' is a limited poster edition of Sophie Taeuber's eponimous essay which was published in 1922. The bilingual edition German / English is presented in the form of typographic ornaments that are based on Taeuber's work. Published by STUDIO 47 PRESS.

The text from a letter by Delaunay-Terk to a then famous Basel-based male sculpturor, is strictly copyright protected and cannot be published. Manz uses her extensive knowledge of legal loopholes to share the text with the public anyway. Two theoretical copyright exceptions would allow for a display of the text; 1: 'Quoting'; quotations of excerps of text are allowed as long as the quotes are not 'too long'. 2: 'Transformation'; transform the original piece so it is no longer recognizeable and it becomes its own work of art. Thus, the text is presented on 32.7 meters of handstitched text patches that are distributed over the wall in form of short quotations, arranged like strokes of paint in an abstract painting in a patchworked order that invites the viewers to create their own narrative.

The installations is completed by a series of patchworked 'simulationist' carpets made from re-used and handdyed fabrics from the artist's closet, that mathematically synthesize selected designs by Delaunay-Terk and Taeuber. While the designs that served as the carpets' basis remain recognizable, the carpets' copyright status is unclear on closer inspection; the designs include distinctive forms by Delaunay-Terk, but they are presented in grids taken from Taeuber, and whereas the colour patterns synthasize both artist's usage of shades and constrasts. Once the line of which where the one begins and the other ends is blurred, the legal categories of 'public domain' and 'copyright protected' are subverted in favour of the question of 'who owns the artwork'.

'Synthèses Simulationoistes' was made possible with the support of Pro Helvetia.


    1. According to Johnson Okpaluba in 'Appropriative practices and copyright' there are 3 kinds of appropriation in art; Simulationism: Appropriation of a style or genre - and not an existing work - to produce a new work in that manner / Appropriation of images: virtually unaltered and without attribution of the author or copyright owner / Montage : Incorporation of existing images from multiple sources into a new, autonomous work.

    1. According to documents found in Delaunay-Terk's archive, this goes against her own wishes, as she did grant museums who own her artworks to reproduce her works in their catalogues. This permission was revoked by her estate in the course of an update in French copyright legislation in the late 1990s, where the permissions to reproduce artworks in printed catalogues does not automatically apply to online catalogues. Switzerland is currently one of the few exceptions where works by Delaunay-Terk can be viewed in museum online catalogues, as the copyright permission for printed reproductions automatically transfers to reproductions online.

S.Taeuber, Arp: Bemerkungen / Remarks

2021

Poster Edition

Out now! Limited poster edition of Sophie Taeuber's Essay 'Remarks on the Instruction of Ornamental Design' which was published in 1922. For the first time available as an individual print, the text, which was the first of only two texts published by the artist during her lifetime, offers an exciting insight into Taeuber's working and teaching methods. The bilingual edition German / English is presented in the form of typographic ornaments that are based on Taeuber's work.

Published by STUDIO 47 PRESS.

CHF 9 | EUR 8.50 | GBP 7.50.

Sophie Taeuber, Arp: Bemerkungen über den Unterricht im ornamentalen Entwerfen. / Remarks on the Instruction of Ornamental Design.' Art edition printed in pantone colors on Munken Lynx Rough paper, 2 A2 poster DE / ENG. Published by STUDIO 47 PRESS, editioral and annotations by Céline Manz, editorial assistance and translation by Stefanie Bringezu and graphic design by Jules Estèves. With the support of Pro Helvetia. Edition of 500, printed by Healeys, UK. © STUDIO 47 PRESS, 2021.

Living Abstraction • Plates

2021

Porcelain plates

Sold out.

Exclusive edition of porcelain plates in tribute of Sophie Taeuber commissioned by the Kunstmuseum Basel (Museum of Fine Arts Basel) on the occasion of the exhibition 'Sophie Taeuber-Arp; Living Abstraction'.

2 designs of 30 pieces each, signed. Dimensions: diameter approx. 20 cm, height 1.5 cm. Material: Limoges porcelain, decal foil. Care: dishwasher safe. However, it is recommended to wash the plates by hand.

This edition was part of the body of work ‚fold;‘ which is dedicated to the artist Sophie Taeuber. The motifs of these porcelain plates were inspired by works that Taeuber realized in the run-up to the Constructivist exhibition in Basel in 1937.

The porcelain plates were hand made with great care. Local suppliers were used to support regional workshops during the pandemic. The plates were turned by hand, glazed and fired by Sandra Häuptli Keramik, Basel, the decal foils printed by Lehmhuus, Aesch. The Basel artist Céline Manz designed, prepared and applied the decal foils one by one to the plates. Every plate was fired 3 times in the oven until it was completed. This gradual manufacturing process can lead to slight variations between the pieces.

Each porcelain plate was a unique homage to Taeuber‘s interdisciplinary work, which oscillates between applied art and fine art.

© Céline Manz 2020 / 2021

fold;

2017 - 2021

body of work

'fold;' is a multi-media installation based on a long time research that investigates the notions of copyrights, cultural heritage and issues of gender in art. As a follow-up on the project 'Rythme sans fin', it is centered around the effects of intellectual property on artist legacies after their deaths, when they are no longer in control of what happens to their work.

Building on Walter Benjamin’s idea of the reactivation of artworks, Manz aims to quote cultural artifacts and their makers back into existence through means of visibility. The project consists of several elements; case studies based on the example of Sophie Taeuber-Arp, a multidisciplinary Swiss Avant-Garde artist who, for the 70 years following her death (id est until her copyrights expired), was exceptionally difficult to research.

The work revolves around archival material - letters Taeuber wrote to her husband - and extracts of her oeuvre. These two elements are presented in an installation that juxtaposes various media ranging from text, performance, fabrics and sound. Manz is notably interested in examining the nuances between ‚being inspired by‘, copying and re-anacting, and which of these methods is the most effective for re-activating Sophie Taeuber‘s voice in a contemporary context.

The title ‚fold;’ refers to the folds in the letters and the folds created by draping fabrics. It is also a concept; as a verb, fold; refers to Manz’s practice of superposing and layering elements with the aim to create a new image.

Image: © Céline Manz 2019.

'fold;' was made possible through the support of the Kunstkredit Basel-Stadt and the Patronagefonds for young Swiss Artists.

fold; Aubette 63

2019 - 2020

neon installation

Exhibition views of 'fold; Aubette 63' - the first of two new works in honour of Sophie Taeuber's interior design work for L'Aubette 1928 - as part of the solo show '9 espaces distincts' at the Kunsthaus Langenthal. The work is based on Taeuber's drawing 'Aubette 63' - the first version of the interior design of the 'Foyer-Bar' at the Aubette, which was rejected by Theo van Doesburg because it was 'too colourful'. The window is inspired by Taeuber's stained glass design, which was co-designed by Hans Arp, but that is incorrectly attributed to Theo van Doesburg and Hans Arp.

Image: courtesy Kunsthaus Langenthal, photos by CE and Kasia Malec, l'Aubette 1928 and Musées de la Ville de Strasbourg, M. Bertola.

'9 espaces distincts' was made possible through the support of the Kunstkredit Basel-Stadt and the Patronagefonds for young Swiss Artists.

fold; Simulationisms

2017 - 2019

Installation

Mixed media installation with fabrics (Jacquard weaving, embroidery, sewing, and prints on semitransparent silk), lights and audio.

This series tests various forms of 'Simulationisms'; the appropriation of a style or genre – and not of an existing work – in order to produce a new work in the same manner. Based on the oeuvre by Sophie Taeuber as an applied research into the nuances between art fraud and repetition.

Images: 01 Exhibition view of 'Regionale 21' at Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz (CH), photo courtesy Kunsthaus Baselland, © Gina Folly 2020.
02-05 Exhibition views from the solo show '9 espaces distincts' at Kunsthaus Langenthal. Courtesy: Kunsthaus Langenthal, photos: CE and Kasia Malec, 2020.

fold; Simulationisms - Limited Edition

2018 - 2019

Multiple

'fold; Simulationisms' is dedicated to circulate Sophie Taeuber's legacy in a contemporary context inside and outside of Switzerland; as an art installation within art institutions and as a 'travelling limited edition' also outside of art institutions in various venues all over Europe, such as Tiffany & Co.'s (Coventgarden, London). The organza silk flags are inspired by Sophie Taeuber's applied art and fine art oeuvres. The series is conceived as an intermediate between affordable art flags and sensuous scarfs. 9 different designs, 100 % silk, handwash only, edition of 10 + 2 AC, signed and numbered. Manufactured and printed in the UK by Think Positive Prints. 2017-2019. Published by STUDIO 47 PRESS.

On the occasion of Art Basel 2019, a selection of these designs was available at Ooid Store Basel.

CHF 500 / piece

Images: Courtesy © Ooid Store Basel, © Tiffany & Co's Coventgarden, London, © STUDIO 47 PRESS.

fold; Tea Towels

2019 - 2020

Limited Edition

Exhibition views of 'fold; Tea Towels' - the second of two new works in honour of Sophie Taeuber's interior design work for l'Aubette 1928 - as part of the solo show '9 espaces distincts' at the Kunsthaus Langenthal.

The limited edition of handmade tea towels was made in collaboration with the Kunsthaus Langenthal. It is based on one of the frescos of Taeuber's '5 o'clock Tea Room' at the Aubette. For the exhibition at the Kunsthaus Langenthal, the tea towels are presented in an installation that partially recreates the distribution of the frescos. The tea towels are available for sale at the Kunsthaus Langenthal.

Images: 01 - 05 exhibition views '9 espaces distincts' at Kunsthaus Langenthal, courtesy Kunsthaus Langenthal, photos by CE. 06 - 10 varying views of one tea towel © Céline Manz.

'9 espaces distincts' was made possible through the support of the Kunstkredit Basel-Stadt and the Patronagefonds for young Swiss Artists.

fold; The Letters

2017 - 2019

Multiple

Web version of full publication

Multiple. Risography on various Munken papers, threads, ribbon, stitched cardboard box. 220x175x60 mm. Edition of 12 + 2 AC, signed and numbered. Published by STUDIO 47 PRESS.

Images: courtesy Céline Manz except 7 - 10: exhibition views of the solo show '9 espaces distincts' at Kunsthaus Langenthal, courtesy Kunsthaus Langenthal, photos by CE, 2020.

fold; DaDa Letters

2019 - 2020

Performance

'fold; DaDa Letters' is a performative lecture by Laura Lienhard using the work 'fold; The Letters' as a script for a dadaist reading of Sophie Teauber's love letters to Hans Arp.

Save the date: On 14.3.2020 Laura Lienhard will perfom 'fold; DaDa Letters' at the Kunsthaus Langenthal

fold; Cape

2019 - 2020

Embroidery

Exhibition view of 'fold; Cape' as part of the group show 'DURST' curated by Alice Wilke at Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna 2020.

"The exhibition explores various forms of vampirism as a metaphor of the interpersonal and ecological parasite. Immortality, seduction, violence – the combination of these attributes associated with the figure of the vampire has laid the ground for popular sex & crime stories for centuries. The myth of the blood-sucking creature is firmly anchored in society’s collective desires, fears, and drives. As is well known, Irishman Bram Stoker was not the first writer to focus on the figure of the vampire more closely – his famous novel "Dracula" (1897) was highly influenced by the work of his compatriot Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and his female vampire "Carmilla" (1872). But it was Stoker’s Dracula character who became the quintessential vampire. His tale is not only a classic of Gothic literature; it has also been interpreted as a metaphor for the hypocrisy and prudery of the Victorian era. With his Count, he created the perfect anti-hero: superhumanly strong, supernatural, uninhibited. Ever since, the vampire myth has adapted to societal contexts and conditions, along with a changing external appearance (from "Nosferatu" to "Twilight"). Secrets, power, sex, fetish, and anarchy are the political as well as aesthetic dimensions of the figure. The exhibition addresses the vampire and his/her enigmatic lifestyle as a fundamental sociocultural phenomenon: When vampirism is defined as the symbolic sucking of energy and resources from other living beings and our environment, the term can also be expanded to parasitic relations and toxic conditions – and doesn’t end with the fascinating character of a living blood-sucking undead. This exhibition stakes out the reception of the vampire myth in contemporary art, which is often conveyed through pop culture, and a broader semantic field that unfolds through the figure of the vampire."

The base of my contribution is a sketch of an unfinished work by Sophie Taeuber which was posthumously 'finished' by Hans Arp in which he used materials he considered being 'real art' - as opposed to textiles (which he did appreciate but didn't consider as 'serious art'). Using Taeuber's original sketch I recreate the motiv as an embroidery on the back of a cape - a reference to vampirism in art and as a tribute to this century-old craft and its many female makers which used embroidery as a form of escape and subversive self-expression.

Many thanks to Willi from Willi's Stickerei in Basel for the embroidery. Image courtesy Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, photos by © Eva Würdinger.

fold; Rhythmic Sound Patterns

2019

Audio

'fold; Rhythmic Sound Patterns' is a collaborative project between Jakob Warmenbol and Céline Manz. It is part of the body of work 'fold;' by Manz; a case study on the role of copyrights in posthumously edited narratives, and the issue of who gets to speak and whose voice gets to be heard on the example of Sophie Taeuber and Hans Arp. The project explores different forms of „voicing“ and encompasses several aspects of Sophie Taeuber’s personal and artistic legacy. Next to "fold; Ryhthmic Sound Patterns", the project encompasses a publication and a series of designs based on Taeuber‘s oeuvre. As part of the project, Manz asked the Brussels-based musician Jakob Warmenbol to create musical reactions that are based on artworks by Sophie Taeuber. For Taeuber, as was the case for many of her contemporaries, music and sound played a significant role in the creation of her work. The 'Rhythmic Sound Pattern's reverse that. Here, the image is the inspiration that creates the sound. The result is a series of experimental pieces of each 1.5 to 2.5 minutes. Each piece is named after the work it is inspired by. The full album with Jakob‘s musical interpretations of Taeuber‘s works was released for free download in May 2019 in the frame of the Regenerative Feedback Festival 2019 at Worm Rotterdam.

All tracks composed and performed by Jakob Warmenbol, Chicago, Ill, United States 2018/2019. Cover by Céline Manz 2018/2019. Published by STUDIO 47 PRESS.

Image: Jakob Warmenbol performing in the immersive installation by Céline Manz during the album release on the occasion of 'Regenerative Feedback' in May 2019 at Worm, Rotterdam. Curated and organized by S. de Jager. Courtesy Regenerative Feedback, photo by Cem Altīnöz.

Die Rede

2019 - 2020

Risograph Edition

"Die Rede" is a free edition of Meret Oppenheim's 'Acceptance speech for the art prize of the city of Basel' from 1975 where she famously said that 'Freedom is not a given, you have to take it'.

On the occasion of the solo show '9 espaces distincts' at Kunsthaus Langenthal this text was published for the first time alongside an undated, subsequently written annex by Oppenheim which I found during an extended research in the Swiss Literary Archives. In it, she expands on some of her concerns formulated within the speech. Visitors of the exhibition were invited to take a set of copies of the risograph-printed speech with them. I'm deeply thankful to Lisa Wenger - Meret Oppenheim's niece - for her generosity as well as to the Swiss Literary Archives which both played an important role in making this project possible.

The risographs printed by Gaspard Weissheimer in Basel.

Images: courtesy Kunsthaus Langenthal, photos by CE and Kunsthaus Langenthal.

'9 espaces distincts' was made possible through the support of the Kunstkredit Basel-Stadt and the Patronagefonds for young Swiss Artists.

Rythme sans fin

2014 - 2017

Body of work

Series of case studies that investigate issues around legacy and copyright in digital age.

Website including the research here

Images: 1-10 Kunsthalle Basel, courtesy of Kunstkredit Basel-Stadt, photos by Nici Jost, 11-16 exhibition views of solo show '9 espaces distincts' at Kunsthaus Langenthal, courtesy of Kunsthaus Langenthal, photos by CE.

Rythme sans fin - Limited Edition

2018

Multiple

Website including the research

Limited edition of 8 unique photograms on the occasion of the London Open 2018 at Whitechapel Gallery. Waxed oak frames in size 42 x 29,7cm and UV glass, costum made by the Frame Factory in London.

Potpourri

2019-2020

Installation

"Potpourri (paraphrase to 'how to organize and harmonize a wall when you hang paintings')" is a new work on the legacy of Sonia Delaunay's legacy that is based on actual instructions I found in her archives. The work plays with the loophole of paraphrasing a text which allows to re-create her otherwise copyright restricted instructions in an installation that switches the paintings with plants.

Images: courtesy Kunsthaus Langenthal, photos by CE and Kunsthaus Langenthal.

'9 espaces distincts' was made possible through the support of the Kunstkredit Basel-Stadt and the Patronagefonds for young Swiss Artists.

Zeichnen heisst: weglassen

2019-2020

Installation

Exhibition views of 'Zeichnen heisst: weglassen' as part of 'Annemarie von Matt - widerstehlich' at Nidwaldner Museum in Stans, 2020 and 'Dessiner, c'est: supprimer' as part of 'Annemarie von Matt, je ne m'ennuie jamais, on m'ennuie', at Centre Culturel Suisse. Paris, 2020.

The title of the work refers to a drawing by Annemarie von Matt and translates as 'to draw means to omit', the work itself constitutes of an interview that I conducted with a psychoanalyst on the subconscious effects of grieving on the formation of cultural heritage - namely the processes that come into play when an artist husband takes charge of the legacy of his dead artist wife. As a stay-at-home woman against her own wishes, Annemarie von Matt never gave up her vocation as an artist and continued to work in private, without showing her extensive oeuvre to the public. It was only years after her death that her husband Hans von Matt started to promote her legacy and try to get her oeuvre more known. The fact that his gaze was predominant in the creation of her current public image is reflected in the location of 'Zeichnen heisst: weglassen' , which takes form of an intervention in the permanent exhibition in the 'Annemarie und Hans von Matt room', where his oeuvre is facing the oeuvre of Annemarie von Matt.

Courtesy photos: Nidwaldner Museum: photos by Christian Hartmann and Céline Manz; Centre Culturel Suisse.Paris: photo by Margot Montigny.

Annemarie geht auf Reisen

2020

T-Shirt Edition

Limited T-Shirt Edition of 'Annemarie von Matt - Blutzger Photo' on the occasion of the 2020 retrospectives ‚Annemarie von Matt - widerstehlich’ at Nidwaldner Museum Stans and 'Annemarie von Matt. Je ne m'ennuie jamais, on m'ennuie' at Centre culturel suisse. Paris. 100% organic cotton and available in selected sizes in the styles unisex and women. The title of the edition is ‚Annemarie geht auf Reisen’ which translates to ‚Annemarie goes travelling’ - an invitation to take Annemarie along with us on our journeys ♥︎

Published by STUDIO 47 PRESS

Many thanks to the Bildhauer Hans von Matt-Stiftung for making this possible. Images © Bildhauer Hans von Matt-Stiftung, Librairie du Centre Culturel Suisse.Paris and courtesy of the artist / STUDIO 47 PRESS 2020.

I have crossed oceans of time
to find you

2020

Video

Exhibition view of 'I have crossed oceans of time to find you I & II' of the exhibition 'DURST' curated by Alice Wilke that explores various forms of vampirism as a metaphor at Kunstraum Niederoesterreich.

I have crossed oceans of time to find you I © Céline Manz, 2020

I have crossed oceans of time to find you II © Céline Manz, 2020

The title of the installation is based on the quote of Bram Stoker's novel 'Dracula' from 1897, a quote now most famously known from Francis Ford Coppola's adaption from 1992. The work juxtaposes an animated video of the subversively coded still life 'Panaches de mer, lithophytes et coquilles' (1769) by Anne Vallayer-Coster, one of the very few accepted and successful female artists of her time, slowly drowning in water that turns into blood - with a video collage of found footage films of sunrises and sunsets which refers to the romanticized notions of the bliss of feminine passivity in domesticity that was propagated in novels since the 16th century and earlier, where the ‚outside world’ was a place of adventure which had to remain an eternal source of longing.

"Immortality, seduction, violence – the combination of these attributes associated with the figure of the vampire has laid the ground for popular sex & crime stories for centuries. The myth of the blood-sucking creature is firmly anchored in society’s collective desires, fears, and drives. As is well known, Irishman Bram Stoker was not the first writer to focus on the figure of the vampire more closely – his famous novel "Dracula" (1897) was highly influenced by the work of his compatriot Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and his female vampire "Carmilla" (1872). But it was Stoker’s Dracula character who became the quintessential vampire. His tale is not only a classic of Gothic literature; it has also been interpreted as a metaphor for the hypocrisy and prudery of the Victorian era. With his Count, he created the perfect anti-hero: superhumanly strong, supernatural, uninhibited. Ever since, the vampire myth has adapted to societal contexts and conditions, along with a changing external appearance (from "Nosferatu" to "Twilight"). Secrets, power, sex, fetish, and anarchy are the political as well as aesthetic dimensions of the figure. The exhibition addresses the vampire and his/her enigmatic lifestyle as a fundamental sociocultural phenomenon: When vampirism is defined as the symbolic sucking of energy and resources from other living beings and our environment, the term can also be expanded to parasitic relations and toxic conditions – and doesn’t end with the fascinating character of a living blood-sucking undead. This exhibition stakes out the reception of the vampire myth in contemporary art, which is often conveyed through pop culture, and a broader semantic field that unfolds through the figure of the vampire." - Press release.

Courtesy Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, photos by © Eva Würdinger.

Screen_

2017

Html

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Scroll at your own pace through Arthur Aron's "The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness: A Procedure and Some Preliminary Findings." - or, as it is more commonly known; the "36 questions to fall in love with a stranger".

Part of deuxpiece presents: SCREEN_by ADA W. POTTER: 5 NEWSLETTER / 5 WEEKS / 5 ARTISTS - Aida Cheng (CN/USA), Esther Hunziker (CH), Céline Manz (CH), Jessie Stead (USA) & Daniela Brugger (CH).

Ada W. Potter's project SCREEN_ [ "screenspace"] is an email-based art "space" that produces monthly artworks, sent/received via email. Each participating artist creates a unique artwork for each installment. Email recipients are asked to subscribe. This opt-in structure is meant to elicit an engaged audience and help the project avoid spam status. Subscribe here

Vogue

2017

Video

Link video

Comission for the group show "Chäs u Chole" at Kunsthaus Langenthal, Switzerland.

"Chees and Coal. A photographer from Gondiswil, Johann Schär (1855–1938) 3 x 3 contemporary approaches. David Elsener, Nicolas Fernandez, Matthias Gabi, Nina Haab, Urs Mannhart, Céline Manz, Valerio Moser, Nele Stecher, Maria Ursprung.

Stately farms, beautiful cows, proud cheese makers, youngsters and cheerful women picking berries in the forest – Johann Schär's photographic documentation of a sedate rural life at the beginning of the 20th Century has no comparison in its density and quality in Switzerland. The documentation of the coal surface-mining in and around Gondiswil is unique and gives an impressive testimonial of this rare activity of mining in Switzerland.

For the first time, Kunsthaus Langenthal presents an overview of Johann Schärs's (1855–1938) work. Over 4000 glas-negatives, historic prints, album and postcards were secured, researched and digitalized by Fotobüro Bern.

The exhibition was curated by Markus Schürpf (Fotobüro Bern) and will be accompanied by an extensive catalogue that will be published on 18 March 2017.

Under the title «3x3» the Kunsthaus invited nine artists and writers to approach the photographs by Johann Schär from a contemporary perspective and react to them with a new work." Source: Website Kunsthaus Langenthal

Waltzing

2016

Video

Episode for RietveldTV

Based on some of Hitchcock's notorious scenes that subverted the 'Hays Code' and an artist's trials and tribulations to make the perfectly legal piece of appropriation art.

The Triangular Nature of Desire

2016

Text

Contribution to the Pictures Generation issue of Metropolis M Magazine. Based on Sherrie Levine’s Statement from 1982, including plagiarized quotes by Sherrie Levine, Sarah Charlesworth and Barbara Kruger. Samples of interviews and artist statements given between 1981 and 2016:


THE TRIANGULAR NATURE OF DESIRE

I worked for many years using images from popular culture, but never related to the word ‘appropriation’. I'm not interested in stealing images. I want to know what this strange world of images is that I live in. This is why I deconstruct images, take them apart, to find out what they're made of, how they function and how they picture the world for us. A symbolism is attached to particular images, becomes marked in the unconscious. So I abstract objects that socially carry a strong emotional charge or symbolic significance. The arrangement of images is loaded in many different ways which allows multiple interpretations. The viewer completes the act of interpretation. It allows even contradictory interpretations. To me, a picture is a tissue of quotations drawn from the innumerable centers of culture. To exorcise it, to rearrange it, to reshape it, to make it my own, involves unearthing it, describing it, deploying it in form, and then rearranging it. Casting my world back into the given world. It’s like a reformulation of language, a recreation of a new metaphor. I'm interested in as many layers of meaning as possible. The more you know, the more meaning and the more history can be brought to bear on it. Ergo the viewer is very, very important. He is the tablet on which all the quotations that make up an image are inscribed without any of them being lost, so to speak. I did a lot of commercial art for money and freelance illustration stuff when I was younger, so I do understand how magazines work. I use images drawn from that culture because I see in each piece an interface between my personal subjectivity and a given world. Being socialized within similar constructs of myth and desire, it is not surprising that most people are comforted by popular depictions. Sometimes these images emerge as ‘semblances of beauty;’ as confluences of desirous points. We have seen that pictures and words have become the rallying points for certain assumptions. There are assumptions of truth and falsity and the narratives of falsity are called fictions. In most design work, received images and words are arranged and aligned to produce assigned meanings. I am engaged in rearranging and realigning these dominant assignments. The idea is to broaden the discussion, not to narrow it. The idea of multiple images and mechanical reproduction fascinates me. When I first started to work as a commercial artist, I was really interested in how advertisers dealt with the idea of originality. If they wanted an image, they'd just take it. It was never an issue of morality; it was always an issue of utility. There was no sense that images belonged to someone; all images were in the public domain and as an artist I found that very liberating. I just imagined that they're mine. Over the years, I've come to the conclusion that copyright and so-called intellectual property is a euphemism for corporate control in so many ways. But don't get me wrong. I believe in copyright. I do. But it's been taken to such lengths. So much of our sense of art history is based on copies, fakes and forgeries. I think of originality as a trope. It's not that I don't think that the word ‘originality’ means anything or has no meaning. I just think it's gotten a very narrow meaning lately. What I think about in terms of my work is broadening the definitions of the word ‘original’. Sometimes when things are almost original they can be as disturbing. When it is close, but not the same, as the original, in my mind, there's a different kind of tension. The pictures I make are really ghosts of ghosts; their relationship to the original images is tertiary, that is, three or four times removed. I like to celebrate doubt and uncertainty. To provoke answers but don’t give them. To withhold absolute meaning by incorporating parasite meanings. As far as the visual presentation goes, I purposely avoid a high degree of difficulty. A lot of people are like me: they have relatively short attention spans. So I shoot for the window of opportunity. Whatever power, whatever affect the images have, works on its own. A new work should have as much aura as its reference. The tension between the reference and the new work doesn't really exist unless the new work has an auratic presence of its own. It's all about what the work makes you think about. Somebody would say, ‘They’re really awful but come to think of it, they’re really beautiful.’ A picture's meaning lies not in its origin, but in its destination.


Studio 47

2014-2019

Venue

STUDIO 47 is a collective reflection on property and ownership in digital age initiated by Céline Manz. The studio’s activities are complemented on the website studio-47.org. For information on the program please contact us here

STUDIO 47 originates from a coalition with the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Foam and De Appel and is part of the 3Package Deal, a program supported by the AFK and Bureau Broedplaatsen Amsterdam.

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Publishing Platform

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BANNERs

2015

digital paintings

8 artworks and the corporate logos of their respective owners.

Series of physical and digital Logo-Reproductions of artworks that are the most representative pieces in the corporate art collection they belong to. A Logo-Reproduction is a technique that uses the corporate logo of a respective artwork owner as a digital brush. The reproductions are made on the occasion of the exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Netherlands Association of Corporate Art Collections – VBCN. Presented both on wall-filling advertising banners and a website, the BANNERs were juxtaposed with the original artworks that served as their models. The work is based on statistics made by the winners of the VBCN Open Curatorenprijs, Alix de Massiac and Vincent van Velsen. The exhibition united the most representative and the most exceptional art works from 29 Dutch corporate art collections. Exhibition views showing "Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken: Jeroen Henneman - Koningin Beatrix" and "AMC: Wouter van Riessen - Narcissen" made by Konstantin Guz.

BANNERs - Online Catalogue

2015

Html

Catalogue accompanying the installation BANNERs - 8 artworks and the corporate logos of their respective owners.

Hungry for Love - The Exhibition

2014

Installation

Free download of the full publication.

Collaboration with Xavier Fernandez Fuentes.

Handout.

Beethovenstraat

2014

Digital collage

Commissioned work for the Dutch Art Magazine Metropolis M for the issue Nr 3 2014 - Summer of Love & Hate: Tribute to Ed van der Elsken.

After Ed van der Elsken's 'Beethovenstraat 1967'

Courtesy of Metropolis M

Hungry for love

2014

Publication

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In collaboration with Xavier Fernandez Fuentes .

"What, they seem to be asking, can one do after all has been displayed, when provocation becomes conformist? Sisley’s milk-fed version of porno chic may just lead the way out of the rut and into a new season. It’s got all the subversion, with ironic, wholesome, goodness to boot" - M.K.Hoffman on Sisley's 2001 campaign 'Hungry for love' shot by Mr. Richardson.

A1

2013

Digital Collages

"Terry's a really cool guy. There's something very beautiful, very raw about it and I'm glad that there is a photographer out there that does work like that." — Noot Seear, Model

44 ColorWave poster prints in DIN A1

Nominated for the Gerrit Rietveld Award in Fine Arts 2013

Art - Das Kunstmagazin: Interview 06.05.2014

The Appropriator's User Guide

2013

Publication

Limited edition, 25 copies.
Thesis, Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam. Practical tips when working with appropriated images, including an introduction on copyright, frequently asked questions about the notions of “copy” and “originality”, a chapter with case studies, a checklist and a list with further links.
Click here for the thesis essay "What do you know about art, you're not a lawyer".

Aude Debout, graphic designer, and Annelies Lesuis, lawyer specialized in copyright.

1 hour 28 minutes

2012

Video performance

1 hour 28 minutes 04 seconds of clapping, webcam performance.

Video and audio installation.

Winning the game
when the rules have been changed

2012

Photo

Title inspired by Abigail Solomon-Godeau’s essay on photography and postmodernism. First reflections on gender representation in photography.

The Invisible

2011

Photo

Photographs under hypnosis.
Rietveld Uncut is an annual happening at the Brakke Grond Art Center in Amsterdam. Each department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie is invited to contribute a project. The 2011's edition theme was the living object. Taking the photographer's ambition to "photograph the beyond" by word, I asked a hypnotist to hypnotize me during the opening and convince me that I was able to photograph the invisible.

Rorschach Tableaux

2011

Photochemical drawings

The Rorschach Tableaux are Inspired of Roland Barth's Essay "Camera Lucida", in which he describes his unability to -literally - recognize himself on photographs. These 4/5 inch analog portraits were abstracted in the darkroom. Following the principle that photography is a highly subjective medium, the viewer is invited to create his own projection on the person portrayed.

Radiance

2011

Photogram

Extract from a series of photograms made with objects which belonged to my grandparents. Both of them had the habit of keeping whatever could be re-used again. When clearing their flat we found an extensive collection of neatly stored everyday objects; used wrapping paper, buttons, corks, elastics, nails, etc. I felt very attracted by these little objects which told my family's story over many years. Before throwing them away I used a part of this collection for an abstracted photographic review. By lightening the photographic paper indirectly with mirrors, glass and punctual lights, the photograms don't show their imprints but just their reflections.

The Vanity Collection

2010

Photo

Experiment.
Three photographs a day, all uploaded before midnight, dealing with the double meaning of the french word "vanité" (meaning both vanity and vanitas). As the capacity of free websites is limited, the project ended the day no further pages could be added.
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