ARTSOME Exhibition

"Sample Cities / Imaginary Spaces Expanded Cinematographic Installation" by GusztavHamos and Katja Pratschke runs through May 10 at Khoj Studio

In collaboration with the Goethe Institut-Max Mueller Bhavan, Khoj International Artists' Association is pleased to present 'Sample Cities/Imaginary Spaces'.

The theme of the exhibition SAMPLE CITIES / IMAGINARY SPACES is personal urban perceptions, which we call »the city«. The city, as a living organism, reflects social processes and interactions, economic relations, political conditions and private matters.

In the city, human memories, desires and tragedies find expression in the form of designations and marks engraved in house walls and paving slabs. But what the city really is under this thick layer of signs, what it contains or conceals, is what we are researching in the SAMPLE CITIES / IMAGINARY SPACES project.

The source material for the installation consists of 9 sequences of photo works by GusztávHámos, produced between 1973 and 2012. Each of these city perceptions sequences depicts essential situations of urban experiences containing concentrations of human and inhuman acts in a compact form. The cities in which the series of images have been created since 1973 include Berlin, Budapest and New York, places with a traumatised past: (cold) war, dictatorships and terrorist catastrophes.

For the exhibition, 9 photo sequences have been assembled into tableaux or series of images and a three dimensional photo object. Every individual photo work already contains within it an idea, an arrangement, a programme, a concept - as scores, notations. Additionally, the pieces are temporal-spatial sequences bearing the filmic within them. We regard the city itself as an expanded cinematographic experience. IMAGINARY SPACES is inspired by Italo Calvino's book »La cittàinvisibili«, or »Invisible Cities« in English. Each video outlines an imaginary city. Each city description summarises an historic, social, economic, political or private aspect in a poetic narrative. The installation deals on an exemplary level with the expansion of the cinematic space.

Video: Credits: Narrator: Ulrich Matthes | Music: Chopin |Drums: Thomas Wydler | Vocals: Karolina Ferencz

GusztávHámos, born 1955 in Budapest, lives in Berlin. He is a media artist, curator and author. His artistic work includes video, film, photography and installation and has been exhibited at Documenta, Biennale Venedig, ZKM Karlsruhe, LudwigMuzeum Budapest. His videos and films were shown a.o. at Tate Modern London, SFMOMA, Videobrasil Sao Paulo, Palais de Tokyo Paris, Akademie der Künste Berlin, Ludwig Museum Budapest, Art Basel Miami. His work is included in the Collections of MOMA NY, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, NBK Berlin, ZKM Karlsruhe.

KatjaPratschke, born 1967 in Frankfurt am Main. She is a media artist, curator and since 2006 she has organised photofilm seasons with GusztávHámos with whom she has collaborated since 1998. Her artistic projects include: Natural Born Digital (video, 1998); Transposed Bodies (video, installation, book, 2002); Rien ne va plus (film, 2005); Fiasco (film, 2010); Hidden Cities (film, installation, 2012); Potential Space (film, installation, 2014). Her films were shown a.o. at Tate Modern London, RencontresInternationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Triennale der Photographie Hamburg, 63th MostraInternazionaled' ArteCinematografica di Venezia. She received various awards and grants: German Short Film Award, travel grant of the HessischeKulturstiftung, Artist-in-Residence Venice and Istanbul.

The exhibition runs through May 10, 2014.
Venue: KHOJ International Artists' Association
Address: S-17, Khirkee Extension, New Delhi - 110017
Nearest Transport: Khirkee Village Bus Stop and Malviya Nagar Metro Station


April 2014