Artists:
Anna Romanenko & Björn Kühn (RU/DE)

Curator:
Omar Mirza

Opening:
Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 6 pm

The exhibition runs until January 25, 2015

Bunker – Nitra Gallery
Župné nám. 3
Nitra
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Illicit Physics

The exhibition project Illicit Physics explores the illicit status of artistic products in their disobedience to seemingly universal natural laws and the laws of art production.

The German-Russian artistic duo Björn Kühn and Anna Romanenko focus their work on the operational capacities of things. As they construct alternative ecologies by building tools and interfaces they trigger unforeseen mechanics and consequences inducing transformation to their surroundings. Find more about their work at www.bergenconvention.com. Recent works include Liminal Dome at Nida Art Colony, Lithuania (www.liminaldome.com).

The exhibition project Illicit Physics explores the illicit status of artistic products in their disobedience to seemingly universal natural laws and the laws of art production. Situated in a gray zone, being not entirely approved, but not invalid either, lying on the border of reality and mystification – it is an actual and actualized science fiction. The artworks react to the former civil defense shelter, a retreat from the happenings outside. Inside the Bunker, a new reality can be created where you become the inhabitant of the world after – a subjective environment that withstands the earthly demise.

The artists chose for the exhibition in Nitra projects from their recent production but also created new works for the very specific location. The installation Enter Lynx takes off from the humid quality of the underground and creates a blurry atmosphere of steam enriched with lynx-DNA exiting through the ventilation system, whereas inhaling it can cause a mutation.

Starting a new series of Taxidermy Furniture the artists created a prototype chair titled „Rys ostrovid“.

The work Leap is an alternative measuring device inspired by the prototype meter bar stored in Paris. The artists try to create a new system of measurements not based on human but on animal scale, where a leap is more natural than a step.

Pillars of Creation consist of a carpet custom-woven in Nepal with the pattern derived from the famous photograph made by NASA and the Hubble Telescope in 1995, showing elephant trunks of interstellar gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula, where new stars are born. The installation is accompanied by instructions describing a special technique of movements and breathing that by regulating the blood flow and blood pressure result in stars shooting through the field of vision.

The Unfailing Table is an installation made from 44 fruit spirits cultivated in the Utopiana garden in Geneva, Switzerland, with the use of an old south German technique of letting fruits grow into a bottle, subsequently pouring clear strong alcohol into it, thus pulling the fruit’s essence out. The spirit production process is carried on by the planting of a lemon tree inside the Bunker. The work initiates post-apocalyptic fantasies about a time after the futuristic outset and deals with the questions of coexistence of new social communities. A workshop on the potential of toasting in the days to come after is part of this work.

Dates and venues of the workshops:
November 21, 2014, 8 pm: Nástupište 1-12, Topoľčany (www.nastupiste.sk)
November 25, 2014, 6 pm: A4, Karpatská 2 (YMCA), Bratislava (www.a4.sk)

Realized with financial support from the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic and in cooperation with the Goethe Institut Bratislava.