AUG 11 - 21, 2017// Das Institut für Alles Mögliche, Berlin
Das Institut für Alles Mögliche is pleased to present Re:Core, a group exhibition curated by Alt Esc and The NY FemFactory, featuring the works of Nina Cristante, Masami Kubo, Lauren Moffatt, Tracy Dillon Timmins, Britta Thie, and Jessica Yatrofsky.
Re:Core investigates the social, psychological, and somatic infrastructures of the body as it is depicted on the screen, in the media, in our memories, and personal narratives. The artists explore the body’s extension past tangibility, past the idea of something that is internal and external; they question its visibility and existence outside its physical realm, how its projected on a surface, and the omnipresence of a constant audience.
Britta Thie often depicts her own body to examine the meaning of the figurative image in a product-driven society. In her sound installation Sirens she displays fragmented images surrounded by a ghostly murmur of voices, displacing them from their corporeal form and attaching them to a frozen representation. In an ode to Philip K. Dick, Masami Kubo’s VR piece navigates the viewer through an out-of-body experience of a conjured construct. Posing herself as the object storyteller, she draws from personal incidents, politics and pop culture, to build a satirical narrative. Lauren Moffatt’s video The Unbinding presents a world made up of fragments of archived images. Presented in 3-D, the stereoscopic piece reveals a figure whose face, hands, and hair change with each of her movements and who is contained within a constantly reconfiguring loop. Also inspired by Philip K. Dick (the “scramble suit”), time loops, and time machines of 20th century science fiction, this work reflects on the daily activities of appropriation and sampling made possible by digital technologies and networks, and how we are seen externally in lieu of this accessibility and viewership.
In contrast, Nina Cristante’s film Drama looks inwards as she zooms in on the blue glove-clad hands of a surgeon as they explore the inner networks of the body. Paired with the compositions by boli group, the lush imagery of the body’s bloodied contents becomes an ephemeral reminder of the physical groundwork intertwining with the emotional. In her pigment prints and paintings Tracy Dillon Timmins captures a fleeting gesture from re-appropriated imagery, cropped and enhanced, collaged and decontextualized. The ghostly hands and figures float somewhere on the brink of memory and reality. Jessica Yatrofsky rejects the media trends of hyper-sexualizing the female body and confronts the notion of femininity in her photographic series I Heart Girl. Shooting subjects with masculine and feminine features, and who defy the beauty industry standards, Yatrofsky pieces together an honest portrayal of the contemporary cultural landscape.
About the Artists
Nina Cristante’s practice reflects on health and disease. Zao Dha Diet (ZDD) and Fitness Povero (FP) are ongoing works and consultation systems. Recent exhibitions include: Senior at Zacheta National Gallery, Complications at YEARS (Copenhagen), Per Person Per Day with Ian Dolton -Thornton at Et Al. (San Francisco), Condition at Showroom MAMA (Rotterdam), life sport at LIFE SPORT (Athens), United at The Composing Rooms (Berlin), and hot16 with Dean Blunt, at YEARS (Copenhagen). Her work has also been shown at Cell Project Space (London), IX Berlin Biennale, and Maxxi Museum (Rome).
Masami Kubo (b. 1990, Seattle, WA) is an artist and designer based in New York City. Her research-driven practice comprises of performance, installation, and new media. Kubo's work focuses on investigating relationships between technology, image culture & belief systems. She has exhibited at Recess Arts, New York; Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York; and The Lubalin Center, New York. Her recent explorations in VR will be featured at Institut fur Alles Mogliche, Berlin. Kubo graduated from The Cooper Union School of Art in 2013, and is now Creative Director at DigitalOcean.
Lauren Moffatt is an Australian artist working with video, performance and immersive technologies. Her works, often presented in multiple forms, explore the subjectivity of connected bodies and the limits between virtual and physical worlds. Over a number of years she has developed a body of work pivoting on immersive image making, as she is interested in how the dimension of depth in moving image can be used to convey meaning. Lauren's works have been screened and exhibited most recently at LOOP Barcelona, Palais de Tokyo, La Maison des Arts de Creteil, Museum Dr. Guislain, SAVVY Contemporary, FACT Liverpool, the Werkleitz Festival, The Sundance Film Festival and at the ZKM in Karlsruhe. Lauren completed her studies at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, l'Université Paris VIII and Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains. She currently lives and works in Berlin.
Tracy Dillon Timmins studied painting and drawing as an Undergraduate at California College of Arts in San Francisco and received her Masters in studio art from New York University, where she currently teaches painting and drawing. Over the years her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries such as: Rena Bransten (San Francisco, CA), Parklife (San Francisco, CA), 3A Gallery (New York, NY), Space 1026, (Philadelphia, PA), Roberts and Tilton (Los Angeles, CA), and Hinterconti Gallery (Hamburg, Germany) among others.
Britta Thie is a Berlin-based artist whose work engages emerging technologies and the relationship between self and digital representation. She studied fine arts at the Universität der Künste in Berlin in the class of Hito Steyerl and is currently teaching as a guest professor for Performance at the HFG Offenbach am Main. In recent years she has shown work at Public Art Fund, (New York), Julia Stoschek Collection (Berlin), Anthology Film Archives (New York), Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), Auto Italia (London) and had solo presentations at SCHIRN Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Kunstverein Göttingen and SCHINKEL Pavillon (Berlin). Upcoming projects are a solo exhibition at Museum Abteiberg, Germany shown in screens at a SATURN electronics market in 2018.
Jessica Yatrofsky is a New York-based photographer and filmmaker, known for film and photographic work exploring body politics, beauty, and gender. She received her MFA from Parsons the New School for Design and published her first photography monograph, I Heart Boy, with powerHouse Books in 2010 and her second photography monograph, I Heart Girl, in 2015. Jessica's photographic work is part of the permanent collection with the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Her photography work has been exhibited overseas and her film work has been both televised and screened at film festivals internationally. She is part of The NY FemFactory collective.
About the Curator
Alt Esc is a Brooklyn-based curatorial team and publication started by Alison Sirico and Irina V Makarova. Sparked by the realization that disparity exists between the institutionalized art world and the new wave of rising artists, Alt Esc was founded to vocalize the leading ideas and trends in young contemporary studio practice. Equal parts publication and event production team, we seek to communicate dialogues that manifest into praxis. Through publication and curating exhibitions, we strive to connect rising artists with new opportunities, while honoring and sharing their current achievements with a broader audience. Using the studio visit as a model for a narrative, we hope to communicate, foster and archive today’s young cultural landscape.
The NY FemFactory is a collective of female and female identifying artists raising social consciousness through art, music and performance. http://www.nyfemfactory.com/home