Sun Tracing - a solo exhibition by Johannes Langkamp

The exhibition Sun Tracing, Johannes Langkamp’s first solo show in Rotterdam, embodies the artist’s longtime fascination with our perception of celestial bodies and the methods and devices developed to capture them. For this exhibition, Langkamps interest concerns the sun in particular.

Jan 2019
Feb 2019
23:00 to 18:00

Central to the exhibition is the work Analog Sun Tracker (2013–2018)in which a mechanical tracking device drives a motorized revolving camera, allowing it to follow the path of the sun with great precision. The work includes three 24-hour time-lapse videos of the movement of the sun, representing one solar day from three distinct locations: Shanghai (31°), Rotterdam (51°), and Kjølleford, Norway (71°). Analog Sun Tracker originated at V2_’s Summer Sessions residency program. Langkamp spent his summer 2013 residency at Chronus Art Center in Shanghai, where he developed the first version of the work.

Sun Tracing also provides insights into the artistic process that led to Analog Sun Tracker, including the artist’s original video proposal and several video sketches of the initial concept. In addition to Analog Sun Tracker, V2_ commissioned two new works by Langkamp in 2018. Each elaborates on a different aspect of his original concept for Analog Sun Tracker and will be shown to an audience for the first time at Sun Tracing.

Johannes Langkamp 


Johannes Langkamp is a new-media artist based in Rotterdam. He carries out playful ongoing research into video as a medium. Inspired by the everyday, he makes short video fragments using simple means, with a raw and sketchy style. Through exploring perspective and perception, Langkamp discovers outcomes that surprise him as much as they do others. His ideas evolve as he experiments with the features and limitations of his tools (cameras, situations, displays), and through this process he develops rough sketches into installations that highlight the camera's relationship with space. The result is straightforward observation manifesting an unusual take on reality, giving the audience a taste of Langkamp's manner of seeing. http://joway.eu

Practical information

V2_, Lab for the Unstable Media (Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam)

January 25–February 24 
Thursday–Sunday, 12–7pm (except Friday 12–9pm; see dekunstavond.nl)*


*Special dates:
IFFR: Open everyday during IFFR (January 25 - February 3)
Opening: Thursday January 24, 20:00h  
Kunstavond XL: Friday February 8, open until 23:00h 
Finisage: Friday February 22, 20:00h

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