2019 Summer Session: Evelina Rajca at Points

Evelina Rajca Summer Sessions residency at Points, Kunshan City.

Points Center for Contemporary Art in Kunshan, China is one of the partner organizations of V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media for the artist exchange residency program Summer Sessions. In 2019, Points welcomed the second selected artist, Evelina Rajca (German) to participate in the residency.

Her exhibition consists of three artifacts: the Thonet rocking lounger 7500, designed and produced during the peak of the German protest movement during the Industrial Revolution, and the reproduction of the rocking lounger 7500 by the artist made out of trees felled during brown-coal mining operations in NRW Germany. And the image of the “sinkhole” found through the World Wide Web, projected onto the translucent smart foil in the form of a video collage. The background of the three groups of works conveys the historical developments promoted by human beings, the social problems from interpersonal relationships to human resources, and the destruction and reversal of nature under the growth of new technologies.

“Anästhetiker,” a neologism coined from “aesthete” and “anaesthetic,” is a complex mixed media installation. The artist used solid carbon dioxide (CO2) as an experiment object, which doubles as a compositional sound study. Shows experimentally to what extent the density and aggregate state of matter influences the presumed presence or absence of options for action.

As carbon dioxide changes from solid into gaseous form, there develops a gas cushion around the carbon dioxide, which, when pressed against a suitable resonating body, generates extraordinary vibrations. This results in a variety of sounds – that are based on different parameters such as volume, surface structure, and temperature of the materials. The influence of the movement of sound conglomerates in space, as well as their duration and concentration, play a crucial role in Evelina Rajca’s artistic research. 

Depending on its density, carbon dioxide has different effects: analgesia – anaesthesia – death. Since the density and aggregate state of a substance determines its level of toxicity, keywords and ideas such as irreversibility and fetish are also of central importance in the exhibition.

Smart.ing Bodies is a multi-sensory sound device, a vitreous organ that conveys sensation, consisting of a mixture of two glass resonators, sensors, motors, and algorithms, partially created by the AI non-learning process. The glass instruments made of quartz sand, collected by artists from beaches and mountains that have disappeared from all over the world.

This sensory sound device works as a continuous development project. The planned device should be able to emit different tracks and balance each other's existence. The audience can not only listen but even directly feel the waves flowing in the space. 

This work aims to explore the evolution of new technologies into smarting ideologies and ecological models operating under high pressure. The experiments involved are based on artists' research on resonance disaster phenomena and related non-learning processes, as well as on cross-disciplinary research between machine learning and psychology, acoustics.

See: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/-LywLQuWI0lcVKpTXT3VwA

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