Finally got to see some of RETHINK; itâ€™s a wonderful exhibition. The Saraceno is gigantic, but the human biosphere, suspended high in the air, was closed for repair today so I wanâ€™t able to go in it, which saved my vertigo.
Allora & Calzadillaâ€™sÂ A Man Screaming Is Not A Dancing Bear (2008) is stunning. Filmed in New Orleans, post-Katrina, itâ€™s strange and elegaic. Repeating through the film are moments in which a barely-glimpsed man drums on some abandonded Venetian blinds. It lends an angry, jumpy soundtrack to the slow pans across water-stained walls.
Kerstin Eregenzingerâ€™sÂ Study for Longing/Seeing (2008) was unsettling in a very different way. Sheets of dark, lifeless rubber suddenly twitch unexpectedly, driven by strange spider-arms beneath them. It feels like a landscape thatâ€™s coming alive, animated by some strange pulse. â€œThe work,â€ says the catalogue, â€œIs a reactive installation using data from seismographs and sensor-based structures to simulate a landscape and its changes. The installation responds partly to movements in the earth outside the exhibition building, and partly to audience movements in the exhibition room itselfâ€¦â€
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