Dry Floor. HOXTON 253 art project space, London (2021)
Dry Floor revolves around structure and formation, as both ideological and nihilistic. Structures have been extracted from their original source or situation, and displaced into other contexts.
Presented by students from the Royal College of Art (Abhaya Rajani, Art Sokoloff, Anders Aarvik), the works, that are multidisciplinary and experimental at core, have been adapted to the space itself. The works spans from sculpture, installation and print, merging together.
:-) :-o (in these worlds everything exists)
cloned voice speech synthesis, video, crt tv, soil, etchings, wheat seeds
The video :-) :-o (in these worlds everything exists) is filmed through a macro lens in which projections of two emoticons appear to manifest in a tiny seed found in a London garden. It is as if the encoding of the content is already happening within. The audio is a monologue reading, made using a text-to-speech program in which the author’s voice has been cloned through a neural network. The author’s voice, therefore, reads words that the author has never spoken. The text written and spoken through the speech synthesis elaborates on materialisation that through drawing, projection and absence can be re-transcribed for openness and autonomy.
clay, palm leaves
The spine is a pillar of bone, each organ is connected to each bone.
Plastikforbindelser is a generative series in constant change. It is comprised of objects that respond to their local environment, including found objects and commodities from garbage containers, to natural sites, to shops, to studio spaces. The objects protrude from surfaces in the space, connected in a network of new signs before they face their inevitable course of dissolving, returning to the shop, to the garbage container or to be consumed. The series emerged from work conducted in Raadvad (a cultivated forest area), combining the clay with fish fins, rabbit ears, branches, and objects from the workshop, e.g., computer-extracted gold. At Dry Floor, the new objects in the series were extracted from the local surroundings; the clay extends the spine of the palm leave, preserved with what they absorbed from the garbage container, such as snail droppings and houses.
clay, wheat seeds
An object pulsates and reaches into the ground, it plants a seed, it is allowed to spread under the ground without the states perception of ever having existed.
etching, graphite on washi
neolithic car mould