ars viva 07/08 (04/02/2007)
We are pleased to inform that the Cultural Committee of BDI has awarded the ars viva price 07/08 to Marcellvs L., Nico Dockx, Florian Hecker and Astrid Nippoldt. The official award ceremony will take place in the context of the annual meeting of the Cultural Committee from October 05 -07, 2007 in Leverkusen (Germany). There the first ars viva exhibition at Museum Schloss Morbroich will be opened on Sunday, October 07, 2007 at 11:30 a.m.
The dates for the subsequent ars viva exhibition are:
Kunstverein Hannover, February 16, 2008 - April 06, 2008
Opening: Friday, February 15, 2008, 08:00 p.m.
Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, May 24 - August 15, 2008
Opening: Friday, May 23, 06:00 p.m.
More information coming soon.
Catalogue Nam June Paik Award 2006 (06/12/2007)
"Singular Images" - Author: Solange Farkas
The Work of Marcellvs L. is extremely particular, his œuvre possesses the actuality to reproduce itself in a context of intense imagetic profusion. His very experimental production that belongs to the electronic arts’ universe attracts attention through its radical concept and through the intensity with which it associates philosophical concepts and the electronic image.
His work places itself in a zone of undiscernibility, which turns it inapprehensible by this or that audiovisual genre. It operates between documentary and experimental video, between the objective and the subjective and “between” these genres; it creates its own discursive universe, provoking extraordinary thoughts.
His videos relate themselves almost always to events and people that find themselves distant from the cameras and that do not know of their presence. Almost without recourse to editing, they show long sequences in black and white of anonymous people and their quotidian and that are subtly revealed through the operation of the digital zoon, a recurrent practice in the œuvre of the artist. However, instead of revealing reality, they end up turning it into an invention, a mirage.
The fixed camera offers a banal image, homemade, precarious: A man walks slowly, faraway. He comes closer whilst the camera follows him through a zoom out almost unperceivable. A flooding forms a river that crosses the street where he walks. The zoom turns the scene into a shaky, impressionist scene.