Electricity Factory presents Ω
The longest recorded echo on earth, to be found in an underground fuel depot in Scotland, can be heard reverberating in for 112 second. From seconds 113 onwards the echo remains, illusory, never really died out, still faintly ringing, enduring, haunting.
Someone once mentioned a book of which the narrative ended seventy-five pages before the book ended. After the story had been told, the pages described atmospheres, humidity, room temperatures, light fall, wind, sounds and noises.
There is a moment in certain films where the scene has ended, even, but the camera remains, lingering, documenting the moments after the scene unfolded.
An indoor lake in The Hague mirrors the unending downfall of the sky falling as it dries out, leaving just a trace of glistering salt.
On September 23, 2021, the exhibition Ω (Om, Ohm, Omega) opened at the Electricity Factory. While wandering in the factory’s turbine hall, the exhibition happens to the visitor, much as life happens. Upon first visiting the old turbine hall, it became immediately clear that the building is a spectacle. Instead of it being relegated to the background, it is a space from which the artworks emerge. The makers of the exhibition want the visitor to experience the exhibition first hand, without any prior knowledge, except for a few associations that were important during the creation process. Using the principle of an open music session or a spontaneous collaboration by a selection of international artists and performers, the exhibition is like an echo in space, a kind of post-narrative moment. Many of the works are symbiotic, where existing works are reinterpreted or performed in a new way. The idea of bringing artworks together in a manner that explores what a group exhibition can be, originates from the desire to collectively activate compositions. Something to be experienced, to be discovered. Something that stirs curiosity and does not court the desire to find uniform answers.
Mark Bain, Thomas Bakker (a series of improvisations in the course of the exhibition), James Beckett with HSUHF & Natalia Domínguez Rangel, Sanford Biggers, Lennart De Neef (work will be installed in October), Timo Demollin, Diego Diez, Thea Djordjadze (work will be installed in October), Carlos Irijalba, Runa Islam (work will be installed in October), Gabriel Lester, Jill Magid, Sanja Medic, Aileen (Micky) Middel, Leonard van Munster, Elena Narbutaitė, Karin Iturralde Nurnberg, Melik Ohanian, Antonis Pittas, Elisa van Joolen, Vincent Vulsma, Herwig Weiser, Marta Worner, Johan Zetterquist
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