2 March – 1 April 2007
HOW IMITATIONS GET CORNERED BY THE REAL
Hai Nguyen Dinh, Egill Sæbjörnsson, Christine Ödlund
The Journey of Niels Klim to the World Underground, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Gulliver’s Travels are all well-known works of literature. These satirical and fantastical tales stimulated and challenged the imagination in new ways, while at the same time they provided an alternative critique of contemporary phenomena. In each book the main character is a human being from our world, who suddenly finds him or herself in unfamiliar surroundings, inhabited by weird creatures and governed by outlandish laws.
How Imitations Get Cornered By the Real transports the unwitting participant to a new world, just as Alice or Gulliver are plucked from their familiar setting and arrive in an unusual environment. The exhibition is diorama-like and consists of three projects that combine two- and three-dimensional elements and which are brought to life by video and light projections. Assisted by music and sound, the installations function as spatial sculptures, in which the participant can move around and enter into the notion that they are visitors in another world. These theatrical landscapes appear as cutouts of an exotic if imperfect, far-off universe.