New Materialisms (Station 3.6)

14 - 28 . 10 . 2016
Town Museum Korčula
part of the exhibition-in-progress New Materialisms
artists: Martin Callanan, Ivan Marušić Klif, Eloi Puig, Goran Trbuljak
curators: Darko Fritz (Grey Area), Eilidith Lucas i Geoff Lucas (HICA)

Project New Materialisms has been a collaboration between grey) (area – space 
for contemporary and media art and HICA (Highland Institute for Contemporary 
Art), carried out through multiannual series of exhibitions, performances and 
lectures. New Materialisms project reflects historically divergent art 
practices and discursive fields of concrete and conceptual art, as defined in 
the 1960s. Project tackles understanding of those art practices through the 
discourse of post-media contemporary approaches to art as well as via 
post-digital condition of our every day life, whereby digital is interwoven 
with each aspect of our social being. New Materialisms strives to formulate a 
dialogue among important authors of concrete and conceptual art and 
contemporary practitioners who work within the post-media context, while 
assuming the design of aesthetic experience as a vital mechanism which has its 
agency in the process of creating the physical world.

Text Trends by Martin Callanan looks at our perception of words and data when 
displayed in graphical form thus studying the spectacularization of 
information. The work uses the data about the usage of Google search engine 
gathered within a four-year period, while reducing that process to some 
essential elements: searched terms vs. frequency of searched over time are 
presented in the form of a line graph. Through human perception of words and 
data, the work encourages the critique of the phenomenon of generating data.

In the untitled work by Goran Trbuljak, which is being at display within the 
permanent exhibits in Korčula's Town Museum, there is a hand counter which the 
author counts the visitors with, or, more precisely, the visitors who have been 
coming to his solo-exhibitions openings since the early 1970s. Those who have 
come more than once are counted only once. The second work is also without a 
title. Identical hand counter, but with another figure, one which shows the 
number of the people who came to his solo shows in 2016. With these works 
Trbuljak, via for him typical institutional critique, takes part in the 
questioning of the large quantification of the matters and phenomena in 
contemporary society from the first person position, which also reflects on the 
interpretations of the notion of new materialism seen through the optics of 
different fields that use the same term, but very often with different meanings.

The Internet project "The Fine Line H-K-H-F" by Eloi Puig connects four 
locations, namely HICA (Inverness, Scotland, UK), Grey Area (Korčula, Croatia), 
Hangar(Barcelona, Spain) and Funchal (Madeira island, Portugal), monitoring 
weather at each location in real time. The Internet document shows a map of 
Europe with four locations, from each the line is started to be drawn on the 
map and develops over a period of two months. Four lines change their 
properties every day according to the weather report. This process ultimately 
creates a dynamic drawing generated by the particular climate of each 
location.Four variations of weather are taken in consideration: sun, clouds, 
rain and extreme weather, from 9th August to 1st September 2016. Unfortunately, 
the huge fire that caught Funchal showed the importance of meteorological 
conditions and their vital impact on people and environment.

Puig's art book Speresaic was made with the experimental software called Roloc, 
which operates with chromatic code of images, id est analyses an image from the 
spectre of colours chosen by a user. An image is subsequently converted into 
stripes of different sizes, depending on the chromatic proportions of an image. 
An image is being recomposed into vertical stripes of pure colours. Speresaic 
demonstrates a selection of photography of a location in Barcelona and their 
repeated recoding via Roloc software. Upon the artist's invitation, the user 
Ljiljana Bomeštar, who visited Barcelona as a tourist, chose a set of five 
colours inspired by the location that she visited for the first time. Author 
then made a series of photo-works of the square that made an impression on the 
user (Plaza de Sant Pere) and recoded them chromatically.

Series of the portraits by Ivan Marušić Klif's colleagues and friends came to 
light via a special process. 3D scan of a face is shown on a screen of an 
analogue oscilloscope, which then directly rays the photo-paper. The 
oscilloscope was used for the manipulation of raster data, investigating into 
the nature of a visual signal.

supported by
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia
Endowment Kultura Nova
Dubrovačko – Neretvanska County
Korčula Town

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