In his treatise Elements, Euclid defines a line as a "breadthless length... which lies evenly with the points on itself"1 . This idea of a circuitous, infinite connection, inclusion and enclosing, is the basis for an exhibition programme, in which Sally Morfill and Ana Cavic, Tamarin Norwood and Louise Stern are points on a line that lengthens and reshapes over the three weeks of the show. In this exhibition, straight lines collapse, reconfigure and acquire breadth through the individual artists’ respective approaches to translation.
For the month of April amaCollective have curated a series of interventions for the exhibition The Naturalness of Strange Things. The reactive programme, the line that (...), will feature invited artists Tamarin Norwood and Louise Stern, whose interjected works over two consecutive Thursdays will expand and extend upon the notions of dialogue, translation and loss.
1 Faber, Richard L. (1983). Foundations of Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry. New York: Marcel Dekker, Appendix A, p. 291.
the line that (breathes) - 16/04/2015 - 6.30 - 8.30pm
From April the 16th, Tamarin Norwood’s piece A Line Describing a Curve Describing a Curve (2015) will become part of the exhibition. The remnant of a pre-existing work, the film shows an object recovering and breathing, regaining form to rest as an altered version of its original self. It is the physical representation of something that, through a translation process, has changed in a fundamental way while still respecting the form, or perpetual line, of dialogue. A Line Describing will be accompanied by a new text, alluding to the notion of the line as a link, whether it is written, drawn or spoken. By addressing the concept of leftovers in a conversation, those that have been part of an artwork, part of a dialogue and part of a collaboration, the work expands upon the permanence of line and breath as part of something continually present. In combination with the works already in the space, Tamarin Norwood’s piece will encourage a different interpretation of loss, as a transformative element rather than a diminishing one. Ultimately resulting in a connection with the words of Ana Cavic, whose poems flit between that of writing and drawing, and Sally Morfill’s drawings that are material renderings of the leftover parts of dialogue.
the line that (speaks) - 23/04/2015 - 6.30 -8.30pm
From April the 23rd, Louise Stern’s piece Extractions will become part of the exhibition, encouraging consideration of the nuances of speaking and conversation. By stitching together the monologues of different men, the concept of conversation is created. In the film, there is an uncanny feeling of something being missed, with attention drawn to facial movements. The distinct absence of elements of an average exchange begins to take form as the rhythmic piece is watched. The piece converses with that of the breathing in Tamarin Norwood’s addition and oppose the idea of dialogue as one circuitous line. Through these conversations of extracted material, things like pause, breath and movement become more present. The particular losses in the film converse directly with the other pieces in the show, making the audience aware of the intangible through the tangible.
all images courtesy of the artists and amaCollective