“A cut and a slice is there any question when a cut and a slice are just the same.
A cut and a slice has no particular exchange it has such a strange exception to all that which is different.
A cut and an occasion, a slice and a substitute a single hurry and a circumstance that shows that, all this is so reasonable when everything is clear.” —Gertrude Stein, What Happened: A Play (1922)
The space is a metaphysical arena of continually intermittent appearances and disappearances. Anselm Kiefer has said that no empty place is really empty: everywhere is filled up, “almost claustrophobically” with all the traces of the past. The past is always there in the present. I am proposing to work with these traces or “ghosts” as raw material.
Understanding the world in a sculptural way is for me to constantly undo what comes as a frozen stable construct. In this workshop, we will be training the eye and senses to see beyond the surface. By undoing and delayering what surrounds us by a clean an informed incision. Introducing a material and conceptual approach to the problem of site. We will move across historical figures and disciplines that also consider the fabric of space-time as material to work with. While doing so slicing clinically through the material presence of the past.
Svetlana Boym – Taling, or, Ruinophilia