dust to dust: of myths and men
International Exchange Exhibition with Luxembourg
Dates : 2018/11/17– 2018/12/029
Curator: Kevin Muhlen
Venue: VT Artsalon (B1, No.17, Ln.56, Sec.3, Xinsheng N. Rd, Taipei City 104, Taiwan.)
Opening: 17 Nov. (Sat.), 2018
∎12 – 5 pm Opening and tattoo activity
@VT ARTSALON (B1, No.17, Ln.56, Sec.3, Xinsheng N. Rd, Taipei City 104, Taiwan.)
∎4 – 6 pm _ Opening
@TheCube Project Space (2F, No13, Aly 1, Ln 136, Sec 4, Roosevelt Rd, Taipei, Taiwan)
∎8 pm _ Performance (by Kevin Muhlen)
@Beryl Music Studio (B1., No.94, Sec. 1, Roosevelt Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City 100, Taiwan)
Co-organizer｜ Casino Luxembourg, TheCube Project Space, VT ARTSALON
Sponsor｜ National Culture and Arts Foundation, Department of Cultural Affairs, FONDS CULTUREL NATIONAL LUXEMBOURG
Written by Kevin Muhlen
Dust as a beginning and an end. Dust as primal matter and last remains. Dust as the past, the present, and the future. Dust as a dead layer of the passing of time. Dust as lively particles suspended in the air. Dust as nothing, Dust as everything.
In this exhibition three artists, the duo Karolina Markiewicz and Pascal Piron, as well as Marco Godinho, explore our contemporary world and society through physical and mental recordings of the realms they encounter. Here the socio-political cohabitates with ancient mythology and philosophy, the factual reality meets the abstract and immaterial conceptions that have been populating human minds for centuries. Of course, the stories created by this process become new myths, fictions of our reality and poems to the everyday.
Shifts of notions, but also loss and gain of meaning and comprehension through cultural or contextual displacements, disappearances – even destruction – are at the core of the exhibitions statement. Hence the artists are deliberately blurring the lines by progressively erasing parts of their narrative and fragmenting the structure to leave the viewers questioning the whole and filling in the gaps mentally.
The exhibition itself spreads over two exhibition spaces – TheCube Project Space and VT Artsalon – making it impossible for the public to grasp its entirety without engaging in a physical movement through the city of Taipei. This migration of the public is an echo to the shifts provoked and questioned by the artists through the works in the exhibition itself.
It is in these trails of dust – gathered or spread – that the artists develop their concepts and write their stories of myths and men.