Mimosa pudica


Johann Arens







Inauguración

8 de noviembre de 2019, 8pm


La exhibición podrá visitarse del 9

al 15 de noviembre con previa cita.

La muestra es una revisión al método tradicional de palpación, técnica de diagnóstico efectuado a través del sentido del tacto. Un paciente humano podría sentirse vulnerable, asustadizo o retraído, pero, ¿cómo respondería una escultura?

 

Findings on Palpation, la instalación de video a dos canales, proviene de la investigación en común de Arens y el Dr. Alejandro Granados Martínez, iniciada en los seminarios del Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, donde se debatía la relevancia de las esculturas táctiles y el cuerpo humano. A los participantes se les propuso negociar las posibles herramientas de simulación táctiles y sus implicaciones en la plasticidad escultórica, así como en la sensualidad corporal. Los seminarios incluían dos sistemas de simulación hápticas; uno construido para permitir que los médicos pasantes obtuvieran experiencia en exámenes rectales y de palpación, y otro que conectaba una escultura histórica con un ambiente virtual de parámetros alterados de resistividad superficial. La instalación fílmica resultante discute el secuestro de dicho software biomédico de imágenes, para concederle la dimensión escultural a las simulaciones, de forma simultánea en lo físico y en la interface virtual.

Johann Arens nació en Aachen, Alemania, y tiene una maestría en bellas artes por parte de Goldsmith, University of London. Desde entonces ha trabajado en comisiones públicas asignadas por Arnolfini / Art and the Public Realm Bristol, Jerwood Foundation London, Bold Tendencies y Kettle’s Yard Cambridge.

 

Ha sido becario en arte contemporáneo por la British School en Roma, y artista residente en la Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Space London y la Rijksakademie en Ámsterdam. En años recientes ha sido profesor invitado del Royal College of Art London, University of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Manchester School of Art y Gerrit Rietveld Academie, en Ámsterdam. En 2016 recibió el premio para artistas jóvenes que otorga la Neuer Aachener Kunstverein.

 

Exhibiciones recientes incluyen ‘Scenes of the World’, Pump House Gallery, Londres (2019); ‘Findings on Palpation’, P/////AKT, Ámsterdam; ‘digital_self’, IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin y el IFFR Rotterdam Film Festival (2018); ‘These Rotten Words’ Chapter Arts, Cardiff (2017); ‘Preis für Junge Kunst’, Neuer Aacherer Kunstverein, Alemania (2016); ‘Somatic Matter’, Le Foyer, Zúrich; ’New Acquisitions’, Fondazione Fotografia Modena; ‘Pillar Huggers’, Or Gallery, Berlín (2015); ‘TTTT’, Jerwood Space, Londres; ‘Emotional Resources’, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland (2014); ‘Internet Centre & Habesha Grocery’, Paradise Row, Londres (2013), entre otras.


Créditos de las imágenes:

Fotograma de Findings on Palpation, 2018

Findings on Palpation workshopsen el Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science, Londres. Fotografía de Lou Macnamara, 2017.

Mimosa Pudica         

Johann Arens

Opening: 8 Nov, 2019, 8pm

The exhibition is on view 9 - 15 Nov by appointment


The exhibition rethinks the traditional practise of palpation, the diagnostic examination by the hands of a doctor. A human patient may feel vulnerable, shy away or retreat, but how could a sculpture respond?

 

The 2-channel video installation ‘Findings on Palpation’ derives from the shared research of Arens and Dr. Alejandro Granados Martinez, which was put in place during workshops at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital debating the relevance of haptics for sculptures and the human body. Participants were invited to negotiate the possibilities of contact-based simulation tools and the implications for the plasticity of sculpture as well as bodily sensuality. The workshops featured two haptic simulation systems; one constructed to allow medics in training to gain experience in rectal examination and palpation, the other connecting a historical sculpture to a virtual environment with changed surface resistivity parameters. The subsequent film installation discusses a hijack of such biomedical imaging software to render the sculptural dimension of simulations, in both the physical and simultaneously the virtual interface.


Johann Arens was born in Aachen, Germany and received his MFA in Fine Arts at Goldsmith, the University of London. Since then he has worked on public commissions assigned by Arnolfini / Art and the Public Realm Bristol, Jerwood Foundation London, Bold Tendencies and Kettle’s Yard Cambridge.


He was awarded the Fellowship in Contemporary Art by the British School at Rome and has been a resident at Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Space London and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. In recent

year he was amongst others visiting tutor at Royal College of Art London, University of Fine Arts

Helsinki Finland, Manchester School of Art and Gerrit Rietveld Academie Amsterdam. And in 2016 he

received the Prize for Young Art by the Neuer Aachener Kunstverein.


Recent exhibitions include ‘Scenes of the World’, Pump House Gallery, London (2019); ‘Findings on

Palpation’, at P/////AKT in Amsterdam; ‘digital_self’, IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and

IFFR Rotterdam Film Festival (2018); ‘These Rotten Words’ Chapter Arts, Cardiff (2017); ‘Preis für

Junge Kunst’ Neuer Aacherer Kunstverein, Germany (2016); ‘Somatic Matter’, Le Foyer, Zürich; ’New

Acquisitions’, Fondazione Fotografia Modena; ‘Pillar Huggers’, Or Gallery, Berlin (2015); ‘TTTT’,

Jerwood Space, London; ‘Emotional Resources’, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland

(2014) and ‘Internet Centre & Habesha Grocery’, Paradise Row, London (2013).


Image Credits:

Video still of Findings on Palpation, 2018

Findings on Palpation workshops at the Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science London, photo by Lou Macnamara, 2017