Talk by David Mollin and Salomé Voegelin
Part of the 'Writing P h o t o g r a p h s' event series
Wed 8 Feb, 4.00-6.00, London College of Communication - Lecture Theatre B
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This performance is a talk, loosely based on the idea of an artist’s talk that demonstrates and discusses the voice and text as part of artistic production. Referring to their own work and its contexts in poetry, the news, architecture and language, David Mollin and Salomé Voegelin problematize through critical theory, live interventions and more colloquial discussion, ideas around words and language as things of image and sound, in contemporary art practice.
An ornithological interest meets the notion of technology and community through the presence of Villem Flusser, and gains a new articulation as swarm through the voice of Franco “bifo” Berardi; anecdotes, taken from the internet, on how to write will guide proceedings into the realm of Terence McKenna’s experiments with the hallucinogen DMT; and while the British geneticist J.B.S. Haldane will lead the charge into “the universe (that) is not only queerer than we suppose but queerer than we can suppose”, Hindu numerology and the particular numerological time structure of the virtual environment of the computer game, interjected by other concerns about words and texts will form the content of proceedings.
David Mollin and Salomé Voegelin are Swiss-UK artists working since 2008 collaboratively as Mollin+Voegelin on projects that focus on invisible connections, transient behaviour and unseen rituals. Their work reconsiders socio-political, architectural and aesthetic actualities through the possibilities of things, sounds, voices and words, whose invisible mobility invites an individual and collective inhabiting and promotes participation. Their work take the form of installations that as “dispositifs” lend shape and a setting to the performances that happen within them, and that in turn expand the installative material in a temporal mode. In this way they entail a relational dimension: bringing associations, conditions and dynamics into view and prompting different perceptions and insights in response to particular architectural, geographical or conceptual sites. Their work has been shown at Kunstraum Riehen, Switzerland 23.05-28.06.2015 and at Dar Bellarj, Partner Project of the 6. Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech, Morocco 24.02-08.05.2016, and the Showroom London (with Thomas Gardner). Most recently they have been awarded a highly remunerated Art and Architecture award from the Kunstkommission Bern, Switzerland, to realise a public art project in the city.
Writing P h o t o g r a p h s: A series of research events on the relationship of photography and writing – and how photographs are expanded, altered and dissected through text in the gallery context, by Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary Research Hub at London College of Communication, Spring/Summer 2017. The talks will be introduced by short presentations of works by current students and alumni.
Funded by UAL Communities of Practice fund, LCC Research fund and UAL Teaching Scholars award.