Out of the black
Regina de Miguel, Sam Smith, Kim Westerström
curated by Lauren Reid
REH Kunst | Kopenhagener Strasse 17, 10437 Berlin
Opening Wednesday 11 January 19:00-22:00
11 – 27 January 2012
Lauren Reid is very pleased to present Out of the black at REH KUNST. This will be her first independently curated exhibition in Berlin and also marks the re-launch of REH KUNST following extensive renovations.REH KUNST is a ‘Raumerweiterungshalle’, a mobile expandable container, developed in the former DDR dating from the mid-sixties. It is made up of diminishing segments that can be telescoped out to create a space from 2 to 16 metres long.
Echoing the expanding architectural form of REH KUNST, the exhibition within will be imagined as a metaphorical telescope.
Visions of the universe have long caused us to wonder what is beyond our concrete and knowable realm of existence and to project into the future of humankind. Conversely, when we look out into the cosmos, what we are actually seeing is the past, due to the time that it takes for the light of distant stars to reach our eyes. Telescopes act as a lens or a portal to other dimensions of space and time that raise questions about the gap between our lived reality, imagined possibilities and their representation.
This exhibition draws together three artists from different corners of the globe who seek to contemplate the universe while simultaneously turning the lens around to gain a deeper understanding of self and our position in the world.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Regina de Miguel (Spain, 1977) Following 12 months of extensive research, de Miguel will be presenting Nouvelle Science Vague Fiction: a two-channel video that explores the connections between scientific analysis, perception and consciousness. The piece draws together musings on the end of the world, the sound of a black hole, visions of a
disappearing and reappearing Slovenian lake, and recreations of the spaceship ‘Solaris’ from the 1972 film of the same title. De Miguel has exhibited extensively including solo shows at Bastero Cultural Centre, San Sebastián and MUSAC León (2008) as well as a number of fairs and biennials, most recently Art Basel Miami (2011). Her work is held in Museum of Contemporary Art, Reina Sofia and other significant collections. De Miguel is represented by Maisterravalbuena Gallery, Madrid and Valle Orti, Valencia.
Sam Smith (Australia, 1980) will be exhibiting a new moving image work that mirrors a single domestic scene across two video channels. Shot simultaneously on a 16mm film camera from 1975 and a current digital cinema camera, the synchronised actions of a solitary protagonist bridge the technological time void intrinsic to the media. Smith is a video and installation artist currently based in Berlin. He has exhibited extensively within Australia and internationally including most recently in 2011 at 3+1 Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon; Momentum Worldwide, Berlin and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
Kim Westerstöm (Sweden, 1979) will be working directly with the architecture of REH-Kunst to create a new site-specific piece for Out of the black. Using collected personal objects, he marries the deeply personal with the conceptual by investigating memory, time and our connection to our surroundings. Westerstöm works with time based media, installation, photography and sound. He is a recent resident at GlogauAIR, Berlin (2011) and has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe.
ABOUT THE CURATOR:
Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Lauren Reid is an independent curator currently based in Berlin. She has gained experience working on diverse projects within Australia and internationally including a travelling exhibition inside a truck in Melbourne (Each atom of that stone, Mel O’Callaghan, 2010) and a pop-up Gallery in Hong Kong (The Evo Project, Ben Quilty, 2011). She programmed the Window space for 2011 at Grantpirrie Gallery, Sydney, one of Australia’s preeminent commercial spaces. More recently, following a residency at Node Centre for Curatorial Studies, she curated Conversations with shadows at the Grimmuseum.