The Plastic Laboratory – Bärbel Praun
From the 14th of December XPO shows the exhibition ‘The Plastic Laboratory’ by ARE (Artist Residencies Enschede) guest Bärbel Praun.
Opening: 14/12/2017 at 17:00
Period: 14/12 – 17/12/2017
Open: Fri/ Sat/ Sun 12:00 – 17:00
Location: XPO – Stroinksbleekweg 2, 7523 ZL, Enschede
At Sunday 17/12/2017 Bärbel Praun will be in the space to talk about her exhibition in a little tour. There will be two starting moments to join in at the tours, at 13:00 and at 15:00.
The Plastic Laboratory
Obsessed with plastic, waste and consumerism, Bärbel Praun presents in ‘The Plastic Laboratory’ various ‘exercises’ and ‘field researches’ of hers dealing with these topics. How do we respond to overwhelming facts of climate change and global warming? How would one be able to really understand these numbers we daily read in the newspapers, how to react? Is
there any solution to all of this?
The English philosopher Timothy Morton whose work explores the intersection of ecological studies gives this issue a name: hyperobjects. This term has been put forward to explain objects so massively distributed in time and space as to transcend localization like such gigantic entities such as climate change that the risk of abstraction, distance and denial is extremely high.
Confronting herself with both the feelings of awkwardness and numbness and the urge to react and act throughout the work process resulted in various ‘exercises’. In translating this encircling noise allowed her to give the unspeakable, the invisible and the vast matter a space, form and voice.
Within installation, photography and video performance she creates a space for exploration – a world between frustration and fascination.