A Wake: Still Lives and Moving Images
at Dumbo Arts Center
November 9 - November 25, 2012
On November 1st, 2012, the “Day of the Dead,” “A Wake: Still Lives and Moving Images” will materialize at Dumbo Art Center in Brooklyn, New York. Originally presented in Berlin, at Momentum Gallery, which is housed in an old German nurses’ training hospital, “A Wake” incorporates video, digital media, photography and film to create a space where media itself becomes a metaphor of the vale through which we pass–the translucent surface between observer and observed.
A wake is a ritual viewing of the body after death; a coming together to celebrate and mourn life’s greatest transition. It is also an emergence into consciousness, as well as a consequence, or a result. Taking this transitional point between being and representation as our title, “A Wake” confronts us with the process and presence of death in order to wake us up to the ineveitable result of time’s passage.
Curators Rachel Rits-Volloch, Leo Kuelbs and Adam Nankervis have selected works woven with the contemporary and contemporaneous dialogues of international artists. The selection of 17 works are presented as sheer veils, a contemplative processional and a space of saturation: different perspectives from which to observe, be observed and experience “A Wake: Still Lives and Moving Images.”
Yishay Garbasz and Nikola Lutz
Anna Bella Geiger
Installation view of "A Wake: Still Lives and Moving Images" at Dumbo Arts Center. Photo by Adam Nankervis