25 January to 3 March, 2013
24 February, Sunday, 3 pm
Public talk with artists and curators of the exhibition
“The Decelerator” is an entity, a device, designed as an installation to actively slow down how we perceive time in relation to ever-accelerating technological advances, which are approaching the speed of light in a complex and tangential web. This exponential speed increase creates a change in how we relate to land and space, bringing the physical world closer together and fracturing trajectories of thought and consciousness in multifarious states of being. Without responsible forethought, this increased connectivity can be intense, volatile and violent. Viewers of “The Decelerator” are encouraged to find a perspective, a footing, that, while engaging and dynamic, is also tenable within its framework.
Originally presented simultaneously in Berlin, Budapest, and New York City in 2011, the return of “The Decelerator” means the device has been temporarily restarted, on the other side of 2012. It’s a revolving door through the past, to a different time, place and reality that was, seemingly moments ago, the present.
Eight video artists from Europe and the Americas present a variety of video art. “The Decelerator” involves a subterranean sound piece commissioned for the exhibition by the German Industrial musician Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten). This sound piece, the murmuring thread, will play throughout the respective spaces. The mix of work installed within this single soundtrack, presented simultaneously in three cities, makes this an exciting and conceptually new form of exhibition, which mirrors the conversations the show hopes to broach.
Co-curators Adam Nankervis, Kosma Zsolt and Leo Kuelbs all hail from different continents, as well, adding to the global aspects of “The Decelerator.”
A limited edition DVD catalog will also be available for a nominal charge.
Top: Vadim Schaeffler, Still from “Kugelstaat” Digital Animation, 2010
Bottom: Still from Joao Vasco's "Moving Landscapes, Chang Mai" Video, 2009, as part of "The Decelerator" and The Leo Kuelbs Collection
Video by FirmaFormat