Here we present to you our first moment, of wavering and shifting endeavors. In Moment I | Ever— works by Ruth Buchanan, Damon Zucconi, Laurel Schwulst and Sydney Shen (Perfume Area) are brought together. At this moment we are broadly thinking about the lingering encounter and the anticipation that comes with it. We experience this with Ruth Buchanan’s chain curtain Staunch, IN and break, break, break (2018) that both simultaneously reveals, obscures, and slips from our fingers. Whereas, Serpentine (2016) by Damon Zucconi in collaboration with Laurel Schwulst and Sydney Shen is like the perfume it reviews, punctuating our senses with rapid bursts of text and sound.
RUTH BUCHANAN (1980* Te Ati Awa/Taranaki) is a New Zealand artist living in Berlin. Buchanan’s work is primarily concerned with the various systems at play in the production of culture such as libraries, collections, and artistic practice itself. Her process often begins in the archive, where case studies, artefacts, or works by other artists act as departure points for an interrogation of art as a discourse of organising, narrating, and problematising the world in which we live. She develops site and material specific strategies that include performance, sculpture, text, spatial structures, audio, film, textiles, and graphics. The construction of the public moment is crucial and is viewed as strategically staging the parameters of encounter and the manifold power-structures that subsequently come into focus. She has realised commissions at, amongst others, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Tate Modern, London; The Showroom, London; If I can’t dance I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam, the Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju and the Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe.
DAMON ZUCCONI (US, 1985) was an artist in residence at the Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. He frequently uses custom software and scripts to create his works and has been engaged with the practice of computer programming since 2010, producing works which are typically accessible online. His works utilize vision, literacy and pattern recognition to make plain our perceptual experience. His work has been shown in Spazio Veda, Florence, IT, Vleeshal Center for Contemporary Art, Middelburg, NL, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, NL, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, NL, New Museum, New York, NY.
PERFUME AREA is the collaborative writing project between artists LAUREL SCHWULST and SYDNEY SHEN. Readings, exhibitions, and projects include Totokaelo (New York), FUME Parfums (Los Angeles), Soylent (Los Angeles), Kodomo w/ Damon Zucconi (New York), left gallery (Berlin), Beautiful Gallery (Chicago), WFMU (Jersey City), KCHUNG (Los Angeles), Printed Matter (New York). Perfume Area vol. 1 was published with Ambient Works (New York) in 2015.
Thank-you to the Goethe Institut Rotterdam for their support.