Louisa Clement & Studio Miessen
Opening: 27 April 2018, 6–9 pm
Exhibition: 28 April – 07 July 2018
At this year’s Gallery Weekend Berlin, WNTRP presents a collaboration between Louisa Clement & Studio Miessen.
In recent years, Louisa Clement repeatedly used mannequins in her photographic series in order to pose questions about realand simulated bodies. The frame of references ranges from Edgar Adget’s shop-window photographs from the early twentieth century to more recent developments such as the genesis of the digital avatar at the last turn of the century. In both cases, a quite concrete “animation” – in the etymological sense – of the objects behind the window or the screen was at issue. In Clements recent series Avatar (2016), a mannequin of bright acrylic resin becomes a means to an end — a kind of placeholder – to interrogate forms of communication between avatars. In her new video series Not lost in you (2017) a hand touches this avatar in a very hesitant, tentative manner. The tight-fitting glove, however, prevents direct contact, any immediate sensory experience, and, in spite of the closeness and almost erotic interaction, ensures a clear and cool distance. Clement is interested here in the interface of the virtual and the real — the avatar can be in front of us, be touched, and yet a real reaction from it is impossible. Even the shaking of the mannequin is externally controlled.