Augmented Sunrise Beneath The Skin


Augmented Sunrise Beneath The Skin

FEATURING

Elite Kedan [MIA], Jamilah Sabur [MIA], Leo Castaneda [MIA], Domingo
Castillo [MIA]; Claude Eigan [BER], Ittah Yoda [BER], Jonas Schoeneberg
[BER], Przemek Pyszczek [BER], Manuel Rossner [BER], Daniel Weissbach [BER].

CURATED BY
GeoVanna Gonzalez

DATE
Opening: 7 July, 2018 6pm - 11pm
Duration: 8 July – 12 August, 2018
Opening hours: Wed. - Sat., 4-7pm

Augmented Sunrise Beneath The Skin features 10 artists producing work in Miami,
Florida, and Berlin, Germany. The exhibition seeks to expose and subvert the
infrastructural spaces and codes that dictate how our bodies relate to, live
and work in the cities we call home.
Miami and Berlin share more than first meets the eye. Both are cities of exile
and migration. Both are magnets for escapism and hedonism, battling with the
scourge of gentrification. And both face the increasing creep of invasive
infrastructure: expanding matrices of local and global capital; substratum
of socio-economic inequalities; globalized and standardized design protocols
that define how everything is built, and how order is dictated to every
denizen. Together, these artists offer a way of perceiving and subverting this
infrastructural space.
Year of the rooster by French artist Claude Eigan [BER] is a visualisation of
data collected during the recent presidential elections in France. Suspended
from the ceiling, the piece peers down at us in the shape of both mask and
landscape. Eigan’s sculptural forms reveal the terrain-disfiguring effects of
increasingly divided politics in our cities. Jamaican artist Jamilah Sabur’s
[MIA] installation Mnemonic for the Caribbean Sea, com bines geological theories
and family history, treating both as sites of generational memory.

Elite Kedan [MIA], Domingo Castillo [MIA], and Ittah Yoda [BER] examine the
operating systems that are shaping our post-human existences, speculating
within the histories and future possibilities of climate change, world building
and ecology. Kedan’s Watershed.Rug, is an area rug em bedded with screenshot
imagery from a program used to digitally model the Miami Everglades watershed
system. Watershed.Rug has a material and pragmatic delivery, intended to be
a soft ground cover for the cobblestone floor of the gallery and to act as a
seating area, a place of use, of interaction.
German artist Manuel Roßner [BER] and Colom bian artist Leo Castaneda [MIA]
construct computer-generated worlds and games that probe the inherent biases
and inequalities emerging in the futures being created for us. Castaneda’s
virtual environment, Item Showroom Flythrough, features sneak previews of his
videogame Levels and Bosses, articulated in both paintings and a digital

environment. Roßner’s UltraLight Beam offers a virtual walkthrough of post-
industrial buildings infiltrated by hyperreal pipe systems, breaking down

the thin border between the real and alternative world constructed in 3D
infrastructure software. UltraLight Beam’s candy-colored playground aesthetics
echo the forms found in Polish-Canadian artist Przemek Pyszczek [BER], whose
work explores displacement, personal history, memory and fabricated history.
German painters Jonas Schoeneberg [BER] and Daniel Wießbach [BER] both reference
grids, structural codes and blueprints. Decontextualized but still rooted in
their original history, Wießbach’s paintings allude to underground station
infrastructure: tiles layered and covered by graffiti, dirt and stickers,
they are remnants from a divided Berlin. Schoeneberg’s painting, Rip Me Apart
And Make Me An Asset, Veins Nest in Peace, is a structural piece made from
architectural building materials, fragments of drywall displaced in critique of
urban planning, a clash of form vs. function.
Augmented Sunrise Beneath The Skin is an unorthodox landscape that invites the
visitor to step from Miami to Berlin, from real to unreal, from nano-sized nooks
to satellite vistas as easily as skipping between tabs. Looking from one city
to another, one state of being to another, the boundaries between and around
each city, each state of mind, are dissolved; virtual and physical navigation
repurposed as a method to de- and recode our cities.

_ GeoVanna Gonzalez and Martin Jackson