There are various ways to cope with our disturbances of time and socio-political unrest. One may be the desire to lead a new start. Language Zone is Zero, the new João Louro project led by Spanish MEP David G. Torres reflects this desire: it is a physical destruction facility (the first full scale reproduction of the first atomic bomb dropped by Hiroshima) with the symbolic destruction embodied by various avant-garde art. It is as if society and art in the limelight would share the excitement of destruction, paradoxically it can be transformed into the will of renewal.
Another way to cope with the disturbances in the world is to create a parallel reality. This is a strategy Decoration shade, impulsive installation of soul Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe, spawned by Pedro Gadanho and Rita Marques, who, like the João Louro project, organized the inauguration of the Lisbon Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology this week (MAAT). Third exhibition Haus Wittgenstein – Art, Architecture and Philosophy, quoted by Nuno Crespo, also opened the door on Wednesday: part of Haus Wittginstein's 90s, a project from 1926 to 1928 was created in Vienna to create a home where art, architecture and philosophy crossed. Conflicts and relationships have been created by artists such as Ângela Ferreira, Vasco Barata, Horácio Frutuoso, Ricardo Carvalho, Leonor Antunes, John Baldessari, Bruce Nauman or Pedro Cabrita Reis, whose works and involvement engage in a critical dialogue with this subject in the field of architecture
This is the New York Duo, and Decoration shade, open the "Video Room" program, a new series of MAAT exhibitions that will explore the extended video concept beyond just traditional projection and arranging moving images with other art objects. The fact is that without the installation of several atmospheres made of architectural or theatrical paintings, it is also a cinematic project with a darker space, in which three cinema objects are emitted.
Jennifer Herrem, an artist who is also a member of the Royal Trux rock group, has been playing music, and has invited several well-known music lovers (Hot Chip, Devendra Banhart, MGMT, Gang Gang Dance, Kurt Vile, Primal Scream, White Magic, Sun Araw, Red Crayola) to ensure the sound of the project. From environmental research electronics – with a disconcerting hand, using environmentally friendly moments.
"This is both a film and an apparatus in which we ultimately represent different ways of being different, how to be in the world, from the imaginary universe created by us but inspired by Year 2000, an idea developed in 1960 by Hermann Kahn, who thought of a megacity that is somewhere on the California coast between San Diego and San Francisco, "says Jonah Freeman.
As Justin Lowe pointed out, fiction made from fiction and appearing in a series of rooms reflects an imaginary subculture: "We used this fiction and gave it the body by creating a parallel domain targeting several youthful subcultures. Each final level of the space corresponds to a biotope different. At the bottom, we wanted to face these minority cultures and society as a whole, or, if we want, what constitutes the dominant idea in us. "
Until February 25th Decoration shade invites visitors to enter the multispace area, spreading in small compartments. Utopia Subculture Maze: Bamboo Union, Royal Gordon, Disco Creeps or The Shade. Sometimes the interior space is more like a destroyed building or unfinished assembly, with lots of fun, mysterious or different, confusion and strange feelings: in front of us there are paintings, objects, computers, VHS tapes, lab bottles. "Many of these things are just ubiquitous debris that feed our homes and cities overloaded with excessive amounts," says Jonah Freeman, "and they differ from room to room because they must design our identity in certain activities, from life, clothes, or drugs. "
This is the fourth time the duo discovers this work. The first was in New York and last in Kunsthal in Charlottenburg, Copenhagen. Lisbon is the second European city in which it is experienced. "All reincarnations of this exhibition are different and equal at the same time," explains Jonah Freeman. "Many of the materials that make up are traveling from one place to another, but we always use the local materials that we adapt to. For example, in Istanbul, we have created a new room. In Lisbon, the total area is smaller than what we have borrowed, but All our research references are here. "
From the past and the future
Since 2007, the duet has been collaborating with projects that combine historical or imaginary stories, which are later converted into immersive installations, both in architectural and cinematic situations, which usually restore duplication of sight or psychotic episodes. "Why? I believe that we are always interested in the idea of creating an alternative reality that defends us from hostile reality and at the same time can act as a struggle for freedom, where other forms of expression and expression are expressed and expressed.
We live in a hyper age and viral microscopy. It is becoming increasingly difficult to understand universal and stable subcultures. We recommend highlighting leaders, group identities, or lifestyles related to creation or consumption, from music to fashion through film or technology. "That is true, and perhaps for this reason, more than just presenting the present, we are interested in a dilemma where we are both turning to memory and for a possible vision of the future," says Justin Lowe. "What we have just done is a reorganization of some of the different subcultures from past multiplication that will not happen in the future. All of this is invented, but of course it is based on narratives and information about the world in which we live."
Upon entering, the visitor arrives at the Victorian times, which Jonah Freeman describes as a shadow ecosystem – the "situation of revolutionary intellectual groups." Then we go to The Fort environment, "techno-hippies which uses very sophisticated computers, but at the same time undertakes a recycling rate that today is not unlikely as it is with another company involved in the marketing of psychotropic plants, "continues, the name of the subcultures on the scene inside Decoration shade, which always lies between reality and fiction. "After all, it's our world, just a little different," he laughs.
That is it. This is our world, but as we go through these blue doors, it is as if we are looking at it for the first time.