Performance by Melodie Mousset and Artist Talk by Owen Armour

Another Space: Permanent Construction | Performance and Artist Talk | Press Release | Installation Images | In Contemporary Art Stavanger

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Join us for a performance by Melodie Mousset and artist talk by Owen Armour in conjunction with Another Space’s “Permanent Construction” (on view at Open Source through December 1).

MELODIE MOUSSET has been working on her project, which is still ongoing, since 2011. She uses her own body as the center of an intensive process of mapping, indexing, investigating and narrativizing a self that always seems to be metamorphosing and slipping out into different forms as she attempts to take ownership of it. The project began with her mother’s potentially hereditary schizophrenia; as a way for Mousset to preemptively disassemble and to construct a new self, free of genetic and emotional baggage. Her organs are scanned in a prestigious medical institution in Geneva and reproduced, first as data, then as 3D printed models, then cast in wax and bronze and finally chiseled in marble. They become props and talismans that Mousset carries around with her as she departs the French port of Le Havre for Oaxaca, embarking upon a journey of self-discovery and recovery. When making a self, boundaries become fluid, the body expands. Insides and outsides, body and landscape, mother and daughter are confused and switched around. Things begin to look like each other: the smooth curves of a bell pepper at the Oaxaca market, the creases of her wax organs, the folding walls of a moist and dark cave.

In OWEN ARMOUR’s intervention the human figure also makes an appearance, but it is anonymous and hardly recognizable. We are only able to detect the traces of it as an amorphous cavity lodged in concrete. Armour’s work obliquely references the context outside of the gallery doors: New York City as the definite permanent construction site amidst property booms and tax abatements. It also engages with one of the materials that makes up so much of our urban environment. The installation, which consists of a second false floor, is a site for several actions: the first is by a body as it hits wet concrete; the second is by audience members as they begin to walk onto it. Merging the processes of construction and destruction, the gradual disintegration of brittle concrete also becomes an opportunity for new things to come into view. Looking at the literal and material traces of the ways that we imprint ourselves in the world and in our environment, Armour’s work suggests that such acts of construction cannot be understood without their corollary: the act of destruction.



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Francesco Simeti: Swell
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