Joep van Liefland “Time To Die”


poster for Joep van Liefland “Time To Die”

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The exhibition marks the Berlin-based Dutch artist, Joep van Liefland’s first solo presentation in Japan. Within his practice van Liefland focuses on the progressive changes in modern and contemporary information media, in particular in the area of video technology. Through producing various works that appropriate analog electronic devices as their motif from videocassettes to tape recorders and CRT television sets, Liefland encourages considerations regarding the impermanency of media forms as well as the rapid transformations of technology.
His “RGB” silkscreen series projects images on a monitor screen via analog signals consisting of the three primary colors of light: R (red), G (green), B (blue). By converting the light originally projected through electronic signals into an aggregate of the colors printed upon the canvas, van Liefland implies a process of transition in the recorded format of information.
In addition to the aforementioned RGB silkscreen series, this exhibition features both two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and collage works that appropriate VHS cassettes as their motifs. Also on this occasion, van Liefland presents his “Video Palace” installation within a cabinet in assemblage form, using products made by Japanese manufacturers. Van Liefland states as follows with regards to the exhibition: The title “Time To Die” and its main visual contain multiple notions from “mortality” to “transhumanism,” “machines (robots/A.I) taking over humanity,” “old technological systems dying,” and “bad food habits (the end of self-optimization).”



from October 21, 2017 to November 18, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-10-21 from 18:00 to 20:00



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