All Or Nothing At All
installation + video, 07:42, 2020

WRO Art Center / May 12-30

An oneiric vision of a disintegrating post-world begins with an aerial view of the Danish city of Viborg. Surrounded by water, the medieval center with brick houses covered with red tile roofs looks idyllic at first. Up close, however, this scenery rendered from thousands of digital photographs resembles an uncanny post-apocalyptic diorama with a shredded urban landscape or a ruined virtual space of a computer game. Seven identical androgynous figures dance in the deserted streets, singing All or Nothing at All. The 1939 standard performed by Frank Sinatra has been reinterpreted by Nina Vadshølt, transforming the song into an angelic, rebellious polyphonic chant of conflicting voices. The artist has also lent her physicality to multiplied avatars, the digital clones of herself. Their choreography is based on the original score Jerome Robbins created for the famous 1961 film adaptation of West Side Story (which was a re-interpretation of Romeo and Juliet). Robbins’ choreography was danced by Daniela Cilia, and her scanned gestures are re-played by the avatars. Disappearing underwater, the digital ruins are incomplete representations of a reality that no longer exists. In this world, artifacts and cultural creations – freed from the human comprehension of their original and overwritten meanings – are ‘replayed’ in a loop by fragments of code, like a strange entertainment for a bored operating system of a reality existing only as a simulation. This is a zero-one world with no transition zones for negotiating meanings and senses: there is only everything or nothing at all.

Persijn Broersen (NL), Margit Lukács (NL)

Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukács studied at the Sandberg Institute and at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, where they live and work. They use a wide variety of media – most notably – video, photography, animation, and graphics to examine the sources of contemporary visual culture. With video and installation pieces that incorporate (filmed) footage, digital photography, and animation, as well as 3D prints and images appropriated from the media, they demonstrate how reality, (mass) media and fiction are strongly intertwined in contemporary society. They create immersive parallel worlds of spectacular images fully absorbing the viewers in which ‘nature’ functions as a reflection for our media-dictated culture.

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