Sunday 18th May 2014
Herman Kolgen presents Inject/Dust Live A/V
Kings Place, London
Alpha-ville returns with a special edition of its LIVE series featuring for the first time in London the emotionally intense multimedia creations of award winning Montréal-based artist Herman Kolgen. On Sunday 18th May, Alpha-ville LIVE presents a double bill programme with Kolgen’s most impressive audiovisual performances Inject and Dust at Kings Place, London.
Inspired by 1920 Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray’s photography Elevate de Poussiere, Dust explores the changes in the state of matter. At the edge of the imperceptible, pigments are suspended around a magnetic field, random fibrous networks take shape and then form composite objects, hypnotic in their complexity. Sound particles paired with luminous aggregates exist on a scale that cancels out all points of reference.
Inject is a visual masterpiece in high definition awarded with the honorary mention at Prix Art Electronica 2010. In Inject, Herman Kolgen illustrates a loss of touch with reality, and the strange disconnection
between the physical and emotional states of being.
A human body is injected in a cistern over the course of 45 minutes. The pressure of the liquid exerts upon him multiple neurosensorial transformations. From his epidermal fiber to his nervous system, he reacts to influxes of viscosity in this liquid chamber. The performer had to be immerse for over eight hours a day in the glass tank, oscillating between weightlessness and lack of oxygen. With the aid of various digital video recording and photographic systems, Herman Kolgen assembled many series of temporal sequences images than then assembled into a flexible and modular body.
Kolgen looks at Inject now and sees its emotional charge, how its is aggressive and extreme but at the same time a perfect “example of how my life is mixed with my art”, how his art is very personal and has always progressed that way.
Kings Place website