Lukács & Broersen – Double Nature
Recontemporary / Lounge
22 October — 3 December 2021
Opening 22 October, 6:00 pm
6.00 9.00 pm
Shown at Recontemporary
Wed. Thur. Fri. Sat. 15.30-19.30
*Green Pass mandatory
Recontemporary presents for the first time in Turin “Double Nature“, an exhibition by the Dutch artist duo Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukács. Through the use of different technologies, the duo tries to modify the method in which the stories are told, thanks to citations, references and incorporations. Immersive and innovative: the result is a combination of real and artificial. The works are able to transport the viewer into new, dreamlike but deceptive worlds, far from cultural references, in which the only protagonist is nature itself. Deeply rooted in European romanticism, wilderness is now threatened by civilization and technology. The representation provided by Broersen and Lukács, consisting of layered projections, digital animations and spatial installations, aims to reflect on a planet free from the weight of humanity. The exhibition opens on 22 October and continues until 3 December, within the spaces of Via Gaudenzio Ferrari 12 in Turin.
FOREST ON LOCATION Broersen and Lukács documented parts of the last primeval of Europe, Białowieża Forest, and created a virtual model of this wilderness under threat. Using a technique called photogrammetry, the duo was able to copy three-dimen- sional environments and elements in the forest by photo- graphing them from every possible angle. This virtual forest forms the backdrop to the performance by the Iranian opera singer, Shahram Yazdani. In collabo- ration with Broersen & Lukács he created a Farsi reinter- pretation of ‘Nature Boy’, the popular hit made famous by Nat King Cole. Soon after it’s success the song was claimed by Herman Yablokoff, a Yiddish Broadway com- poser who grew up in Białowieża. His lamentation Shvayg Main Harts (Be Still My Heart) tells a story about a Rus- sian immigrant who left for New York where he silences his heart and becomes isolated.
Exhibited art pieces
- Mastering Bambi 2011, Video, audio
- Forest on Location 2018, Video, audio
With a plethora of technology that unceasingly quotes, references, embeds and re-tweets, the way stories are told has profoundly changed. Much of Broersen and Lukacs’ practice is informed by these questions, deeply rooted in their interest in the workings of media and technology, intertwined with the history of ornament and the politics of depicting landscapes culled from political, mythological, (art)historical and filmic sources.
Their work, consisting of layered projections, digital animations and spatial installations, has been exhibited by renowned institutions and organisations worldwide, including the Biennale of Sydney (Australia), Rencontres Arles (FR), Wuzhen Biennial Now Is The Time (CN), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL), FOAM (NL), MUHKA, Gent (BE), Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR), Shanghai World Expo (CN), Today’s Art Museum (CN), Kröller Müller, Otterlo (NL), Haus der Kunsten der Welt Berlin (DE) / Louvre Paris (FR) for Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin and more.
Recent and upcoming shows are among others: The Botanical Revolution, Centraal Museum Utrecht (NL), And the Forests will Echo with Laughter, Eres-Stiftung, Munchen (DE), The Real of Unreal (solo) A4ArtMuseum Chengdu (CN), Forest on Location (solo), A-Space, Toronto (CA), On Earth at Le Lieu Unique, Nantes (FR), Shaping the Invisible World. From Radical Cartography to Virtual Landscapes at HeK, Basel (CH) and Rubble: A Matter of Time at Auckland Art Gallery (NZ) curated by Juliana Engberg.