Artist Maike Zimmermann's latest project [city]Frequency, a multichannel audio visual installation, is a poetic, psychogeographic engagement with urban spaces.
Based on the artist’s personal travels and experiences in New York, [city]Frequency develops into an abstract narrative with an observational, anthropological perspective. Viewers experience overlapping narratives of the artist's city explorations revealed by audio textures such as layers of field recordings, spoken word as diary entries and excerpts of interviews that engage in a dialogue with the visuals. The visual content becomes a multi-layered and elliptical montage slowly revealing meaningful hints of individual pasts marking a 'trace', a 'punctum' in time and so gradually unfolding a meaning, a story.
The interviews with New York residents talking about their most significant place in the city (at times touching on issues of gentrification/environmental pollution) include a tattoo artist growing up on the Bowery in the 70's, a nun living in the West Village during the AIDS epidemic and an activist living on Gowanus canal. In juxtaposition to their stories, the footage includes views of how the spaces appear today.
[city]Frequency examines our emotional response to cities as places of transition and how we experience them through memories. Every city has a different feel and triggers certain emotions linked to memories and experiences only inherent in that particular space and time. In an age of fast and aggressive change it is important to keep up a discourse about spaces and their authenticity (history) through our memories. There exists a ‘feel’, an emotional level for a space to stay alive so we can remember: Where am I? Why am I here? What means the place for me? To make oneself aware of one ‘s own experience. “Frequency” means an unconscious, human, emotional disposition in relation to the city: as a longing/nostalgia. New York (still) embodies this as the 'City of Dreams' for many people.
A photographic triptych selected from the artist's urban haiku series will also be on display providing an integral contextual part of the exhibition experience. http://maike-z.com/haiku-series
With [city]Frequency Maike Zimmermann has developed a visually captivating, immersive and engaging audio visual installation.
Events in conjunction with the exhibition:
Urban Walks (curated by Carmen Billows)
23 March, 2pm– Andreas Lang: Notes from the Temporary City (Hackney Wick)
24 March, 11am – Stephen Watts: From Earth to Air: A Walk from Wapping to Aldgate East
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Workshop on Sound and Site (led by Iris Garrelfs)
25 March, 10am – 4pm at APT
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Artist Talk (with Maike Zimmermann)
31 March, 1 – 2pm at APT