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Luis Berríos-Negrón, Visiting the Mutá Lambô ye Kaiongo Terreiro with Tata Mutá Imê, telling the saint of time, Tambú, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, 2014.

NONSPHERE XIV

LUIS BERRÍOS-NEGRÓN

ArtAndArchitecture #7

12 Jun 2014 - 31 Jan 2017

ERÖFFNUNG 12. Juni 2014, 18 bis 21 Uhr 

Ein Projekt der DISTRICT Kunst- und Kulturförderung in Kooperation mit der Malzfabrik.
Kuratorin: Susanne Husse

Öffnungszeiten: in Übereinstimmung mit unseren aktuellen Bürozeiten

NEXT / Malzfabrik
Bessemerstr. 16-22
12103 Berlin

 

 

Carson Chan: What is “that mental landscape”?

Luis Berríos-Negrón: The mental landscape could be interpreted as that mysticism, as how we think of cosmology. It is this unanswered question, an energy that we still don’t quite understand. I try to loosen those frameworks by not calling it neither religion, nor mysticism, nor spiritualism, nor cosmology, but by saying “that mental landscape”, that which connects us and the forms of knowledge that bring us together. And that’s why I call it an architectonic, which I feel is a productive term in order to deal with these unknowns. 

CC: And then the reticulation is the practice of this landscape? 

LBN: It’s the practice and how it is mediated, how it’s disseminated. How it connects through either the matter of making visible some unseen or some invisible condition. And then there’s the architectural, which is the physical manifestation of that. 

CC: For District you’re going to be producing a permanent piece for the stairwell of an office building, basically transforming the whole building into part of your work. A work, that deals very much with the casting of shadows. One of the quotes that you used in the description was from Marcel Duchamp talking with Pierre Cabanne in 1966 about how in each casting of a shadow of a dimension, you get the dimension before it – so, in three dimensions, you get two dimensions, in four you get three…  

LBN: I was concentrating on the staircase as a transitional space and its relationship to the elements of motion and time. The Nonsphere series initially entitles my exploration with greenhouses. The greenhouse can be seen itself as a boundary object for what’s inside and what’s outside. What does inside and outside mean, especially in the context of climate change? (…) What I’m trying to find with the greenhouse is the matter of temporal scales. It’s nothing new, that the human condition has completely disconnected itself from biological time, and cosmic time through modernity. The idea of motion. Having plants dropping, hangers coming from one direction and then crawlers coming from the other direction through this tesseract geometry, as a web of shadows projecting a polytope structure is how I’m trying to make visible, to make a preparation to see that intersection of those time scales. This goes very much side by side with the work that I’m doing for the Biennale in Brazil. There I’m collaborating with a condomblé spiritual leader. Condomblé is the Afro-Caribbean, Afro-American religion that fundamentally uses syncretism to exist. In this case, that means that African slaves hid their religion behind Catholic Christian iconography to look like they’re worshiping Catholic entities. 

CC: A form of practice that is hidden or stealthy or strategically practiced behind something else. 

LBN: Yes. Elusive. One of the most important saints or effigies, figures of the Angolão Paquetan nation (practice of candomblé followed by the community I am working with), is the saint of time, Tambú. When I started talking to the group’s spiritual leader, Tata Mutá Imê, he spoke about how time is what it is, and how time is erratic, and time is elastic, and he reaffirmed that it is not chronological, and that their medicinal garden signifies that. We’ve become unconscious to this matter of the different time scales, we’ve disconnected ourselves from them. How do we dismantle human-centricity in relationship to what we would like to think of as a natural phenomenon? 

Excerpt aus Luis Berríos-Negrón in conversation with Carson Chan on May 18, 2014 

Das vollständige Gespräch anlässlich Nonsphere XIV können Sie hier herunterladen. 

Nonsphere XIV von Luis Berríos-Negrón ist das siebente Projekt der Reihe ArtAndArchitecture. Die Installation ist für das Treppenhaus des NEXT entstanden, einem Gebäude des Architekten Jürgen Sawade, das heute zum Ensemble der Malzfabrik gehört. Seit 2011 widmet sich DISTRICT im Rahmen von ArtAndArchitecture der Ko-Produktion und Vermittlung ortspezifisch entwickelter Kunstprojekte, die in den Zwischenbereichen von Architektur, urbanem und sozialem Raum, Technologie und Kunst experimentelle Perspektiven zeitigen.