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Is the desire for invisibility and absence in the visual arts an expression of “Zeitgeist”?

Sander, Ralf (2018) Is the desire for invisibility and absence in the visual arts an expression of “Zeitgeist”? In: Hide-and-seek: Absence, invisibility, and contemporary art practices, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, pl. Szczepański 3a, Kraków. Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art (Krakow, Poland) Organisers: Faculty of Art The Pedagogical University of Krakow, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art. Vol n/a (1) 13 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

This paper aims to enhance the understanding of current tendencies and strategies of disappearance within visual arts. It is the outcome of my works, strategies and observations about the power of the invisible. Permanent visibility and surveillance are the unrequested effects of the attention society and attention economy but artist react with strategies of disappearance and concepts for invisible art.I have participated in hundreds of competitions and installed internationally more than 25 public sculptures, among them monumental stainless steel sculptures such as “Mirage” for Busan and “Connected One” the flagship sculpture for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. My most satisfactory works are literarily and sometimes deliberately invisible.My project Shadows of the past, investigates the impact of missing, absent or removed monuments and their presence in collective memory. The concept is to reconstruct the shadow of a removed or destroyed monument, oftentimes removed because of a change in political powers.The Invisible Monument There is only a description plaque in Bloomington, USA. I tested impact and believability of information in public realm within this artistic strategy.EntanglementI presented a series of images and prints, closed in dark boxes/suitcases. Once the images are exposed to light they disappear. They are portraits, secret portraits, people of public interest. The installation refers to the " Schroedinger`s Cat" thought experiment.Emptiness and absence A solid piece of sculpture occupies space. I made the opposite; I shaped the empty space and highlighted absence.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Lecture)
Keywords:ABSENCE, INVISIBILITY, CONTEMPORARY ART PRACTICES, Ralf sander artist, konferencja-hide-and-seek-bunkier-sztuki-krakow, visual arts, Zeitgeist,shadows of the past, Schroedinger`s Cat, void, emptiness, entanglement
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Art
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute > Creative Ecologies
Art and Design Research Institute
ID Code:40042
Deposited By: Mr Ralf Sander
Deposited On:24 Apr 2018 20:22
Last Modified:24 Apr 2018 20:22

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