a love story
NEWS: CROSSFADES & TALK WITH MARIO ASEF: Jan. 11. 2019 / 7 pm !!
OPENING: Nov. 16th 2018, 6-10pm
as part of the official ArtDüsseldorf VIP Program
@ Gerresheimer Str. 33, 40211 Düsseldorf
Exhibition running Nov.17th – Jan. 12nd 2018
The video work Cenit tells a love story, turning this into a metaphor around the moment on which, the sun doesn’t cast any shadow. Mario Asef’s work revisited the vitalistic perception of life. Life is a fight for keeping every particle concentrated in a body. His work relates to the simple but stronger fact that existence is a condition within the universe, and that every human task, from mathematics, archeology, economics are exercises to compile with this task.
Cenit and Asef’s body of work generally are characterized by a vitalist position. His work proceeds from the observation that life is a constant act. Asef sees life as the ceaseless task of maintaining the heterogeneity of each of the innumerable particles comprising our organism, concentrated in a single body, but permeable and in constant interaction with the environment. All human activities, from mathematics, archeology, art, economics, etc. are expressions of this essential task, the struggle between the union and dissolution of the parts.
Mario Asef’s artistic works develop—as he himself states—out of “the illusory construction of social reality.” Mario Asef’s works are divided into three thematic categories: the realm of public space, the construction of which is language-based, the realm of history and writing about history as mediated reality construct, and the realm of scientific methods. His photographs, diagrams, videos, texts, and interventions in public space all deal with the legibility of normative orders that extend beyond purely grammatical micro-urban codes and which simultaneously integrate utopian and ideology-critical gestures. Mario Asef uses these normative orders to develop a methodology that combines causality with happenstance, pushing things into absurdity.
exhibition images by Achim Kukulies