microResidency#78 Litten Nystrøm & Linus Lohmann
microResidency “The Lathe” at Bookshop Project Space of Skaftfell Center for Visual Art, Seydisfjordur, Iceland. Thursday 22nd August 2015. 5 to 7pm.
The microResidency The Lathe has been simultaneously developed by Litten Nystrøm and Linus Lohmann at the almost symetrical spaces of Prject Space at Skaftfell. Both Spaces have generated two complementary environments of work where both artists have been continuing their artistic research but this time in interaction with an audience.
Litten Nystrøm has structured her space as a workshop area with both a big board island and a small table beside one of the walls and in front of a lightbox with some wax figures on it containing mysterious objects. Audience has been invited to contribute selecting and drawing a figure imagining its content. Afterwards they have been invited to duplicate the image using a mixture of glycerine and gelatin in a metal box and hang it on the walls of the Project space. Meanwhile other processes have been developed linking her space with the one of Linus: intermittent photos taken by Litten of a turning hose rolled up and hung from the ceiling, and drawings made almost by accident with a weight covered by carbon copy paper that draws random traces as someone is displacing it on another piece of paper therefore leaving a blue trace. These drawings have been hung on the opposite wall together with a boat speed measure screw. Litten has tested a series of subtle processes guided by hazard and interaction between people and materials developing and revealing the graphic or visual content hidden behind matter.
Linus Lohmann has located one of his in progress living drawing machines to be surrounded by audience. A paper cylinder attached to a central axe in constant movement connected to another horizontal axe with a pen built with different inks that melt to create a color gradient on the turning paper. The machine (sometimes with a few interactions by Linus) has generated two drawings with multiple intensities and subtleties whilst witnesses have been able to share the process of attempts, tests, failures and hits Linus have generously brought itno the Prject Space and to the microResidency Project. The hypnotic soundscape generated by the machine together with the continuous and magnetic movement has derived into a series of conversations about these type of experiments that allow us to learn new ways of drawing.
Images: Carmen Soriano y Miguel Guzmán Pastor
Video editing: Carmen Soriano