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Paul deMarinis: Formen, Spuren, Löschungen

11 September 2010, 11:00 - 07 November 2010, 17:00
Opening: 10 September 2010, 20:00
Presstalk: 09 September 2010, 14:00
11 September - 7 November 2010

Curator: Carsten Seiffarth, Berlin

Opening: Friday, 10 September 2010, 8 p.m.
Press conference: Thursday, 9 September 2010, 2 p.m.
Paul DeMarinis: Dinner at Ernie’s (Part of the installation The Edison Effect, 1993)
Paul DeMarinis: Dinner at Ernie’s (Part of the installation The Edison Effect, 1993)

With Paul DeMarinis’s Forms, Traces, Deletions the Edith Russ Site for Media Art presents the first retrospective of the American artist which features important works from the 1970s to current productions and thus encompasses the entirety of the artistic endeavours of this pioneer of media art.

DeMarinis devotes his attention primarily to physical principles and the development of communication media. His works are often based on an aesthetic reinterpretation of existing physical phenomena and technical instruments. His objects, apparatuses and installations are his own inventions with which specific technical and scientific occurrences are made useful in a critical, humorous and poetic fashion.

Paul DeMarinis: Al and Mary do the Waltz (Part of the installation The Edison Effect, 1993)Paul DeMarinis: Fragments of Jericho (Part of the installation The Edison Effect,1993)
Paul DeMarinis: Al and Mary do the Waltz und Fragments of Jericho
(Part of the installation The Edison Effect, 1993)

At the centre of the exhibition stands the 1993 installation The Edison Effect, which itself is comprised of nine autonomous arrangements. Several directly reference Thomas Alva Edison, whose inventiveness is given a slightly ironic homage in this piece.

In a completely darkened exhibition space, lasers scan old gramophone records, wax cylinders, holograms, coils, plates and phonographs records made of shellac or bee’s wax. The light reflected by these sound storage media are transformed into electric signals that are then played back on the loudspeakers. The light from the laser is controlled and altered by an old television set, goldfish and the exhibition visitors, among others.

Paul DeMarinis: Ich auch Berlin(er) (Part of the installation The Edison Effect, 1993)Paul DeMarinis: The Lecture of Comrade Stalin (Part of the installation The Edison Effect, 1993)
Paul DeMarinis: Ich auch Berlin(er) und The Lecture of Comrade Stalin
(Part of the installation The Edison Effect)


Like The Edison Effect, DeMarinis’ eight other works in the exhibition depict an intentional “misunderstanding” of technical instruments, communication media and physical phenomena. All nine exhibited works surprise, enchant and cause astonishment in the face of the potentials involved in the artistic use of technical devices and scientific phenomena.


Paul DeMarinis: Rome to Tripoli, 2006


Based on a recreation of the 1908 radio transmitter of Majorana, high voltage and a stream of vitriolic acid convene to broadcast the corrosive and unwelcome sounds of Western culture (Mozart, Verdi, Bavarian Waltzes and Futurist poetry) toward un-attuned ears.


Paul DeMarinis: Dust, 2009


Dust
presents a fragment of the artist's collection of missing children flyers, scanned sequentially into the light-memory of phosphorescent powder.


Paul DeMarinis: Tongues of Fire, 2004


Film recordings of vibrating flames representing the articulation of speech, based on 19th century manometric flame devices.

All nine exhibited works surprise, enchant and cause astonishment in the face of the potentials involved in the artistic use of technical devices and scientific phenomena.


Paul DeMarinis: Hypnica, 2007


Electronically rigged metronomes speak in the voices of hypnotists to lull the listener into a receptive aural state.

Since July, the 25th, the exhibition is supplemented by the sound installation RainDance by Paul DeMarinis on the Julius-Mosen-Platz in Oldenburg. It enchants with a surprising sound experience: fine water falling from six nozzles contains music which is only audible through an umbrella. Visitors are invited to listen to music in this artificial rain.



Events


Sunday, 25 July - Sunday, 26 September 2010

Paul DeMarinis: Raindance
Sound installation at Julius-Mosen-Platz, Oldenburg more...


Monday, 13 September 2010, 4 - 6 p.m.

Media Education Lounge with Nanna Lüth
Exhibition tour and ideas workshop for Multiplicators (free of charge).
Please apply until 9 September at vermittlung-erh@web.de or 0441-2353208)


Tuesday / Wednesday, 14 - 15 September 2010,
4 – 7 p.m. (Tu) and 4 - 6 p.m. (We)

Potz-Blitz! Build and programme a control device for LEDs with KH Jeron for young people from 12 years on
Attendance fee: 5 -15 € / person


Saturday, 25 September 2010, 6 p.m. - midnight

Night of the museums, hourly free exhibition tours and
presentation Jana Linke: EMDAS – Eine Maschine, die Arbeit schafft, machine performance, stipend project 2009


Thursday, 30 September 2010, 5 - 8 p.m.

Late opening hours with exhibtion tour at 6 p.m.


Thursday, 30 September 2010, 7 p.m.

Presentation of the three new projects of Ralf Baecker, HeHe and Anahita Razmi in the course of the stipend programme of Edith Russ Site for Media Art 2010, supported by Stiftung Niedersachsen
Seminarraum, Edith Russ Site for Media Art


Thursday, 21 October 2010, 5 - 8 p.m.

Late opening hours with exhibtion tour at 6 p.m.


Saturday / Sunday, 23 - 24 October 2010,
2 - 6 p.m. (Sa) and 10 a.m.- noon (Su)

Demontage. Discerning image editing via stop motion film. Workshop/Training for teachers and other adults with Christian Gude and Nanna Lüth
Attendance fee: 5 – 15 € / person


Thursday, 4 November 2010, 5 - 8 p.m.

Late opening hours with exhibtion tour at 6 p.m.


Press interviews by appointment.

Inquiries: Sabine Himmelsbach
Tel. 0441-235 2568
Fax 0441-235 2161
E-Mail: info@edith-russ-haus.de

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Curated by: Carsten Seiffarth

Funded by

Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Katharinenstraße 23, D-26121 Oldenburg, Tel.: +49(0)441/235-3208, Fax.: +49(0)441/235-2161
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Friday 14:00 -18:00, Saturday - Sunday 11:00 - 18:00, Monday closed info@edith-russ-haus.de
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