Wherever the Sunbeam falls
May 8 - June 6
Curator: C. Grace Chang
As long as there’s light, life carries on—the only variable is the form it takes. Through play and elements of speculative fiction, this exhibition explores this vital connection. In both Kenji Hirotomi and Yankun Yang’s interactive installation Speech Painter and LealVeileby’s new works, life is converted into light beams. But while Hirotomi and Yang distill visitors’ voices into a spontaneous audiovisual experience, LealVeileby catapults us into an otherworldly future with notes of kitsch and nostalgia. Though their methods and focus diverge, these works create a compelling dialogue between an inclusive, collaborative present and a dreamy, post-human futurescape.
In their video installation Panacea’s Tongue, LealVeileby explores a potential future ruled by light—literally. The video works’ gentle narrator details a world where light beams have become the dominant life forms. The video viewing area invites visitors to experience the work like a story hour of fantastical future tales punctuated by chaos and the shadows of old pains. Layered with physical objects, such as lustrous silver lab coats, ancient artefacts, and meteorite fragments, we end up in a future realm of quiet comedy and sublime imagination.
Speech Painter, on the other hand, actively roots itself in the present. The machine invites visitors to speak into the microphone and with each voice, the artwork evolves. While visitors must speak to participate, the actual language doesn’t matter—voices are transformed into digital, laser-like brushstrokes and a unique soundscape. Yang and Hirotomi specifically designed their program to eliminate language barriers and other barriers to participation, opening up each spontaneous work to more collaboration across difference.
Malmö - Sweden
Artist talk, 22 May, 17.00, online