“The supermarket shelves have been rearranged. It happened one day without warning. There is agitation and panic in the aisles, dismay in the faces of older shoppers. They walk in a fragmented trance, stop and go, clusters of well-dressed figures frozen in the aisles, trying to figure out the pattern, discern the underlying logic, trying to remember where they’d seen the Cream of Wheat. They see no reason for it, find no sense in it.” Don de Lillo; ‘White Noise’
Uta Eisenreich is fascinated by the attempt to establish order into a reality, that is constantly leaking over the borders of comprehension. In her work this fascination is often expressed to a level of obsession. She employs existing methods of classification, super imposes them in a mischievous fashion, without disregarding an underlying sense of utopian optimism, that everything can find its place in a universal order.
Her latest work Vocabulary concentrates on our means of understanding reality; language being one of them. Is it possible to have any thoughts without having a language? What kinds of thoughts need a language to happen? How much does language influence knowledge of the world and how one acts in it? Can anyone reason at all without using language?
Vocabulary is an installation consisting of tableau's of strictly arranged clusters of numbered objects. Each object corresponds to a word. The clusters are displayed as still lifes, as if waiting to be photographed. The collections appear to be placed in an order according to a predetermined continuous logic. However, at closer inspection irrational storylines begin to emerge, until the initial recognizable order system is no longer tangible.
This work reveals functionality but also the shortcomings of language, the significance of association, the construction of sense and the idea that a word is just glued to an object for a reason that is rather circumstantial.
Initially appearing as a compulsively organized walk-in photo-dictionary, Vocabulary evokes the feeling of standing in hall, full of twisted mirrors.
Text by Zhana Ivanova
Exhibition: 15/10/05 – 19/11/05
Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS
1016 LZ Amsterdam