A Form of History | Silvia Hell @ ALERT studio (White Code)

ALERT studio (White Code). Silvia Hell. Opening: Tuesday 5th of November, 7:00 PM.


Hell’s focus is placed on the complex reconfigurations of European’s physiognomy between 1861 and 2011, on which a coldly analytical strategy of political re-mapping is applied. Through the clarity and simplicity of visual intuition, this channels a spectrum of multidimensional values in a single aesthetical shape, obtained through a progressive evolution to a pure volume. 

At the earth of the operation, a normalising and arbitrary translation system, which becomes precise parameter of scaling and proportion. The ambition of A Form of History is to stabilise an alternative geographical and historical model, trustworthy and, especially, functional. Instead of crushing the validity of the metrics which regulate the historical atlases, Hell’s visual style tries to partially rectify their semiotic configuration, imagining a co-presence or a parallel flowing of these two systems, which are heterogeneous and non-commensurable.

Moving between exactness and approximation, Silvia Hell re-modulates from the inside the idea of territory, using as a kernel an arbitrary statement that, following an induced methodology, becomes rule. The resulting cartographic writing helps rethinking the correspondence between geographical metamorphoses and historical transients “using other terms”; the objective is to create a model applicable to all European countries, including the countries of Eastern Europe, for which the identification of the variable values is more controversial.

In a comprehensive overview it seems that, from Hell’s expositional configuration, we can see emerge the deepest meaning of the constructional system theorized by Nelson Goodman. In this theory, every system is not only a way to see the world, but even (and mostly) a way of making it, of building it, showing the practices and the strategies which have slowly composed it.

Text extract from Silvia Hell: forms of history and cartographical writings, Simone Frangi, 2012

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ALERT studio functions as a pop-up-gallery.

The exhibition is on view between 5th of November and 29th of November. Visits will be programmed by e-mail.

ALERT studio is an independent project initiated by Raluca Demetrescu Alina Buga and Catalin Burcea in order to create a platform of research and promotion of contemporary artistic production. Taking on the function of alaboratory space, Studio Alert proposes a meeting between artists, ideas, directions and speeches from different areas of conceptual and cultural spaces. Critical thinking and interrogation are important and valued as research methods in the contemporary cultural and artistic field.

ALERT studio stands as a gallery project, connecting three areas of artistic exploration – PINK | RED | WHITE – into one space. But these coordinates do not mean indexing, labeling and restriction. They may intersect, combine in new shades, and may always communicate and trigger debates.


PARTENERI MEDIA: Modernism, ArtClue

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