Lievestraat 5, 9000 Gent (BE)
Opening: 2014/01/30 20:00
Opening times: 3 pm - 8 pm
Katrin Kamrau, Benjamin Verhoeven, Joachim Coucke
“A rich but brutal nobleman organized a dinner for friend and foe to show his wealth and power. The Greek poet Simonides of Ceos was a guest at this dinner. When for a moment he left the table, the roof of the dining room crashed down and crushed all attendees. All, except Simonides…The following days several family members came along, but the impact of the crash of the roof had been so severe that the victims were unrecognizable. Only Simonides was capable to identify the victims. Before he left the dining room he had seen where the guests were seated.”
The image of the place I was looking for is a quest for authenticity of images and translations of memories. By connecting experiences and objects to the spatial structure in which they existed or have been experienced, an image is created. To remember the experience or object we imagine with our eyes closed these spatial images while we try to activate and control the images during our virtual walk. This method of loci (locus in Latin means place), in which the external world is being connected to internal representations, raises questions about the possibilities to represent and manipulate images. The image of the place I was looking for creates space for reflection on the influence of a spatial structure or carrier on the creation of the final image in our memory. In the artworks of Joachim Coucke, Katrin Kamrau, Lisa Spilliaert and Benjamin Verhoeven several questions are raised concerning representation and reality. The research on the different ways of reading images and how our memory plays a role in it is brought forward.