Eternal Return

2018

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Eternal Return

a collaboration by Lundahl & Seitl and Scan-Lab Projects.

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Eternal Return is a contemporary art exhibition* existing of three entangled art works, a book*, and their physical and virtual display structures. Made to exist on their own, each artwork always remain virtually connected to the others, also over distance, in different exhibitions for example.

Philosophically, but also in practice: Eternal Return deals with how the nature of being is entangled with consciousness. What is: real, imagined and perceived? Appropriating different art forms and methods such as staging, choreographed movement, sculpture, change in temperatures, spatialised sound and 3d-scanned architectural point-cloud environments and objects. game-play and temporal structures from music and film Eternal Return is part physical objects part virtual reality. Conducted by a musical score merging avant-garde Ligeti with Bach – composers who lived hundreds of years apart - the hand of an unseen guide opening doors in-between cultural institutions which might result in a collide of narratives and unsayable lifeworlds of historical pasts.

When we are inside an art exhibition most people accept the concept that: art can be a representation of the world, rather than the world itself. But what happens if the exhibition immerse you and becomes your world, if only temporally. Eternal Return is a physical exhibition installation with port-holes, lenses and objects sometimes aligning, sometimes not, with its virtual extension- but also the other way around.

Outside of the museum, in life, it is harder to accept that reality, as we experience it, is what philosopher of mind Thomas Metzinger says: a mental stage set – in which we move inside.

In Eternal Return we can, so to speak enter the stage set of the world at night, when it is not used - looking at it from the outside - as a collection of objects. But we can also enter the objects and see this world from within from a first person embodied perspective and - in the advantage of art – with a new awareness also incorporating the illusions, the glitches and the projections of our own perception, as part of our reality.

The visitors first meet a cool temperature in gallery. Carefully choreographed, they enter the exhibition. The see a physical,though incomplete, outer shell of a world: a landscape of worn-out colourless objects and shapes that at first impression appear as fossile imprints. The objects that are frost-coated molds from historical buildings interiors: from the museum, the cinema and the theatre, induce the image of a metaphorical excavation site for ideology, culture and its mediums. Paradoxically, the site might also give a subtle futuristic touch, that could be correlated to the life-preservation process of cryogenics, or human embryos frozen for IVF procedures. Why is this? The visitor will eventually be greeted by an archivist guide who explain that they have entered a simulation archive collecting the fleeting nature of subjective experience and past times. By choosing a headset the visitors enter an experience at a random past space and time.

*Book by Malin Zimm

*Eternal Return - Curated by Björn Norberg for Färgfabriken 2020

Lundahl & Seitl