SHADOWINVESTIGATION NUMBER ONE
Solo - exposition in the succesion of Knowhow curated by Coen Vernooij
at Het Klooster linkHet Klooster Tiel
In the context of Knowhow Anneke Ingwersen shows in the two spaces a combination of old and new works referring to the Shadowinvestigation Number One. In the first room, the office-like backstage space of the shadowinvestigator, a projected animated mindmap shows the ongoing conceptual changes of the shadowinvestigations. On the wall the tryptich of 'Halftonen en Grijstinten' hangs, consisting of three lightboxes. Some photographys on the defraction of light and shadow are presented too. A model of a black and white space stands there to be observed...
Before entering the second room the text of the Chinese legend is presented on the wall.
“Penumbrae once asked Shadow, ‘A little while ago you were looking down and now you’re looking up, a little while ago your hair was bound up and now it’s hanging loose, a little while ago you were sitting and now you’re standing up, a little while ago you were walking and now you’re still – why is this?
Shadow said, ‘Quibble, quibble! Why bother asking about such things? I have them but I don’t know how. ... In firelight or sunlight I draw together, in darkness or night I fade away.
Am I not dependent on the substance from which I am thrown?"
The visitor entering the second room runs into roomdivider-like screens, with moving shadows. They form with their layout a four pointed star - referring to layout of the window in the first room and the Octagram - The roots of the eight-point star symbol are in early astronomy. The eight lines are symbolic of the four corners of space (north, south, east, and west) and time (two solstices and two equinoxes). On the walls, the floor and the ceiling fractions of light are rythmically coming up and vanishing - a four pointed star on the ceiling is expanding and shrinking. Optical instruments behind the scene, as caleidoscopes and lenses, cause reflection and refraction of light too.
What will be revealed by hiding? What will stay hidden by showing?
Lecture presentation about the context of the light and shadow installation Shadowinvestigation Number One.
Science or magic rules... what ensures the sun to keep on shining?
Either I frame the Shadowinvestigation Number One in the realm of spirituality, a place of magic rules, ceremony and ritual to curb the chtonical fear of the dark. Or I go back to natural science and the ancient astronomers who observed the moon, sun and the eclips ( penumbras) to test the assumptions of their time about the position of the earth. Reading about those first actions of the Shadowclub my Shadowinvestigations started.
Either ... or....Light ... Shadow... reveals my interest in binary oppositions, digging in the field of philosophy.