Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven – Serving Compressed Energy with Vacuum
- 24.04.2015. - 14.06.2015 2015-04-24
Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven is an artist. It’s a scientific fact. In 2009, she was a test subject in a study conducted by researchers in Leuven, Belgium. They proved that her brain works differently. It lights up entirely, with all parts of her brain firing simultaneously.
In other words, being an artist was never a choice for Van Kerckhoven. It’s a hard-wired condition, not a profession. For more than 40 years, her artistic practice has offered her a personal survival mechanism—a filter for processing her experience of life on earth, and for constructing its alternatives. This has fueled a complex corpus of interdisciplinary work, which she is still expanding daily.
Van Kerckhoven has used, amongst other materials, 16mm film and Super-8, animation, collage, computer graphics, drawing, installation, music and sound, photographs, plexiglass and PVC paintings, publications, scenography, sculptures, silkscreens, textiles, video, and Xerox. She tele-faxed serial text- and image-based 'Reports' to friends (and foes) at will. She wrote, designed, and distributed printed 'manuals' to explain her exhibitions, or 'registered' those exhibitions as videos, which later became new layered works. In the early 1980s, she furthered her pioneering use of emerging computer technologies as an Artist-in-Residence at the Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence in Brussels. All of her varied pursuits remain informed by overwhelmingly wide-ranging subject matter—from theory and thermodynamics to the materiality of plastic and the representation of women in pre-1960s soft core pornography. Arrays, ciphers, databases, equations, files, lexicons, logs, schematics and systems. Machines, mandalas, manuscripts and 'mind maps.'
From 25 April until 14 June 2015, Kunstverein München will present 'Serving Compressed Energy with Vacuum'. Curated by Chris Fitzpatrick and Van Kerckhoven, the expansive exhibition will be the artist’s most comprehensive presentation to date, with nearly 200 works produced between 1975 and 2015. Many of them are being exhibited for the first time, but all of them will be installed in an interwoven and anti-chronological configuration to show her practice as an interminable continuum of forms and ideas.
An eponymous 108-page publication will be available as a companion to the exhibition. Edited by Julie Peeters and co-published by Roma Publications and Kunstverein München, the book collates a rich array of rare archival material and new primary information in a parallel space for Van Kerckhoven’s more textual, graphic, and documentary approaches.
As part of a series of public programming, Van Kerckhoven and artist Danny Devos will present Force Mental on 28 April. The artists produced the serial publication from 1982 until 2006 and chronicled the Belgian underground music scene, as well as their activities as the noise group and venue Club Moral. After their presentation, Club Moral will perform live.
Altogether 'Serving Compressed Energy with Vacuum' is an X-ray of an artist’s practice—presented in the artist’s own words, mediated in its own dialect.