The “Do it yourself” set allows a viewer to create his own, ephemeral composition
This exhibition will present
a new multi-media installation by the Polish artist Joanna Hoffmann. The show
proposes a concise articulation of Hoffman's artistic endeavors, featuring her
interest in interdependence between sound and its visual form. Harmonia Mundi.
Exercises in Perspective integrates variety of media which the artist has
been using so far: photography, artist's book, object, sound and video.
Hoffmann's work investigates
the problem of relativity of dimensions, permeability of human and cosmic scales.
Recognizing the cardiogram line and the sound of heartbeat as the essential
marks of the human existence, she relates them to phenomena described by physics
and astronomy. In her works, Hoffmann inscribes the event of heartbeat in
circular movements of planets, pursuing the Pythagorean idea of Harmonia
Mundi. Repetitive structures of her sound and video pieces parallel the
inertia of physical bodies.
Exercises in Perspective juxtaposes visual elements with musical piece
combining computer stretched sound of the heartbeat with sounds of planets as
recognized and written down in the form of musical notation by Johannes Kepler.
The viewer is invited to produce photographic prints of Kepler's notes, facing
the cardiogram line drawn on the gallery walls and experiencing the organic
reverberations of the sound of the heartbeat. Inserted in the exhibition is also
a new video by the artist in which acoustic and visual waves are juxtaposed with
ultrasonographic image of the inside of the human body.
The title of the exhibition
refers to the problem of perspective, crucial in the visual arts since the early
Renaissance. As the new technologies increasingly introduce new modes of
understanding and experiencing the world, this subject seems to be especially
relevant nowadays. In the age of virtual reality there seems to be no other
stable point of reference than ourselves and our imagination.