Crumbling Down the Circle of My Iconoclasm
28.11.15 – 31.01.16
Under the title Crumbling Down the Circle of My Iconoclasm, visual and performance artist Miet Warlop presents an installation in which objects, props, gestures and performers interact and set out an ever-changing choreography within an exhibition’s set chronology. Warlop likes to describe her creative process as the bringing together of objects knocking about her studio that can be pawed and manipulated until they find their place as images. For this particular exhibition, they form a one-off assemblage to find a place in the KIOSK rooms. The dome room becomes a new arena for Warlop to gradually visualize her present-day interpretation of the Greek notions of eikon (representation) and klastès (one who breaks): an infinite, circular process of simultaneous creation and destruction.
Crumbling Down the Circle of My Iconoclasm is a succession of living images or ‘tableaux vivants’. In this visual universe, all elements are interconnected in a spinning loop of references that may take the form of a pair of revolving legs, a plaster cymbal, or a crumbling skirt-shaped object rolling in circles on the floor. The suggestion of handclaps, yelling, drums or the possible presence of a performer appeals to our imagination, as if a petrified audience applauds for a concert long since over.
Warlop presents a number of objects from her theatre production Dragging the Bone (2014) and reactivates them by mounting them on revolving mixers or combining them with new works, but also in performances. During unannounced brief interventions, the objects become props again, parts of a temporary sculptural situation. The appearance of a new image inevitably coincides with the disappearance or crumbling down of other images. The slinking of the supply of plaster ‘work’ objects is inversely proportional to the growing mount of debris. Every action or movement revibrates in the dome room and adds a visual or auditory mark to the overall picture.