People change and then they don't
27TH OF JUNE - 19TH OF JULY
Julia Spicina has created her latest art installation ‘People change and then they don't’, site-specific to Kunsthal NORD. It is a visual sound installation, it simultaneously does and does not want to please. The creation can only be seen and heard in a limited period of time, which both forces the audience to sharpen their attention and hinders them from experiencing it on their own terms.
With hot-tempered flames and a pounding audio, the creation is formally and aesthetically inspired by Nordkraft’s industrial past with fire and noisy motors. Regarding content the work points to a symptomatic tendency of fleeting and superficial experiences in a dominating immediate gratification culture, where entertainment and constant stimulation must be presented as quickly as possible.
As a short, intense passage in time, ‘People change and then they don’t’ is inspired by Walter Benjamin’s Das Passagenwerk. The German philosopher, in reference to many architectural passages of the 19th century Paris, claims that by focusing on the cracks, gaps and passages, we can illuminate new existential possibilities and open up for new insights, which are often revealed only through brief glimpses and fleeting senses.
Popularly expressed, it is exactly in the passage, in the transitions and in the unforeseen meetings, that the real art is hiding.
Julia Spicina (b. 1991) works with digital spatial installations, visual manipulation and interactivity. She is a bachelor in Art & Technology from Aalborg Universite. She is a member of Northern Jutland's Artists-Studio and former student at BGK Aalborg.