Past

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Janina Lange

ELSA

Opening | Friday, 26th of August | 5-9 pm

Duration | August 26th to September 10th

Curated by Hannah Beck-Mannagetta

Weather phenomena are an expression of the forces of nature and testify to an equally uncontrollable as fascinating change in the state of matter. To overcome a sense of powerlessness in the face of the weather and to grasp and master the ephemeral, humans employ meteorological measuring devices. At the same time, we personify the weather, give it names and picture those who supposedly caused it.

In sculptures and a video work, Janina Lange shows sensual manifestations of weather phenomena and mythological connections of the latter with explicitly female protagonists.

In figures such as the Rain Dove, the ice princess Elsa, and the Paracelsian Sylphs, women are given thermal attributes: they freeze, burn, steam, flood, and flicker across an LCD screen in the video work Tempesta. The accumulation of cinematic depictions of weather witches, goddesses and fairy creatures questions the way in which the feminine has historically been related to nature and the weather to the present day.

The translucent casts of lightning strikes that have struck the ground are an attempt to get hold of, materialize and translate the shape of lightning. Using light and heat, they are made through 3D scanning, stereolithography and a burn-out glass casting process.

Further the hailstone dents on a BMW bonnet bear witness to a destructive force. On the shiny surface, the geometric lines of PDR lights are refracted in the randomly formed impact dents.

In processes of replication and reflection, moments of diffraction emerge in the works in two ways: both visually-materially, and intellectually. Diffraction, as defined in feminist theory, breaks up and obstructs the reproduction of dualistic and hierarchical ideas of nature and culture.

The optical fusions of the works just as the method of diffraction are an attempt to open up new places of thinking in order to enable an unbiased, differentiated view of nature and gender as well as weather versus technical progress.

I am one with the wind and sky…

Let the storm rage on. My power flurries through the air into the ground

My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around. And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast*

* freely quoted from the title song of Frozen, 2013