Steffen Bunte at Galerie Jeanroch Dard, Paris
The work proving things deals with the search for traces as a method. By creating various experimental setups in the form of image and objects Steffen Bunte addresses the topic of exploring structure and shapes. The work also draws on rearrangement and restructuring of already existing objects and materials. His own photographs are extended by a selection of scientific artwork and collected things. These found objects gain a reorganized contextualization by a specific composition in the exhibition space, which allows visitors a different approach to material and object in the new setting.
An essential part of the work is mainly traveling as a strategy for gaining knowledge. With the investigation of the excavation of the future archaeological museum of Israel, the National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel in Jerusalem, Steffen Bunte‘s preoccupation with structure and form is transmitted in particular.
The images of stones Site I (A), Site I (B) and Site II remind of pictures, shot by a scanning electron microscope. Here physical properties, such as sense of scale completely dissolve in the large-format photographs of the imaged surfaces.
This bizarre but equally technical world of the macrocosm also builds the basis for the black pedestal piece 300?m, whose model is a greatly enlarged ice crystal. Here the borders between abstract macro photography and the images and forms, that we know of start to blur. Further this raises the question which aesthetic foundation is inherent in the visualization of perception and knowledge
Thereto shall establish the series Mars Science Laboratory, whose images are taken by the Mars rover Curiosity on the same-named mission, launched in 2012 by NASA. The work of the remote-controlled robot on the alien planet is analogous to the idea of curiosity and discovery.
In the context of the topics collecting, archiving, and displaying, the trolley Depot I, as well as the rack Depot II work as a method for excluding context. These everyday objects, alongside the small travel souvenirs (nasal spray, mobile phone, water bottle) are disposed of their original value and transferred to new situations. Hereby the resulting reorientation of the relationship between object and surroundings gains relevance. The revaluation and alienation through the marble detaches the trolley from its functionality and completely devaluates it of its practical use. The trolley and rack itself symbolically represent depot and archive, whereas in the exhibition they display nothing more than themselves.
until 8 January 2013
Courtesy of Galerie Jeanroch Dard, Paris