life goes on
temporary installation at Operation Table, Kitakyushu, Japan as part of the exhibition "chamber of resonance" with Manuel Eitner, august 2012
In „Chamber of Resonance“ the german artist couple Manuel Eitner and Judith Egger show the results of their stay at artists in residence at Operation Table. Manuel Eitner continues his ongoing work creating collages by using film stills and other film- related photographic material. He wants to grasp the beauty and poetry of japanese culture but at the same time reflect on the desasters which have been put on the japanese people by nature but also man himself. This time he browsed through the second hand book shops and record stores, to take out some of their archived film stills and scanned the local newspapers for the right ingredients for his visual remixes.
In the series „bambi shop“ he presents now at Operation Table he combines the collages with ordinary wood from the homestore which he treats in a very raw manner.
This resonates with the former „clinical“ space of Operation Table as well as with Judith Eggers sculpture which is also made out of quite „ordinary“ materials: For her site specific installation „life goes on“, she wraps the 3 free standing operation tables which are already on site with thousands of joined yellow rubber bands which seem to crawl out of the gully at one side of the room. Chairs, a shoe and the large operation lamp fixed on the ceiling get sucked into this quite hungry organism. At one corner white petrusions can be seen, resembling eggs, cocoons or other signs of fertility and reprocication. In this piece, as well as in her performance „unknown white entity“ which she performed at the 5th Chiyofuku summer festival, Egger sympathises and identifies with unknown specimen and organisms which have a life on their own regardless of human concepts and ideas of aesthetics.
press release at Operation Table, 2012