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IN THE ROOM WITH DEAD ACOUSTICS, RITUAL IS A MATTER OF FUZZY LOGIC by PAUL BARBU
15/07/2021 @ 12:00 pm - 13/08/2021 @ 6:00 pm UTC+3
(Almost) any staging involves an operational tripartite bond: an operator, an object / corpus of objects and a spectator / observer. This matrix of a scenography, a turbulent process with its own cascades of options and requirements, multiplies the narrative possibilities within a ritualistic geometry of tensions.
Paul Barbu stages an elastic space-time, whose logic requires multiple stages of truth, evolving and crystallizing like a ritual. This dynamic system relies very much on the spectator / observer, whose gaze arouses the narrative towards a cycle of interpretation, thus determining the basic condition of presence. The organic, so obvious at a first glance, is part of an antithetical corpus, in search of an aesthetic rather functional than organic.
“In the Room with Dead Acoustics, Ritual is a Matter of Fuzzy Logic” may be about assemblies, but this is an incomplete perspective. Rather than focusing on the identity of the object, the exhibition questions the presence and relationship of objects, to each other, in space and time.
“My work explores a cinematic way of relating to sculpture and space, without narrative implications. The architectural / filmic arrangements and the juxtaposition of the randomly found objects, create a sequential experience. Composition is an event in time, a configuration temporarily linked by the relationship between its parts. The viewer is required to be open for a dynamic perception, determined by the approach to objects andthe exploration. I see my sculptures as being multidimensional, in the sense that each angle offers a different perspective. ”
“In the studio, curiosity is a key factor in how ideas can be tested and manifested through the physical manipulation of materials. The artist is at the center of his self-created world, being involved in experimental approaches to concepts, techniques, forms and aesthetics. When I work, I always remember something Phyllida Barlow said: ”