Jenny Michel’s work unites objects, drawings, photographs, text and sound to create complex work series, whose content is layered with philosophical and scientific observations and theories developed from them. Layer upon layer of information forms the foundation of these works. Through the arrangement, collage and décollage of drawings and texts over a period of years, the works evolve into modular, labyrinthine total structures. Moving between science and fiction, Jenny Michel takes an ironic position on the absolute authority of human thought and reveals its ideal conceptions as ambivalent phenomena.
The two-part installation in the museum’s Project Room deals with the transformation of knowledge and the superabundance of information that surrounds us.
“Traps,” the first part of the installation, consists of cobweb-like structures featuring scientific and technical representations and forming a net along the walls throughout the room. They also serve as loudspeakers, having been fitted with tiny radio transmitters that capture the signals of the electromagnetic field to create sound.
A sea of adhesive tape hanging densely from the ceiling of the room forms the second part of the installation, “Fallen Gardens.” Text fragments, ripped line by line from various lexicons, are stuck to the tape. Like a rain of thoughts, our collected encyclopedic knowledge disintegrates before our eyes.
Jenny Michel studied visual communication and fine arts with, among others, Prof. Norbert Rademacher, Prof. Bjørn Melhus and Prof. Ursula Panhans-Bühler at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. She work has been exhibited at a number of galleries, including “System and Sensibility” at the Kupferstichkabinett Berlin (2013), “Drawing a Universe” at KA/10, Düsseldorf (2013), and “Privacy” at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2012). She was awarded the HAP Grieshaber Prize in 2010 and was a EHF fellowship holder of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in 2008.
The artist lives and works in Berlin.
23 Mar 2017, 7 pm