The Mind Knows What The Eyes Have Not Seen, 2018 Cloth, video animation 3 x 4 m
Credit: “PANDION AG”, “Offlocation The Shelf”

Defying Currents

@The Shelf, Berlin
13.07 – 22.07.2018




Text by Fritz Poppenberg

A rundown room. A video projection stretching across the wall, cast over a hanging cloth. Branches with leaves are supporting the cloth. A video animation is looping and the glossy, digital aesthetic of its bright, saturated colours contrasts with the dusty darkness of the physical environment: a digital blossoming in a space which has fallen into decay.

A rundown room. A video projection stretching across the wall, cast over a hanging cloth. Branches with leaves are supporting the cloth. A video animation is looping and the glossy, digital aesthetic of its bright, saturated colours contrasts with the dusty darkness of the physical environment: a digital blossoming in a space which has fallen into decay.

We observe the distortion of geometric forms that is a result of projecting on an uneven surface. The digital projection gains a tangible, tactile feel, and the process of image-making is reversed: an immaterial image gains a physical form. At the same time, the projection augments the material: a simple cloth takes on the apparition of a solid stone.

“The mind knows what the eyes have not seen” acts as an extension of the room, implying space behind the wall. Columns gradually shrink or widen, concealing or revealing a space behind them. The video itself is a digital fresco: a fusion of the natural world and the technological sublime that lets you fall into a suspended state.

Are the digital and the physical distinct, separate spheres? Physical reality is blurred into the intangible space created by the video projection. The effect is one of collage, in relation and extension of Gintare Simutyte’s collage practice. In keeping with the true power of the art form, digital projection and physical objects are fused in uncanny illusion while losing nothing of their own inherent qualities, adding to each other.

Columns flawlessly scaled, the imitation of nature, artificial landscapes and digital colors seek out the currents of perfection underlying life. The spaces Gintare Simutyte creates are sourced in humanity’s ongoing attempt at perfect order, distinct from nature and yet according to nature’s highest laws, seeking them out.

In looking at the artist’s work, we see her create a space of intuition, for a moment, transforming it soon after. A feeling gives rise to a thought: It is not that we are exempt from perfection. As much as we are a part of it, there is a secret to it. For we have a heart to follow, and if we do we might find ourselves, swiftly and fleetingly, in a place that exists nowhere else.

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