Hyphen Hub Salon:  A Language of What May Not Be Said


Lundahl & Seitl

When: Thursday 29 September 2022
7:00pm doors | 7:15pm salon
8:15-9:00 | social

Location: Onassis Foundation, Olympic Tower (ground floor), New York, NY

RSVP to attend the event: asher@hyphenhub.com

For our first collaboration with the New York Onassis Foundation, Hyphen Hub will be conducting a salon showcasing Lundahl & Seitl, a pioneering duo of a new immersive anti-disciplinary practice within contemporary art and performance. The salon is part of a week-long series of programming organized by the Swedish Consulate and Scandinavia House in New York. Please see https://www.onx.studio/ and https://www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/artist-performance-lundahl-seitl-artist-talk/ to book the performance.

Christer Lundahl & Martina Seitl will be discussing their two works that will be installed and performed that week the Onassis Foundation: Symphony of a Missing Room (2009 – ongoing) and The Memor which was made with co-artists ScanLAB Projects.

Commissioned to coincide with Documenta Fifteen, in Symphony of a Missing Room – Echoes of Alternative Histories the value of agency and guidance is constantly negotiated in a dance of listening, adapting, and responding: not only to the immediate movement of your unseen guide but also to the objects and events from the past that have been integrated into the works’ choreographic score. As triggers for future experiences, these objects and events now surface and are played out horizontally in the present relationship. Friction between visual and auditory organs and the nerves of the skin between the two bodies temporarily become the artwork. Participants
wear sightless goggles that induce a spatial white-out, partly rendering our sensory interface to the world incomplete, and partly enabling a new relationship with the surroundings by blurring the distinction between sensing/reasoning, and body/mind. A guiding hand gradually earns our trust, while a whisper in the ear synchronizes our movement and breathing with the architectural sound in the headphones, which closes the sensorial loop between our body and the imagined space through a reversed engineering of the vision.

The Memor, made with London based co-artists ScanLAB Projects, involves VR technologies in friction with material objects and the human ability to receive a world. Inside the 3D-scanned environments, the visitor’s own body is present, as a ghost: an absent presence. The body enables the experience of virtual space becoming a wetware repository of minerals, bacteria, and traces of energy systems.
From Earth’s deep past as unicellular cyanobacteria, through to its post-anthropocentric future, The Memor is a testimony of all living matters’ close connection with geology: the surface of the earth stored within a lineage of objects, tools, and technological matters, inseparable from the human Umwelt.

The capacity of memory allows the human mind to experience music rather than
perceiving one tone after another. “The Memor” is a choreographed room that
passes through the visitor’s body like a song.

The installation is accompanied by: The Memor by Malin Zimm, a speculative fiction text and an expanded narrative framework. Objects and scenes in the installation thus take on a multitude of experiential modes: physical, virtual, narrative, and emotional. The fiction expands as the art installation evolves, yet its parts can be read and experienced in any order as a non-linear envelope.

As a piece of speculative fiction, the text moves from the old world to the new, weaving history and fiction together by picking up facts floating in the tide.

Their works and projects have been exhibited in museums and institutions such as the Swedish National Museum in Stockholm, Gropius-Bau / Berliner Festspiele, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Kunstmuseum Bonn (DE), Tate Britain (UK), Royal Academy of Art (UK), 66th Avignon Festival (FR), Centre Pompidou Metz (FR), 8th Momentum Biennale (NO), and the Kochi Muziris Biennale (IN) Lundahl & Seitl are supported by The Embassy of Sweden Washington D.C, Consulate General of Sweden NYC, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee and the International Program for Visual Artists
(iaspis), Stockholm Stad, Nordic Culture Fund, and Kulturrådet Sweden / Swedish Arts Council. Our thanks also go to Streaming Museum for their support in kind.

To book your slot for Lundahl & Seitl’s performance please go here : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/studio-showing-a-language-of-what-may-not-be-said-by-lundahl-seitl-tickets-410117381127

Credits
Eternal Return, 2019 / Lundahl & Seitl and ScanLAB Projects Max Čelar:
VR designer and developer Malin Zimm: Script collaboration and author of the speculative fiction The Memor – a companion to the exhibition
Rachel Alexander: Dramaturge
Cassie Yukawa-McBurney performed J. S. Bach’s Fugue in A Minor BWV 543 written for the organ, arranged by Liszt for piano
Performers: Pia Nordin, Rachel Alexander, Sara Lindström, Lena Kimming, Helena Lambert, Christine Sollie
Production by Lundahl & Seitl (SWE) and ScanLAB Projects*
Co-production STRP Festival of Art and Technology
Lundahl & Seitl Producer: Emma Ward
*ScanLAB Projects team: Matt Shaw, Soma Sato,