DATE: 28th June 2023 - 29th June 2023
TIME: Monday to Friday 10.30am to 5.00pm (Saturdays 11am to 4.00pm; late opening Thursdays 10.30am to 8.30 pm)
VENUE: SWEDENBORG HOUSE
ARTIST/S: HILMA AF KLINT | TONY COKES | NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG | MARCEL DUCHAMP | YAYOI KUSAMA | MARK LECKEY | GRACE NDIRITU | MERET OPPENHEIM | PETER SAVILLE | EMANUEL SWEDENBORG | APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL
CURATOR/S: Daniel Birnbaum and Jacqui Davies
HILMA AF KLINT | TONY COKES | NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG | MARCEL DUCHAMP | YAYOI KUSAMA | MARK LECKEY | GRACE NDIRITU | MERET OPPENHEIM | PETER SAVILLE | EMANUEL SWEDENBORG | APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL
CURATED BY DANIEL BIRNBAUM AND JACQUI DAVIES
TREMULATIONS, an exhibition in three chapters at London’s Swedenborg House, opens with the world premiere of Mark Leckey’s first virtual reality work: The Bridge.
Emanuel Swedenborg’s visionary universe is one of reflections and correspondences. Sacred scripture, he claimed, is a mirror in which we see God. At her request, he once introduced a young girl to an angel: leading her to a corner of his study, he drew back a curtain to reveal a mirror and the girl’s own face. Swedenborg, the author of On Tremulation (1719), envisioned a cosmos in which everything, including seemingly solid objects, vibrates. ‘In tremulations there are millions of variations’, according to the ninth and final rule of his doctrine.
The exhibition Tremulations, curated by Daniel Birnbaum and Jacqui Davies, presents objects from the rich archives of Swedenborg House as well as writings and works of art by, among others, Marcel Duchamp, Meret Oppenheim, Yayoi Kusama and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Structured according to Swedenborg’s Nine Rules of Tremulation, the exhibition will be presented in chapters manifested in physical, temporal and virtual space at Swedenborg House. Each chapter will include a virtual reality work produced by Acute Art: The Bridge by Mark Leckey (April); Hilma af Klint: The Temple (May); and It will End in Stars by Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg (June); plus 3 ‘corresponding’ works of projection. The first of these will be Phantoms of Nabua, by Apichatpong Weerasethakul; the second My Blood Self: Civilizations 1 by Grace Ndiritu and the third Testament A (MF FKA K-P X KE RIP) by Tony Cokes.
DANIEL BIRNBAUM is the artistic director of Acute Art, a laboratory for art and digital media in London. 2010-2018 he was the director of Moderna Museet in Stockholm. He is a contributing editor of Artforum. In 2009 he curated the Venice Biennale.
JACQUI DAVIES is a producer and curator working internationally at the intersection between art and film through her London-based production company, Primitive Film. Her film awards include: BFI Vision Award; BIFA Breakthrough Producer (RAY & LIZ), BAFTA-Nominated Producer (RAY & LIZ); ACE Producers Award.
GALLERY OPENING TIMES: Monday-Friday 10.30am-5pm; free admission (but booking required)
VR VIEWING RUNS
MARK LECKEY: 3 April – 2 May 2023
HILMA AF KLINT: 4 May – 13 June 2023
NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG: 15 June – 30 June 2023