In the Shape of Things to Come’, kuratiert von Sonia Leimer, 18.01 - 02.02.2013
Kathryn Andrews & Christian Mayer, Clegg & Guttmann, Marina Faust, Alice Könitz & Stephanie Taylor,
Yves Mettler, Saskia Te Nicklin, Christoph Weber
& Release Ve.Schheft Nr.12

Ve.Sch - Verein für Raum und Form in der bildenden Kunst

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"Now it's too late…" proceeds from the show "Black Move" with Gilles Aubry. The installation relates to one of the oldest still running scientific experiments, the Pitch Drop Experiment, started in 1927 at the University of Queensland, Australia.
Next to the live stream of the experiment which demonstrates viscosity of Pitch, of which you get tar, is a reproduction of the experiment with bitumen which replaced tar in the roadbuilding industry. The Live stream has been setup as soon as the technology allowed it, in order to record and have more chance to witness the fall of the ninth drop, as for now, no drop fall has ever been witnessed by humanity. The bitumen, for now quite liquid, will asymptotically come closer to the mineral appearance of Pitch and escape our perception.
The installation displays two systems designed to capture movement from a material extracted from earth. A mineral material proceeding itself from organic material, and as such our possible future. So does the title no only refer to the never witnessed event and the urge of capturing and archiving all what happens, but also to the irreversible wound opened by the copernician revolution, the de-centering of the subject. With each drop, humanity loses a little more grip on and becomes an indistinct part of its environment.

Photo by Marina Faust