Artist: Vanessa Enriquez
Office: Ece Pazarbas
Ariadne's Tape is an exhibition by Vanessa Enriquez who uses the magnetic tape of VHS cassettes as drawing material to activate the "meta-spaces" of the Drawing Lab.
The exhibition proposes to consider the architectural structure of the exhibition space, located in the basement of the building, as a metaphor for a cave and is interested in the magnetic strip as a drawing instrument capable of activating the "meta-spaces" in the place, but also in the viewer. The artist's project through this exhibition is to continue his exploration of the aesthetic and transformative possibilities of the VHS band, in response to the research of Dr. Jacobo Grinberg, a Mexican neurophysiologist, whose work has focused on the ancestral techniques used by shamans, geometric stimuli and meditation and their effects on brain activity.
Knowing that drawing is one of the oldest forms of human expression, considered also as a form of specialized communication even before the invention of the written language, and going back to the word "curé" and its rootlatine of the 14th century curatus, meaning "spiritual guide" or "the one who is responsible for the care (of souls)", we ask these questions as the guiding thread of the exhibition : Can a broader approach to this medium contribute to the activation of archaic forms of knowledge and perception that lie dormant in us? Can a team of an exhibition curator and an artist with a trained intuition transform the "meta-spaces" of the Drawing Lab into healing spaces?
Curator of the exhibition
THE ARTIST/CURATOR DUO
Vanessa Enriquez was born in 1973 in Mexico City and has lived in Berlin since 2008.
After training in graphic design in Mexico City, she earned a master's degree in Fine Arts from Yale University. The use of drawing as a contemplative and inquisitor practice is at the heart of her work. On the one hand, a technique to explore consciousness through repetitive and rigorous gestures; on the other hand, a method of investigating concepts and phenomena proposed by physics and non-dusal philosophies. With tools ranging from ink to magnetic tape, it deploys geometries, on paper or in space, that refer to the multidimensional nature of reality, recognize the material as well as the immaterial and defy the viewer's perception. She received a research and production grant from the Mexican Art Fund (2017-2020). His work has recently been exhibited in institutions such as the Querétaro Museum of Contemporary Art (2019) and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oaxaca (2020).
Ece Pazarbas works and evolves at the subtle border between conservation practice and artistic research, within the framework of his main profession. His curatorial and artistic practice revolves around interdisciplinary crossovers that result in alternative formats of education, exhibitions, situations and the creation of communities with strong ties. With a particular interest in multi-level experimental approaches, she has carried out numerous projects around sound, urban planning, digital and analog public space, participatory art, food, human body technology and perception.
Recent conservation projects include: Field Kitchen Academy, an interdisciplinary educational residency program, in 2019 and 2020; "The Things We are Made Of", a series of four exhibitions at the WAM Turku W-in Aaltonen Museum of Art, Finland (2020-2021); the exhibition "Cabinet of the Unknown" at the Berlin Werkbundarchiv - Museum der Dinge (2017); the main exhibition "Bank Blank" at 48 Stunden Neukiln de
Berlin (2018); "Memory Plates" as part of the Festival of Future Nows at Berlin's Hamburger Bahnhof (2017); "Muscle Memory" at the Kunstraum Bethanien/Kreuzberg in Berlin (2017); or the exhibitions "12/12" and "Turkish Art Nice and Simple" at the Tanas gallery in Berlin (2011-2012), co-created with René Block.
Among the many scholarships she received, she was privileged to receive a research grant from Olafur Eliasson's Institution for Space Experimentation (IFREX) in 2013. She is also a member of the board of directors of the Else Foundation and a member of the jury of the Berlin Senate and the local cultural offices in Berlin. She is also a senior lecturer at the University of Aalto in Finland.