Keren Cytter, Dreamtalk
Contemporary Neuromythological stories by Keren Cytter
Opening: Sat. 2 Sept.17-19h
Exhibition: 2 Sept – 14 Okt
Galerieweekend: 9 en 10 Sept 12-18 h
'Cut loose from reality and yet engaged.' This is how the protagonists in Videodance, Dreamtalk and Atmosphere comment on the world they have left behind. You now find yourself in the mind of Keren Cytter. In here, a daily recurring ritual can change into a collectively muttered prayer or a nasty modern dance.
Tomato ketchup can be an avenging angel for a broken vase. Here, the music of J. S. Brahms, inspiringly accompanied by an untuned guitar, presents itself as an old German friend of young dancing Israelis (Videodance).
And so Keren Cytter goes her own way, while blaming others of being 'victims of conservative underground.' She even dares to surrender to narrative film,
though the plot always remains undercover. You are the plot. Similar to how you believe that you are adding color to life, or deliberately refuse to do so,
you are now forced to submit to the fact that neither people nor objects have a fixed place in this existence. You are part of an undetermined and purposeless whole, in which collectively celebrating your loneliness with your fellow sufferers is the highest possible pleasure.
Did you ever realize that if you'd estimate your dreamworld at its true value, you'd no longer need these companions at all? The past has enough to offer,
and even then direction was absent. A re-experience can therefore provide new information, eventually offering the clarity, which often seems so necessary. Suddenly you no longer have to be surprised to find that, though sex is an important motive, you now long for love (Atmosphere).
Reality-tv but also art-videos hold the power to determine our lives and it is useless to refuse to believe this. And so, as soon as you set eyes on him,
Mark becomes your 'best ugly friend from high school' as well. And then, of course, it is time to eat. Basil, tomatoes and pasta, breathing in and out,
and regular toilet-visits are definitely necessary elements with which to fill the gaps in the broadcasting-schedule. Perhaps friendship will be the first victim, but there are more important issues at stake (Dreamtalk).
Jehovah-witnesses and many others may question the justice in our existence, but Keren Cytter's videos leave no room for such doubt. The organism does what it stands for. It lives, beyond the boundaries of dream and dead.
Jan Willem van Dam, Rotterdam 2006.
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