Ever since 1990, when I first exhibited Wolfgang Mally, I have been fascinated by his obsessive interest in the origins of our creatural existence. His works result from his own attempts, as an actor, to approach the internal processes of our world, to connect them to present-day thought and to generate unforeseeable ways of dealing with image worlds that captivate the viewer.
I am now delighted to present a view of his current work phase.
In this show, Wolfgang Mally makes reference to the molecular cloud Bernard211 *1 and the molecules of the human body. At Mutter-Ey-Straße 5, he opens up further possibilities for viewing these phenomena. The gels, developed in cooperation with the Institute of Vegetative Physiology of the University of Münster, whose cavities allude to human bodies, were exposed to a DNA transit there. This procedure forms the filmic and process-related part of the installation.
Parallel to the exhibition, two new works "Aus dem Labor für unausweichliche Interaktionen (From the laboratory for unavoidable interactions)" are on view, which he developed with the aid of gelatine creatures enriched with growth hormones, plants, jellyfish, electrons, organic semiconductors, and defective recording devices. A form that became an image through these processes is turned into an object in a further transformation process, which is in turn part of the installation.
"Wolfgang Mally is concerned with entering into a dialogue with nature, with learning in what kind of state and relationship we humans currently stand to it, and which realities we can create out of this web of interdependencies. For Mally, the relationship of man to his existence and the images that he has made and continues to make of his world and its basic materials has always been something very dynamic ... He deals with works that question existence.
That which could be existence and reality is today tested and questioned in his open laboratory. What appears to be digital is analogue, what seems to be computed has a phenomenological constitution. When navigating in these worlds, he is assisted most of all by beings or devices that have other sensoria at their disposal: plants, bees, sonar scanners, lizards, mobile phones, dinoflagellates."2
On the occasion of this show, a publication has been produced that provides an overview of his work until now.
*1 A molecular cloud attracted to a star, according to astrophysicists
*2 Gregor Jansen, from: Möglichkeitsräume - Aus dem Labor Wolfgang Mallys für unausweichliche Interaktionen, 2012