ALEX CLAPHAM & ANDREW HAINING
Alex Clapham and Andrew Haining's Dusseldorf installation is a continuation of their collaborative interest in spacial investigation, and there is perhaps no better way to investigate ideas and experiences of space, than using space itself to examine something else.
Dusseldorf in the first instance is an eclectic exploration and utilisation of space, serving to remind us that space is not solely consigned to the realm of the physical. A metaphorical patronage to the 'site unseen' and to unrealised feelings and potentials.
An examination of visual memory through physical space, memories of the physical are transferred into the forms and shapes of an abstract idea, and subsequently transferred back into physical space.
So how does one navigate the intangible using physical space? It is an ever popular concern, and not without good reason. We yearn for a clearer understanding of intangible ideas and concepts, ones that generally defy the possibility of a clear understanding. The more difficult it is to grasp, the harder we try to structure an understanding around it.
The existence of memories are tied up within our own individual experiences, and little else. They are memories of our interactions in physical space, but they have less grounding within the physical than we can often presume. The translation of those experiences back into a physical environment becomes a useful way of attempting to understand them, on a more solid, more familiar stage.
Are we left with any definite answers? No, of course not, but we’ll keep looking. In every nook and crevice we can fabricate for ourselves in the more definite space we inhabit called the physical world.
- Jack Stahel