Grey Magic

Christoph Keller
June 27 – September 5, 2015

Magic Mirror Curtain2015 (center)

Mirrored and digitally printed polystyrene panels, thread

The large-scale mirror installation forms a spiral. Made from 125 individual suspended sections that have slight play, the elements align and de-align as coherent presence, showing in turn the mirrored surface on one and the pattern based on Keller's spiral drawings on their other side.

 

Grey Magic - Spirals, 2015 (wall)

Archival inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper, 14 parts
The works are from a series of prints that combines drawings of spirals with Keller's chapter-by-chapter summaries of Grey Magic, a 1922 novel by Salomo Friedlaender/Mynona.
 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Magic Mirror Curtain, 2015 (center)

Mirrored and digitally printed polystyrene panels, thread

The large-scale mirror installation forms a spiral. Made from 125 individual suspended sections that have slight play, the elements align and de-align as coherent presence, showing in turn the mirrored surface on one and the pattern based on Keller's spiral drawings on their other side.

 

Grey Magic - Spirals, 2015 (wall)

Archival inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper, 14 parts
The works are from a series of prints that combines drawings of spirals with Keller's chapter-by-chapter summaries of Grey Magic, a 1922 novel by Salomo Friedlaender/Mynona.
 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Magic Mirror Curtain, 2015 (center)

Mirrored and digitally printed polystyrene panels, thread

The large-scale mirror installation forms a spiral. Made from 125 individual suspended sections that have slight play, the elements align and de-align as coherent presence, showing in turn the mirrored surface on one and the pattern based on Keller's spiral drawings on their other side.

 

Grey Magic - Spirals, 2015 (wall)

Archival inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper, 14 parts
The works are from a series of prints that combines drawings of spirals with Keller's chapter-by-chapter summaries of Grey Magic, a 1922 novel by Salomo Friedlaender/Mynona.
 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Magic Mirror Curtain, 2015 (center)

Mirrored and digitally printed polystyrene panels, thread

The large-scale mirror installation forms a spiral. Made from 125 individual suspended sections that have slight play, the elements align and de-align as coherent presence, showing in turn the mirrored surface on one and the pattern based on Keller's spiral drawings on their other side.

 

Grey Magic - Spirals, 2015 (wall)

Archival inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper, 14 parts
The works are from a series of prints that combines drawings of spirals with Keller's chapter-by-chapter summaries of Grey Magic, a 1922 novel by Salomo Friedlaender/Mynona.
 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Magic Mirror Curtain2015 (center)

Mirrored and digitally printed polystyrene panels, thread

The large-scale mirror installation forms a spiral. Made from 125 individual suspended sections that have slight play, the elements align and de-align as coherent presence, showing in turn the mirrored surface on one and the pattern based on Keller's spiral drawings on their other side.

 

Grey Magic - Spirals, 2015 (wall)

Archival inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper, 14 parts
The works are from a series of prints that combines drawings of spirals with Keller's chapter-by-chapter summaries of Grey Magic, a 1922 novel by Salomo Friedlaender/Mynona.
 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Magic Mirror Curtain, 2015 (center)

Mirrored and digitally printed polystyrene panels, thread

The large-scale mirror installation forms a spiral. Made from 125 individual suspended sections that have slight play, the elements align and de-align as coherent presence, showing in turn the mirrored surface on one and the pattern based on Keller's spiral drawings on their other side.

 

Grey Magic - Spirals, 2015 (wall)

Archival inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper, 14 parts
The works are from a series of prints that combines drawings of spirals with Keller's chapter-by-chapter summaries of Grey Magic, a 1922 novel by Salomo Friedlaender/Mynona.
 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Grey Magic - Spirals (Chapter 7, Dark Purple Spiral), 2015 

Grey Magic - Spirals (Yellow Spiral), 2015 

Grey Magic - Spirals (Chapter 8, Magenta Spiral), 2015

 

From left to right

All works: Archival inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper

 

The works are from a series of prints that combines drawings of spirals with Keller's chapter-by-chapter summaries of Grey Magic, a 1922 novel by Salomo Friedlaender/Mynona.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Reprint of the first chapter of the original edition of Das Problem der exzentrischen Empfindung und seine Lösung by Ernst Marcus; A book by Christoph Keller, Published by Esther Schipper (left)
 
A Conversation between Christoph Keller and Detlef Thiel on Ernst Marcus’s Exzentrische Empfindung and Salomo Friedlaender/Mynona, 2015 (right)
HD video, sound, headphones, English subtitles
17:25 min
 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Reprint of the first chapter of the original edition of Das Problem der exzentrischen Empfindung und seine Lösung by Ernst Marcus; A book by Christoph Keller, Published by Esther Schipper
 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Mental Radio, 2015 (front)

Lamp, tripod, cot, pillow, pillowcase, blanket, sidetable, custom-made goggles, wireless MP3 headphones, audio loop, questionnaire, clipboard, egg timer

Mental Radio is a sensorial experiment. Visitors may lay down on the bench and take part in a psychological test involving telepathic image transference.

 

Magic Mirror Curtain, 2015 (back)

Mirrored and digitally printed polystyrene panels, thread

The large-scale mirror installation forms a spiral. Made from 125 individual suspended sections that have slight play, the elements align and de-align as coherent presence, showing in turn the mirrored surface on one and the pattern based on Keller's spiral drawings on their other side.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Magic Mirror Curtain, 2015 

Mirrored and digitally printed polystyrene panels, thread

The large-scale mirror installation forms a spiral. Made from 125 individual suspended sections that have slight play, the elements align and de-align as coherent presence, showing in turn the mirrored surface on one and the pattern based on Keller's spiral drawings on their other side.

  

Mental Radio, 2015 (center)

Lamp, tripod, cot, pillow, pillowcase, blanket, sidetable, custom-made goggles, wireless MP3 headphones, audio loop, questionnaire, clipboard, egg timer

Mental Radio is a sensorial experiment. Visitors may lay down on the bench and take part in a psychological test involving telepathic image transference.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Mental Radio, 2015 (detail, front)

Lamp, tripod, cot, pillow, pillowcase, blanket, sidetable, custom-made goggles, wireless MP3 headphones, audio loop, questionnaire, clipboard, egg timer

Mental Radio is a sensorial experiment. Visitors may lay down on the bench and take part in a psychological test involving telepathic image transference.

 

Magic Mirror Curtain, 2015 (back)

Mirrored and digitally printed polystyrene panels, thread

The large-scale mirror installation forms a spiral. Made from 125 individual suspended sections that have slight play, the elements align and de-align as coherent presence, showing in turn the mirrored surface on one and the pattern based on Keller's spiral drawings on their other side.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Mental Radio, 2015 (detail, front)

Lamp, tripod, cot, pillow, pillowcase, blanket, sidetable, custom-made goggles, wireless MP3 headphones, audio loop, questionnaire, clipboard, egg timer

Mental Radio is a sensorial experiment. Visitors may lay down on the bench and take part in a psychological test involving telepathic image transference.

 

Magic Mirror Curtain, 2015 (back)

Mirrored and digitally printed polystyrene panels, thread

The large-scale mirror installation forms a spiral. Made from 125 individual suspended sections that have slight play, the elements align and de-align as coherent presence, showing in turn the mirrored surface on one and the pattern based on Keller's spiral drawings on their other side.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Mental Radio, 2015 (detail)

Lamp, tripod, cot, pillow, pillowcase, blanket, sidetable, custom-made goggles, wireless MP3 headphones, audio loop, questionnaire, clipboard, egg timer

Mental Radio is a sensorial experiment. Visitors may lay down on the bench and take part in a psychological test involving telepathic image transference.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Grey Magic - Spirals (Chapter 9, Light Blue Spiral), 2015 

Grey Magic - Spirals (Chapter 10, Brown Spiral), 2015

 

From left to right

Both works: Archival inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper

 

The works are from a series of prints that combines drawings of spirals with Keller's chapter-by-chapter summaries of Grey Magic, a 1922 novel by Salomo Friedlaender/Mynona.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Title Tool for an Imaginary Cinema, 2015 

Lightbox, plastic letters

The work consists of a light box with a set of letters which can be placed in two rows in order to spell short phrases. The artist initially selected 366 film titles to display, one for each day of the year. 

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Title Tool for an Imaginary Cinema, 2015 (seen from the street)

Lightbox, plastic letters

The work consists of a light box with a set of letters which can be placed in two rows in order to spell short phrases. The artist initially selected 366 film titles to display, one for each day of the year. 

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Grey Magic

Christoph Keller
June 27 – September 5, 2015
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Esther Schipper is pleased to present the sixth solo exhibition of Christoph Keller with the gallery.

 

Grey Magic brings together themes from Keller’s ongoing aether project, his engagement with fringe science and with parapsychological ideas. The exhibition combines sculptural interventions with the setting for staging a psychological experiment, a new series of prints, and a film project that will be filmed during the course of the exhibition in the gallery space.

 

A large-scale mirror installation forms a spiral that unites both rooms of the gallery. Made from more than 130 individual suspended sections that have slight play, the elements align and de-align as coherent presence, showing in turn the mirrored surface on one and the pattern based on Keller’s spiral drawings on their other side. In the second room, enclosed by part of the spiral, a sensorial experiment, Mental Radio, requests visitors to take part in a psychological test involving telepathic image transference. In the front room, visible from the outside, is an illuminated work, Title Tool for an Imaginary Cinema. A series of prints, installed in both spaces, combine drawings of spirals with Keller’s chapter-by-chapter summaries of Grey Magic, a 1922 novel by Salomo Friedlaender/Mynona that gives the exhibition its title.

 

Keller’s exhibition takes as point of departure the deep entanglement in early twentieth century Berlin Bohème circles where scientists, philosophers, artists, writers, actors, and other creative gures exchanged ideas. This period, dating roughly from 1906 to just after World War I, found a particularly enchanting, now somewhat forgotten expression in Mynona’s book. A volume reprinting part of an essay by Erich Marcus, whose theory of “eccentric sensation” (and a character based on the philosopher) features prominently in that book, several historical documents and texts by Keller is published on occasion and as part of the exhibition. 

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