Shock Strike Blow
Images from the installation Shock Strike Blow at Växjö Konsthall / Art Hall, Växjö (SE). 2016.
The installation includes various collected objects:
Seirogan or “Conquer Russia pills" and a seashell from the Pacific (JP)
Gold Ore rocks, miners clothes and helmets from a gold mine in Yekaterinburg (RU)
Tiles, metal and Velebit brand tape from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia's secret prison and labor camp Goli Otok (CR)
Iron Hook and etikette from a mercury mine - Zivo Srebro (SI)
Vinyl records, black madonna, postcard from the flea market at Place du Jeu de Balle/Vossenplein (BE)
Salt, bones and magnetic dry volcanic mud from the Mohave Desert (USA)
The book 'La Colonia Cecilia' by professor Arnoldo Monteiro Bach from La Colonia Cecilia (BR)
Other materials in the installation: fluorescent light tubes, led strips, cables, sand, soil, shavings, black garage bags, candy, tea, metal hook, mirror.
The installation was accompanied by a sound piece played through headphones worn by the public. In the 20 min. sound piece the artist tells you about the different places / objects and their respective histories.
Shock Strike Blow is a map of an infinite circle of destruction and resurrection. Cities and their buildings, towers and factories are torn down sooner or later. "Dead" unuseful objects and tools belonging to another time space remain.
Places where dramatic events have occured are often completely remodelled in an attempt to erase traces of tragedy or unwanted ideology. Why do we choose to render certain things visible and others not?
Nothing ever dies, it simply constantly transforms because of ever-changing historical contexts and continuums.
At the opening Merzedes Sturm-Lie performed 'Songs of the Mercury Capricorn / Chants du Capricorne Mercure'.