So what’s it like to do this again and again? Set something up, tear something down. You want to make it last. Stuff a flightcase with the stories needed to create a personal narrative, then go on the road with it. When you strip something of its technical function, it’s more about your relationship with these things, how they make you feel. You’re never quite done, never just at the beginning. An infinite debut.
In his installation for Part One, Alexander Bornschein creates an environment in which objects, such as flightcases, lights and a sound system, that commonly travel and inhabit spaces of cultural production, create a narrative, engaging in a more personal way than one would expect. Three sculptures make reference to functional cases but strike us as dysfunctional with their soft materials and erratic construction, yet they have one specific function – they light the show. The constant drone soundtrack which is played back from a massive, but in its setup deconstructed, sound system seems to blend disparate worlds of the artist’s engagement with work and making art. A field-recording of a band’s conversation during soundcheck, various „Tour Life“ chatter, gets mixed with drum sounds and reverb. Aldous Huxley’s voice can be heard in between drum beats and fragments of a pop song. „There are two conditions for effective accomplishment, the most favorable condition is crisis (…). But you can’t keep up crisis (…), if it lasts for too long, people will break down under it. But the other condition under which people function at a very high level in general (…), is a condition of happiness.“ This idea may perfectly translate to the creative process in general, but does bring up an important aspect of the show: one’s state of consciousness. It is the soundtrack of this show which makes you feel that the relationship between the objects and the space is more important than the reference they make to places where you would usually find them, like a dance club or concert venue. When the boundaries of one’s own work, artistic production, labor in the cultural industries, dance music and the everyday dissolve – the functional becomes personal.