Home / EnclaveLab / Enclave 7: EnclaveLab | Henriette Barthes

Enclave 7: EnclaveLab | Henriette Barthes

Jul 26, 2016

July 27, 2016 6-9pm
Exhibition continues to Friday July 29th
Open Thursday and Friday 12-6pm + until 8pm on Friday September 29th for Last Friday
First Performance in the UK by Berlin based artist Lars Hering.
Hosted by PANDO@EnclaveLab

Lars Hering explores interdisciplinary art and curatorial practices that materialize through
text, performance and experimental methods of display. After reading Roland Barthes’s
Camera Lucida, Hering became intrigued by the withheld photograph of Barthes’ mother,
which, having never been exposed, exists nonetheless as a subjective imagining in the
reader’s mind. Following interviews Hering conducted with international Barthes experts,
the descriptions were written in a conversational format. In his work ‘Henriette Barthes: In
reference to… (2015)’, Hering staged a dinner in which guests were invited to read
subjective descriptions of the image. Through this staged discussion a spoken image of
Barthes’ mother emerged.

PANDO intends to re-enact this dinner once more, but with a set of computers sitting
around a table hosting invited proxies. These proxies are collectives such as FormContent
and VS VS VS. Situated only virtually in the room, each proxy reads sections of the text as
spectators observe from the periphery while eating from a provided buffet. The rhetorical
performance becomes a proxy of the dicourse between experts, furthering the description
from thing and amassing subjective readings to an unknown effect.
Lars Hering considers the performance as representing a possible strategy to circumvent
concealment. Spoken-word is a medium, which can be memorized – in this case by both
audience and participants. There is no censorship for memory, which means there is limited
censorship for the ekphrasis. Creating a mental image through words does not depend on
any storage, database or archive. This connects to current issues within the Digital Age,
considering we live in a time where storage is taking over the importance of memory.

Interviewed experts are:
Prof. Dr. Geoffrey Batchen, Victoria University of Wellington
Prof. Dr. Patrizia Lombardo, Université de Genève
Prof. Dr. Michael Moriarty, Cambridge University
Prof. Dr. Magali Nachtergael , Université Paris 13
PD. Dr. Angela Oster , LMU Munich
Prof. Dr. Marjorie Perloff, Stanford University
Prof. Dr. Jean-Michel Rabbaté , University of Pennsylvania
Prof. Dr. Steffen Siegel , Folkwang University, Essen
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Tietjen , University of Vienna
Dr. Michalis Valaouris
Prof. Dr. Andrés Mario Zervigón, Rutgers University of the Arts

Supported by: Enclave, Goldsmiths University of London, GOLDSMITHSGALLERY

Curatorial Proxy

Share this entry