Recur

TENT. Centre for visual arts. Rotterdam

26th September / 16th October 2005

Recur was the third proposal to take place in TENT. within the framework of the project Second Circle. The exhibition was formed by pieces that make use of recursive structures. The main characteristic of these kinds of structures (also known as mise-en-abime, droste effect or feedback) is that they repeat themselves from a higher level to a lower level which, at the same time, becomes a higher level for a new lower one, and so on. This sort of repetition can be produced by “embedding” (an element contains itself over and over again, like Russian dolls) or by “reflection”, like between two mirrors placed opposite each other.

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Project of Self-Portrait. Every seven years I take a photo of myself. The rule is that I must appear holding the previous photo (in which I appear holding the previous one, and so on). The resulting pictures are placed on a descendant spiral around a huge transparent tube. They depict a image within an image, a feedback with seven years of delay. The work will finish on the eleventh photo or else when I die.

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Acrostic (2004) 10′ 05” sound, colour

In addition to the exhibition, I organized a screening of recursive films that included Powers of Ten (1977) by Charles and Ray Eames; eXistenZ (1999) by David Cronenberg; and some animations based on Escher’s lithograph Print Gallery (1956).

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