l∞p at TABLEAU CPH, feature in kunsten.nu and idoart.dk

 

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Silas Inoue´s exhibition l∞p at TABLEAU presents a sticky, yet mesmerizing aesthetic of immortality, situated in an undetermined stage between biology, technology and religion.

 

For a long time, the idea of immortality has occupied man – ever since the earliest religions, to the present day, where rapidly growing technologies make prospects of eternal life seem plausible. Influenced by our yearnings and fears of the infinite, the exhibition wavers between bliss and existential claustrophobia. Sugar-made organisms as well as disassembled computers are sunken into cooking oil, and animated deities intertwine with TABLEAU’s ritualistic flower arrangements, specifically made for the exhibition.

 

TABLEAU and Silas Inoue both incorporate in their work the concept of life and growing organisms. Working with flowers is ephemeral while Inoue’s focuses on the concept of immortality. In that way, the artist’s work and TABLEAU’s universe resonate.


Inoue’s Future Friture series depicts enlarged miniature organisms such as the freshwater Cnidarian ‘Hydra’ and the jellyfish ‘Turritopsis dohrnii’. While the first inhabits temperate and tropical regions over the world, the second lives in the Mediterranean and Japanese sea. In nature, these organisms have a rather special life cycle; they revert into an immature state only to grow old again later on in a continuous process. This alternation between old and young is making them somehow immortal – a phenomenon which for long has occupied researchers in the field of regeneration studies.

 

In the video work World Pop Drummer, a demonic creature is beating the drum in an irregular rhythm. The animation is WiFi-connected, and the rhythm is actually based on a statistical estimate of the increasing world population, calculated by deducting the birthrate from the significantly lower death rate. This means that every drumbeat represents an additional human life on the planet. Thus, the work draws rhythmic attention to a rapidly growing world population, and a resource scarcity that opposes the individual's desire for immortality.

 

It is speculated that, sometime in the future, eternal life can be achieved in a virtual world by uploading the consciousness into the cloud. The video work Forever Friture animates such a digital afterlife. A disassembled computer sunken into cooking oil (similar to the technology used by datacenters to save energy) is used as media player for an eternal upward movement into the skies, referencing both religious ideas of the afterlife and cloud computing.


Inoue's work is based on an idiosyncratic approach to nature and humanity – concepts that he considers inseparable. In his drawings, videos, sculptures and installations, he combines analytical observations of the world with intuition and figments of imagination. He describes the style as “quasi-Asian”, with reference to his half eastern and half western origin. The concept of l∞p is according to Inoue “like a snake eating its own tail – a fantasy of self-preservation in the age of ecological collapse and pending catastrophes.” 



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World Pop Drummer and Forever Friture has been animated by Ben Wheele


The exhibition is supported by: Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond, The Danish Arts Foundation, and The Council for Visual Artists for the City of Copenhagen

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ArtBerlin · duo w/John Knuth · represented by Marie Kirkegaard Gallery · 12-15 September 2019

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Palazzo Mold3
Palazzo Mold2


Residency at Palazzo Monti - August 2019

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SAMFUNDSPROGNOSER_ARKEN_007_Photo by David Stjernholm


Young Danish Art – Forecasting the Future · Arken Museum of Modern Art (Photo: David Stjernholm).


16th August 2019 – 15th March 2020

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Feature in Twin Magazine, March 2019

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Contribution for Tidsskriftet Dansk Sociologi, february 2019

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owΔηiʍa station, at Marie Kirkegaard Gallery, feature in Tzvetnik

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owΔηiʍa station, at Marie Kirkegaard Gallery, feature in Wall Street International Magazine

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owΔηiʍa station, at Marie Kirkegaard Gallery, feature in idoart.dk

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owΔηiʍa station, at Marie Kirkegaard Gallery, feature in kunsten.nu

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Interview by Sofie Amalie Andersen, published in Bornholms Tidene

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New studio at 51cth

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Contribution for Hvedekorn, November 2018

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Poster made for Terrapolis and Charlottenborg, November 2018

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Poster made for Terrapolis and Thorvaldsens Museum, October 2018