Mnemonic City: INTER-SCAPE

21 of September 2013 at Building Bloqs, London


Inter-Scape is the latest in a series of exhibitions by MAGMA under the project title “Mnemonic City”.Mnemonic City embodies the experience of the city through the exchange of personal memories by the artists, exploring the idea of the city as a receptacle, taking inspiration from Plato’s Myth of the Cave. The allegory explores the relation of humans with their environment, questioning what is real and what appearance is.

interscape_001After the focus on the market place in ‘Moving Streets’, the group’s previous exhibition, Magma Collective moves outward with Inter-Scape to the geographical margin of the city, zooming out after zooming in.

interscape_002Members of Magma sleeping rough for a night, in the Edmonton marshes interscape_003The Mapinterscape_004Edmonton is like a doorway between country side and city where things are left to rot, odd half constructions, abandoned, a lost land (re)conditioned by humans. We travel through miles and find one hidden village after another, yet, it is still London; the city does not seem to end. We see the signs of a broken power left by the human impact; it shows an attempt at calculation but its failure gives room to jump and explore new potentials in the use and perception of a space. Artists are humans too and bear a responsibility by generating new structures. We should therefore question our own effect upon this inter-scape through the work derived from our interaction with its ruins, estranged edifices and samples of earth within this post suburban non residential mixture between motorways and factories.

We see it as a passage to and from the city, a grey liminal edge. In this tentative natural area kept behind fences, communities live day to day, some have returned to a tribal state living on barges, in tents, on the edge of the canal which was once a high place of trading. We are asking people to leave the city as they know it and experience a sense of possibility, in the dormant state of a place. This means a place which holds the ghostly memories of an activity that became redundant. The work of the artist will consist in creating a point of reference where the margin evolves in the way a landscape passes at very high speed outside the train window. 

interscape_005the walkinterscape_006interscape_007“River” a performance by Sofia Figueiredointerscape_008interscape_009interscape_010“Drifting, Grasslands”                                                                                                                            a dance piece by Alexandra Baybutt, Mark Carberry, Lindsey Best and Wendy Windleinterscape_011interscape_012Below, on the left Carlos Mol during his action and on the right the installation “Walking the Line… forgot something about the future” by Bruno Jamaica interscape_013interscape_014Below pictures of the thrilling performance by the Purple Ladiesinterscape_015Rodrigo_Pics 11Interscape_016Interscape_017Interscape_018Above and below on the left, Onikakushi, an installation by Mario Frulio and Momoko Nishizonointerscape_019Below and top right, the installation “…thread softly because you thread on my dreams” by Réka Ferencziinterscape_020Below “Moirai” by Réka Ferencziinterscape_021Below the performance “A walk on the pole” by Rodrigo Cesar_MG_8068

From the outset Magma Collective researched and experimented on the relationship between the psyche and the environment. This led each artist to create a continuous response resonating with the rest of the collective as much as with the surrounding artistic and cultural community. Having initiated work around the idea of Mega City, Magma moved through Mnemonic City, a more detailed overview of the structure of urban survival in relation to the allegory of Plato’s Cave, to focus its attention on the centre of the city itself: the market place, the hub of ambiguous communication.

In Moving Streets, the space, observed and transformed into a work of art, appears as the site of an endless repetition. Yet, the details will vary, the values will change, people will be different or walk by at different times, and exchange words and currencies differently. There is therefore no solidity or permanence and this inspired Magma to look for this paradoxical inconstancy and this sensation of dissolving memory elsewhere in the geographical margin of the city.

After Dalston, and Ridley Road market in particular, Magma moves to Edmonton, a Saturnian ring around planet London. Behind this itinerary lies the idea of a creative re-mapping of the metropolis. An inversion occurs. Magma leads the audience to zoom out after zooming in. Where do the signals end, from the stone sinking to the water circles ? These signals, Magma follows right into the waste land, where remnants of nature collide with remains of industry. Here nature seems to be waiting in an in between zone to be entirely conquered or re-conquer itself in its entirety. 

written by Pascal Ancel Bartholdi

Inter_Scape_pics 14ART VIDEO AFTERNOON

Short movies inspired by the theme of Inter-scape been showcased at the venue

SHIFT Juan Carlos Zaldivar – 5m                                                                                                       Quest (Prelude) – Yuri Pirondi –  14.30m                                                                                                 (RE) BIRTH – Benjamin Minot –  8m                                                                                                       ZoneX, Ebb and Flow-The Phantom Promise – Pascal Ancel Bartholdi – 12m                     PROJECT A19 – Rupert Jaeger vs Julien Thomasset – 5m                                                     Commuting: Dark heart of the Lea – Bill Howard – 7m                                                                   Ines von Bonhorst – Immutable – 15m                                                                                     Shahrzad – Koorosh Asgari – 7.44m                                                                                               Brooch Pin And The Sinful Clasp – JoWOnder – 18.29m                                                    Mourning Circle – Ioanna Theodorakou – 3.11m

interscape_022interscape_023The Galleryinterscape_024“Not with love but with fear” by Jaime Valtierrainterscape_025“The Night” by Jaime Valtierrainterscape_026“Untitled” by Irene Pulgainterscape_028“Untitled” by Irene Pulgainterscape_027“Island” by Yuri Pirondiinterscape_029“Heron Interogation” by Julien Thomassetinterscape_030“In search of… ” series by Réka Ferencziinterscape_031interscape_032interscape_033_DSF7985 copyTop and below on the left “Soll uns Haben” by Rupert Jaeger. On the right the installation “Untitled  #47” by Rodrigo Ferreirainterscape_034

A detail from the installation “Creation, Meditation, Transformation…” by Amos Sheininterscape_035the video “Impetus” by Ines von Bonhorst

The video installation “Immutable” by Ines von Bonhorst

“Quest: Prelude” by Yuri Pirondi

The video installation “ZoneX, Ebb and Flow-The Phantom Promise” by Pascal Ancel Bartholdi


A detail from the installation.interscape_039The installation “Footpaths within the silence” of Momoko Nishizono and Mario FrulioInter_Scape_pics 95“Transmission” by Charlie VallelyInter_Scape_pics 80 The video installation “N7 Piece” by Iury Lech_DSF7995 copyInstallation “Medusa Oblongata” by Monkey Jar, Live drawing by Carlos Mol,                               Live Music by Bitch ‘n’ Monk_DSF8125 copy

Pictures by Pietro Catarinella, William Howard, Thomas Wecker, Ines von Bonhorst, Rodrigo Ferreira and Pascal Ancel Bartholdi.


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