Jan Vorisek - Crisis Instrument
2018.11.3 to 2018.12.23
Paranoida Parade, 2018
Siren, Dimmer, Trimmer, Pedestal
Out of the Unknown, 2018
Chain of Events, 2018
Chains, Hock, Accessory
Paranoida Parade, 2018
Wall Mounted Siren, Timer, Dimmer
Wake up, break out, 2018
Tactical Silence, 2018
Luxury of a Blank Mind, 2018
Metal Trolley, Zippers
Performance at the opening
Jan Vorisek – Crisis Instrument
feat. Miu & rzhen +more
Presented by bottomspace
Venue: Observation Society
Shop 102, No. 8, Road 1, Suihua Xincun, Haizhu District, Guangzhou, China
Jan Vorisek (b. 1987, Switzerland) lives and works in Zurich.
Viewed from three steps below, at street level, the space is set as a stage. The
rolling gate is partially dropped, obscuring the view, offering a narrowed
Inside, sirens on display are instruments, ready-mades, chopped and screwed.
Turning on and off, they emit states of alertness into space. The spinning
lantern hanging from the wall acts as a lure, spiraling; a hypnotized suck
running on desire.
These two objects oppose each other to mimic a black hole, an oxymoron,
absorbing and swallowing everything in its approximate distance, radiating
matter and energy.
The table in the corner, a shrine. Comprised of business cards, it acts as a
dedication to contacts collected in various markets, documenting shopping
trips in Guangzhou. WeChat QR codes and addresses mapping the geography
and economy of the city.
Cut up shop text running on fragments of a red LED panel found in the
streets, gives the space another hue.
A performance is held to reconfigure the space. Chords playing on the sirens
are like alarms, their blades cutting the air in various intensities.
Witnessed by a group of friends, the soundcheck becomes the performance.
Later, spilling onto the street, out of the unknown.
Feedback and Distortion – two inextricably connected phenomena – weave
information in on themselves and extend back into the body that they
originate from as to overwrite precisely that body they once stood beside.
Jan Vorisek works across sculpture, installation, performance, improvised
music and noise. Vorisek’s installations are site-specific commentary,
ephemera and documentation – all examining formal hierarchies. With
assemblages consisting of used and found materials, as well as
sound-producing devices, the artist reflects on the fluctuation of noise as a
vessel for information. Accumulated materials and objects are disassembled
into their component parts and then subjected to new systems of organization.
This can take the form of vertical formations meandering through the room,
selective markings or large-scale architectural interventions. The subtly
animated structures function as both producer of and resonant space for
sounds, which test and exceed the limits of perceptibility. Jan Vorisek’s
self-performing structures and scores are complemented by edits of sounds
recorded outdoors – echos of urban space – in which “inside” merges with
“outside” and exact dimensions of the work remain undefined.