楊臥生 – 危器
Jan Vorisek – Crisis Instrument
feat. Miu & rzhen +more
December 8, 2018
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 gaze.
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.