The Galerie Gebr Lehmann, Dresden is glad to present new works by Joep van Liefland from November 12 - January 14, 2012.
Joep van Liefland (born 1966 in Utrecht) is interested in the extinction of analogue technology.
In this "media archeology" he focuses on the development of hardware artifacts of our culture media: VHS tapes and video recorders, remote controls, monitors, advertising and communication. His interest focuses on the "entropy of the media", i.e. the decline of this formerly advanced objects.
In his fascination with old media and storage systems lies his enthusiasm. Over the years he build up a huge collection of videos, box covers and video technology. All these objects seems already historically, with their tactile and physical aspects of the analog media character. It refers to their "aseptic" and abstract digital counterparts, whose demise is predetermined logical.
A VHS tape can be played by consumers individually and recorded at anytime. Through the traces of the consumer arises from a mass product to a unique. This individualization Joep van Liefland transfers to its screen prints. He used to reproduce the specific process for the production of his unique works: there is only one screen for any work.
Since 2002, Joep van Liefland started with several rooms of the Video Palace. A variable installation, which is never identical, but always similarity. In the exhibition "METAPHYSICS 2 E 56" is build up his newest Video Palace, No. 33. A number of obsolete monitors, keyboards and remote controls are ordered in special showcases, as well as video cassettes and a small special library present in the interior. The objects wear traces, and indicate the ephemeral aspect of this supposedly long-lived objects. Within the Video Palace the time seems to stand still like in a space capsule.