Book Launch "Ilana Halperin. New Landmass, Neue Landmasse"
Through their implicit messages, the works of the Scottish artist encourage viewers to take a holistic view of our planet – an entity that, like a living organism, breathes, moves and holds potential dangers. The expulsion of rocks during a volcanic eruption, the production and destruction of new landmass, the juxtaposition of fast and slow time: Halperin uses geology as a language to explore our understanding of time and our relationship to an ever-changing environment. For Halperin, the human body and its products – kidney or bladder stones – are not just a painful health condition, but also contribute to the formation of geological landmass on this planet. As “physical geology,” human immortality seems to be within closer reach.
Edited by curators Sara Barnes and Andrew Patrizio, the catalogue includes texts by Gillian Beer, Horst Bredekamp, Ilana Halperin, Thomas Schnalke, volcanologist Hugh Tuffen, and the curators themselves, most of which have been written especially for the catalogue. Halperin’s artistic work and her intellectual passions form the gravitational center which the essays examine from the perspectives of aesthetics, the history of science, and cultural philosophy.
The publication “Ilana Halperin, New Landmass, Neue Landmasse” (in German and English | € 15 | ISBN: 3-9810220-6-8) accompanies Ilana Halperin’s first two solo exhibitions in Germany: Steine (Stones) at the Museum of Medical History at the Charité and Hand Held Lava at the Project Space of the Ernst Schering Foundation.
Ilana Halperin. Hand Held Lava
Ilana Halperin. Steine (Stones)
Tue through Sun, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wed and Sat, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Photos: © Ilana Halperin, Thomas Bruns