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THE PHILIPS PAVILION SIMPLY EXPLAINED

04.26.07 | Comment?

Exhibition by Gro Sarauw (DK)

Live performance by Pete Drungle (NY) and Nis Bysted (DK)

Exhibition period: 9/4 - 24/4 2011

Gro Sarauw’s work, ‘The Philips Pavilion Simply Explained’, combines sculpture,
installation, sound, and text, and describes in her own words a ‘secularist-synthesis-of-the-arts-manifest-in-resistance-of-the-NOW.’

Drawing upon the influence of the attempts in modern history to perform synthesis of all art forms, this work pays particular attention to the lost masterpiece ‘Philips Pavilion’ (1958) by Le Corbusier.

As a special event for the opening night, there will be a first time collaborative performance (for the one part, online transmitted) by pianist and composer Pete Drungle (NY), and experimental musician Nis Bysted (DK). The sound will be performed in relation to the original electronic composition, ‘Poème électronique’, composed 54 years ago by Edgar Varèse for the Philips Pavilion.

In its lay-out, the combined work brings together visionary fantasies of the ideal, and the floating memory of left behind spaces.

Bio: Gro Sarauws current work circles around the politics of the artistic installation and questions the primacy of the spatial register. Her works have a strong emphasis on visuality, but also its turn to virtuality, to presentation, which also accounts for architecture’s return to prominence in the imagery of the arts. Gro Sarauw has worked with Rem Koolhaas at OMA in New York, 2004-05 and as assistant at Office.Studio.Firm.Group in New York in 2006-07. O.S.F.G. is a hypothetical architecture studio negotiating the combined disciplines of art, architecture and enlightenment theory. She is a part of The Improvement League’, a think tank comprising artist/futurologist Steven Johnson, artist Adriana Lara, writer/curator Raimundas Malasauskas, Cabinet magazine editor Sina Najafi and artist Michael Portnoy. The Improvement Leagueis assembled and directed by Michael Portnoy(NY) for his contribution to the Taipei Biennial 2010.
Gro Sarauw has a MA degree in architecture from the Bartlett, School of Architecture in London and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, in Copenhagen. She is enrolled for the Master in Fine Art 2011-13 programme at Goldsmiths University in London.

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