Dekyndt, Edith




Tekst: Edith Dekyndt e.a.

Uitvoering: Paperback

Aantal pagina’s: 112

Illustraties: Kleur en zwart-wit

Uitgever: Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, 2010 (Source Book 8)

Taal: Engels

Staat: Als nieuw

All of Edith Dekyndt’s work is made under the umbrella of what she calls Universal Research of Subjectivity, an enigmatic project concerning the place of the subject between the categories of science and fiction. Characterized by their visual and technical simplicity, her works inquire into how the notion of subjectivity changes once confronted with the possibility of a sensible machine. An other-worldly perspective on natural phenomena begins to challenge our cognitive coordinates.
This Source Book is occasioned by Agnosia, Dekyndt’s solo exhibition at Witte de With in the Spring of 2009. Asked to consider her artistic sources, Dekyndt listed personal inspirations in literature, film and music. From these, whe have excerpted a chapter of Norman Mailer’s ‘Of a Fire on the Moon’ (1971), which offers a precise poetic key for the artist’s blend of scientific inquiry and subjective reverie. Her way of working is further illuminated in a candid interview with Amira Gad. And a selection of her own texts an images evokes her desired interplay of the spaces of the gallery, the book and the mind. Lastly, essays by curators Renske Janssen and Wim Woelput depart from close encounters with Dekyndt’s work towards meditations on blankness and time machines.