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    Soledad Senlle Art Foundation

    Sloterkade 171, Amsterdam

LISANNE SLOOTS & CHRISTINA DELLA GIUSTINA

Opening friday November 30, 2007 at 5 pm

Nature, especially trees, light and reflection, both Lisanne Sloots and Christina Della Giustina transform these natural elements in their own specific way and work. Grey, black and white absorb the colours of our surrounding.

Lisanne Sloots collected for these works the burnt remains of a 16th century smithy found during an excavation in Hoorn (Noord-Holland). She collected the visual impressions and the experience from the excavation as well as the burnt material and transformed the past into the present: from reduced (burnt) material into a new image. In spite of the raw material, this work shows vulnerability also because of the transparent cloth and thin paper used as underground. Burnt material is used as pigment and combined with arabic gum to make paint, making the works appear both dusty and vulnerable. By using the black material her work also refers to graphic art. The impressions become imprints, taking us back to another time and place, like echo’s from the landscape. Ash is like shadow: grey-black. Both shadow and ash are a result of light energy. Ash is a stable material, it doesn’t bleach in the light, it gives its colour away during the warmth of the fire.

Christina Della Giustina 'tree studies'
‘tree study 03’ builds a connection between a detail of the actual environment in front of the exhibition space and the Soledad Senlle’s Gallery space: a live camera transmits from within the gallery a real-time image of its surroundings. Since the image is inverted, the viewer entering the room and passing the live camera appears on screen too as a white silhouette, together with its black shadow produced by the very light of the video projector. Sometimes the viewer’s white silhouette and its black shadow meet on screen.

In these transformed reflections, we see the surroundings together with ourselves from another point of view. In generating a ‘way of saying’ for this very site ‘tree study 03’ suggests encounter, disclosing and addressing the power and intimacy of our presence.

Together with ‘tree study 03’ as live video installation, ‘tree study 01’ and ‘tree study 02’ are shown as single channel videos, with audio tracks by Aliona Yurtsevich.

Christina Della Giustina (CH) Exhibition view, 2007

Video,

map

tree study I [_fog]
dvPal, 4:3, stereo, 4' 36"
sound: Aliona Yurtsevich
video: Christina Della Giustina

brief description:
To generate the audio pieces the image of a bare tree was digitized and computer analyzed.
Taking multi-dimensionality into account and approaching the tree from diverse angles different
parameters are used: vertical measurements (pitch) and horizontal measurements (time, sound)
for to create the sound composition. The result is a humming, sustaining sound field, functioning
as a double pedal tone in high and low registers. The sound of the Tree branches springing through
the acoustics of the room, using a 6 channel audio system. The video ‘tree study I [_fog]’ is the sup-
erimposed image of the zoom-in [positive] and the zoom-out [negative] of the place where the
branches of two trees meet.

  • tree / study II [_storm]
    dvPal, 4:3, stereo, 6’ 30”
    edition: 5/8
    music: Aliona Yurtsevich
    video: Christina Della Giustina

The composition ‘tree / study II’ is a musical reflection on the actual movement of the branches
of a tree in space and time. The "swinging" motion is depicted in the piano motives and melodies,
and complemented by the spatial sound distribution of a 6 stereo channel speaker system.
The video ‘tree / study II [_storm]’ follows the ongoing inclinations of a tree in heavy storm in diverse
speeds. While observing a seemingly natural synchronicity between the movement of the branches
and the "swinging" sounds of the piano, after some time the illusion arises that the moving branches
are actually involved in producing or triggering the sound.

  • liquid cycles
    silent, 10’ 12”, 2006

'liquid cycles' is the torch path of a candle light exploring a map in the dark.
On it's circuit the flame multiplies itself, creating a second flame exploring the same map.
When completed the cycle the flames merge again.

Christina Della Giustina (CH) Exhibition view, 2007

Video,

map

tree study I [_fog]
dvPal, 4:3, stereo, 4' 36"
sound: Aliona Yurtsevich
video: Christina Della Giustina

brief description:
To generate the audio pieces the image of a bare tree was digitized and computer analyzed.
Taking multi-dimensionality into account and approaching the tree from diverse angles different
parameters are used: vertical measurements (pitch) and horizontal measurements (time, sound)
for to create the sound composition. The result is a humming, sustaining sound field, functioning
as a double pedal tone in high and low registers. The sound of the Tree branches springing through
the acoustics of the room, using a 6 channel audio system. The video ‘tree study I [_fog]’ is the sup-
erimposed image of the zoom-in [positive] and the zoom-out [negative] of the place where the
branches of two trees meet.

  • tree / study II [_storm]
    dvPal, 4:3, stereo, 6’ 30”
    edition: 5/8
    music: Aliona Yurtsevich
    video: Christina Della Giustina

The composition ‘tree / study II’ is a musical reflection on the actual movement of the branches
of a tree in space and time. The "swinging" motion is depicted in the piano motives and melodies,
and complemented by the spatial sound distribution of a 6 stereo channel speaker system.
The video ‘tree / study II [_storm]’ follows the ongoing inclinations of a tree in heavy storm in diverse
speeds. While observing a seemingly natural synchronicity between the movement of the branches
and the "swinging" sounds of the piano, after some time the illusion arises that the moving branches
are actually involved in producing or triggering the sound.

  • liquid cycles
    silent, 10’ 12”, 2006

'liquid cycles' is the torch path of a candle light exploring a map in the dark.
On it's circuit the flame multiplies itself, creating a second flame exploring the same map.
When completed the cycle the flames merge again.

Christina Della Giustina (CH) Exhibition view, 2007

Video,

map

tree study I [_fog]
dvPal, 4:3, stereo, 4' 36"
sound: Aliona Yurtsevich
video: Christina Della Giustina

brief description:
To generate the audio pieces the image of a bare tree was digitized and computer analyzed.
Taking multi-dimensionality into account and approaching the tree from diverse angles different
parameters are used: vertical measurements (pitch) and horizontal measurements (time, sound)
for to create the sound composition. The result is a humming, sustaining sound field, functioning
as a double pedal tone in high and low registers. The sound of the Tree branches springing through
the acoustics of the room, using a 6 channel audio system. The video ‘tree study I [_fog]’ is the sup-
erimposed image of the zoom-in [positive] and the zoom-out [negative] of the place where the
branches of two trees meet.

  • tree / study II [_storm]
    dvPal, 4:3, stereo, 6’ 30”
    edition: 5/8
    music: Aliona Yurtsevich
    video: Christina Della Giustina

The composition ‘tree / study II’ is a musical reflection on the actual movement of the branches
of a tree in space and time. The "swinging" motion is depicted in the piano motives and melodies,
and complemented by the spatial sound distribution of a 6 stereo channel speaker system.
The video ‘tree / study II [_storm]’ follows the ongoing inclinations of a tree in heavy storm in diverse
speeds. While observing a seemingly natural synchronicity between the movement of the branches
and the "swinging" sounds of the piano, after some time the illusion arises that the moving branches
are actually involved in producing or triggering the sound.

  • liquid cycles
    silent, 10’ 12”, 2006

'liquid cycles' is the torch path of a candle light exploring a map in the dark.
On it's circuit the flame multiplies itself, creating a second flame exploring the same map.
When completed the cycle the flames merge again.

Christina Della Giustina (CH) Exhibition view, 2007

Video,

map

tree study I [_fog]
dvPal, 4:3, stereo, 4' 36"
sound: Aliona Yurtsevich
video: Christina Della Giustina

brief description:
To generate the audio pieces the image of a bare tree was digitized and computer analyzed.
Taking multi-dimensionality into account and approaching the tree from diverse angles different
parameters are used: vertical measurements (pitch) and horizontal measurements (time, sound)
for to create the sound composition. The result is a humming, sustaining sound field, functioning
as a double pedal tone in high and low registers. The sound of the Tree branches springing through
the acoustics of the room, using a 6 channel audio system. The video ‘tree study I [_fog]’ is the sup-
erimposed image of the zoom-in [positive] and the zoom-out [negative] of the place where the
branches of two trees meet.

  • tree / study II [_storm]
    dvPal, 4:3, stereo, 6’ 30”
    edition: 5/8
    music: Aliona Yurtsevich
    video: Christina Della Giustina

The composition ‘tree / study II’ is a musical reflection on the actual movement of the branches
of a tree in space and time. The "swinging" motion is depicted in the piano motives and melodies,
and complemented by the spatial sound distribution of a 6 stereo channel speaker system.
The video ‘tree / study II [_storm]’ follows the ongoing inclinations of a tree in heavy storm in diverse
speeds. While observing a seemingly natural synchronicity between the movement of the branches
and the "swinging" sounds of the piano, after some time the illusion arises that the moving branches
are actually involved in producing or triggering the sound.

  • liquid cycles
    silent, 10’ 12”, 2006

'liquid cycles' is the torch path of a candle light exploring a map in the dark.
On it's circuit the flame multiplies itself, creating a second flame exploring the same map.
When completed the cycle the flames merge again.

Christina Della Giustina (CH) Exhibition view, 2007

Video,

map

tree study I [_fog]
dvPal, 4:3, stereo, 4' 36"
sound: Aliona Yurtsevich
video: Christina Della Giustina

brief description:
To generate the audio pieces the image of a bare tree was digitized and computer analyzed.
Taking multi-dimensionality into account and approaching the tree from diverse angles different
parameters are used: vertical measurements (pitch) and horizontal measurements (time, sound)
for to create the sound composition. The result is a humming, sustaining sound field, functioning
as a double pedal tone in high and low registers. The sound of the Tree branches springing through
the acoustics of the room, using a 6 channel audio system. The video ‘tree study I [_fog]’ is the sup-
erimposed image of the zoom-in [positive] and the zoom-out [negative] of the place where the
branches of two trees meet.

  • tree / study II [_storm]
    dvPal, 4:3, stereo, 6’ 30”
    edition: 5/8
    music: Aliona Yurtsevich
    video: Christina Della Giustina

The composition ‘tree / study II’ is a musical reflection on the actual movement of the branches
of a tree in space and time. The "swinging" motion is depicted in the piano motives and melodies,
and complemented by the spatial sound distribution of a 6 stereo channel speaker system.
The video ‘tree / study II [_storm]’ follows the ongoing inclinations of a tree in heavy storm in diverse
speeds. While observing a seemingly natural synchronicity between the movement of the branches
and the "swinging" sounds of the piano, after some time the illusion arises that the moving branches
are actually involved in producing or triggering the sound.

  • liquid cycles
    silent, 10’ 12”, 2006

'liquid cycles' is the torch path of a candle light exploring a map in the dark.
On it's circuit the flame multiplies itself, creating a second flame exploring the same map.
When completed the cycle the flames merge again.

Lisanne Sloots (NL) Untitled, 2005

Ash and paper on linnen,
Sloterkade 171, Amsterdam

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Lisanne Sloots collected for these works the burnt remains of a 16th century Smithy found during an excavation in Hoorn (Noord –Holland). Burnt material is used as pigment and combined with Arabic gum to make paint, making the works appear both dusty and vulnerable.

Lisanne Sloots (NL) Untitled, 2005

Ash and paper on linnen,
Sloterkade 171, Amsterdam

map

Lisanne Sloots collected for these works the burnt remains of a 16th century Smithy found during an excavation in Hoorn (Noord –Holland). Burnt material is used as pigment and combined with Arabic gum to make paint, making the works appear both dusty and vulnerable.

Lisanne Sloots (NL) Untitled, 2005

Ash and paper on linnen,
Sloterkade 171, Amsterdam

map

Lisanne Sloots collected for these works the burnt remains of a 16th century Smithy found during an excavation in Hoorn (Noord –Holland). Burnt material is used as pigment and combined with Arabic gum to make paint, making the works appear both dusty and vulnerable.

Lisanne Sloots (NL) Untitled, 2005

Ash and paper on linnen,
Sloterkade 171, Amsterdam

map

Lisanne Sloots collected for these works the burnt remains of a 16th century Smithy found during an excavation in Hoorn (Noord –Holland). Burnt material is used as pigment and combined with Arabic gum to make paint, making the works appear both dusty and vulnerable.