A SWARM OF TWO
3 – 31 JULY 2020
A swarm of two (2017) follows two pairs of police officers walking the beat on a shopping street of an anonymous town at night, when all is closed and no one is around. They wear anti-riot uniforms, and they represent an ordinary viewing experience in public spaces since the decision of most European governments few years ago to extend security in response to increasing terrorist attacks. Yet their behavior is all but reassuring, and the absence of sound contributes to amplifying the sense of absurdity and incoherence of their restless performance. As the two-channeled video progresses, their identity and behavior are not tuned anymore, as if Aernout Mik was trying to expose the gap between reality and expectation, but also the two-sided relationship between security and violence. At the beginning, the policemen patrol the street, crawl against a wall and shelter behind a garbage can, exercising strict control on each other and over their own bodies. Until a sense of chaos kicks in, and they act like protesters, homeless people, even lovers, while showing alarming signs of post traumatic-stress disorder. Their cry of pain cannot be heard, but it penetrates the scene. All of a sudden, the promise of protection that justified their presence and surveillance feels very fragile.
THE EYE OF THE STORM – USER MANUAL
The Eye of the Storm is Blitz’s first online exhibition featuring videos and films by seven international artists and collectives invited to rethink and share their artworks in response to changes due to the pandemic.
In the physical galleries the rule is always the same: time follows space. A display is created based on the physical space, and the time of the visit will be reliant on the visitors’ attention span for the different artworks, and determined by the viewing conditions provided. For our first online exhibition, we have decided to prioritise time, whereby the artworks will be experienced in a sequence that collectively draws the viewer inward to a full coherence of the project.
From 3rd June one artwork is available monthly until December, when the last work will be revealed and all previously shown works made equally available. The exhibition will close at the end of the year, a symbolic date because that is when a collective attitude towards contemplating what we are leaving behind emerges, together with a confidence for new beginnings. Wherever we will be then, as we take it day by day in respect of fast-changing regulations, we hope that The Eye of the Storm will provide food for thought as we progress into the unknown.