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Frenetic Standstill

solo exhibition of Max Philipp Schmid

Opening: December 4th, 2014
Exhibition: December 5th, 2014 to January 5th, 2015

Chantal Molleur, White Frame

Corfu Art Gallery, Greece

Research laboratory "Interactive Arts"
Department of Audiovisual Arts
Ionian University
Corfu, Greece

Max Philipp Schmid's artistic results can be read and interpreted within the two principles found in the theme of Frenetic Standstill. Schmid seems to question our human fascination with controlling time, with trying to take apart time's continuity and reconstruct a time scale. He is able through his technical manipulation of the medium, to go beyond the simple representation of a moment, and time almost stands still. He slows our gaze and for a brief moment, we are almost able to catch the unattainable. At the same time, we are reminded, through his manipulated attempts in his reenactments and found footage material, that causality remains unchanged.

Frenetic Standstill encompassed three video installations; Wald (Forest 2007)Der Wanderer (The Wanderer 2007) and Das Gespenst des Glücks (The Ghost of Happiness 2011). The curatorial line of this exhibition drew from a common denominator found in these installations: the gap between our frenetic wishes to 'get there' and our struggles to achieve something desired, promised, or predicted.

Available: exhibition text by Chantal Molleur. 

This project was made possible thanks to financial support from the Kanton Basel-Landschaft and Kanton Basel-Stadt.