State - Adel Abdessemed
State - Adel Abdessemed
State - Adel Abdessemed
State - Adel Abdessemed
State - Adel Abdessemed
State - Adel Abdessemed

State

Adel Abdessemed

For its first installation at the David Zwirner gallery in London in 2013, State was shown as a three-minute video piece continuously projected on all four walls, completely surrounding the viewer. The video shows various stages in the development of a series of maze-like patterns made with dog excrement. The patterns become steadily more dense—or, on the contrary, more sparse—and are animated in a flow that brings this state of continuous mutation to life. The final seconds offer a glimpse of dog feces against a white ground, revealing the “crude” material behind these designs. Patterns made with excrement evoke the “dirty protests” carried out by IRA activists in Irish prisons in the late 1980s. The viewer thus sees organic matter transformed into a symbolic system located somewhere between ornament, writing, and maze, which progressively fills the space to the point of saturation. The music composed by Silvia Ocougne is similarly inhabited by a tension between abstract and urban sounds insofar as it includes noise from helicopters and alarms, Abdessemed having asked Ocougne to use Stockhausen’s Helikopter-Streichquartett as a source of inspiration. AM

2013 / Installation, projection vidéo HD, animation de dessins, 3 min. 5 sec. (en boucle), couleur, musique de Silvia Ocougne
Dimensions variables (aspect ratio 16:9)