I want to sleep with your truth against my cheek
In installative works, Elina Saalfeld and Elisa Nessler wander through the tension fields of growing up and invite blurred glances at the search for the self and the other.
Saalfeld's installation Light (Metal) explores notions of authenticity, identity, and the desire to be seen. For the work, poems from pubescents collected via social media are printed on linen using the cyanotype-process and are hung on a metal framework, creating a space that makes temporality and process visible.
Design: Fiete Lauschke
Installation view, Frappant Galerie, 2021
With Young Valley Soil: Crossings of O
Crossings of O is created in a dialogue between the artist Helena Müller and the Young Valley Soil-collective.
“While the Young Valley Soil collective asks us to form an “O” with our mouths, Helena Müller invites us on a steam tour after sunset. In their showcase exhibitions, the artists enter into a dialogue about processes of visualization: of gender stereotypes, coded meanings, and the coincidental permanence of interpersonal encounters or of alliances with one another. The glass panes of the showcases are of special importance here: the artists resist their spatial limitations, using both their interior and their exterior. They expand them audibly, but also performatively, as mediators of revealing and concealing. This is a beginning.”
Anette Hans, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof
Installation view, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, 2020
years of sameness
Link coming up
”years of sameness” is based on a research of choirs, that are established for rehabilitation of people with aphasia (a neurological condition affecting the production of speech). Trough singing familiar songs, people who had lost their ability to speak can gain back access to language.
For the work, an archive of songs from a choir for people with aphasia are run trough an algorithm designed to create ”emotional music” – trough this translation process, a new set of compositions is created on the base of the choirs recordings (instruments, scale, melody). In the procedure, language gets ereased by default and solely the hook lines and melodies recognized as ”emotional” remain.
The partly flawless creation of harmonic melodies and on the other hand failed translations of the files results in a cathartic and at the same time unsettling overall composition.
The work is explicitly site-specific. By installing it in a library, the work can be percieved as a commentary on an ordered canon of knowledge, which manifests itself in the object of the book. On the other hand, the work is also characterized by its proximity to the object - for it functions as a container for language and memory as well.
Installation view, HFBK Hamburg graduate show, 2020
Snapping celery in half
2020– (work in progress)
In the work ”Snapping celery in half”, Elina Saalfeld is dealing with the so called ”Detektorforum”, a german online community of self-declared treasure hunters. Armed with metal detectors, these hobby archeologists search the groun for various objects, historical artifacts, everyday remains. After months of research in online forums, she went on a search as well: she now shows the found objects as 3D renderings. In this manner, Saalfeld aims to translate a concrete physicality, which is manifested not least in the act of digging, into digital space. The work thus allows an interplay of materialities and forms of documentation of these objects functioning as "evidence" to emerge.
Installation view, MMS Offspace, 2020