reflexive self mutation
_a collaboration between Beatrice Vorster and Ellie Antoniou
_2 x (Digital photograph, CGI, Glossy ChromaLux Aluminium print, perspex base with stainless steel holders)
_2 x (155 x 540 x 40 mm) , 2021
shown at BAMBI WOODS PRESENTS group exhibition:
BAMBI WOODS PRESENTS
May 20-30, 2021
Bambi Woods function like a radio that never announces its programme in advance. Initiated in 2019 and gathering contributions from over fifty voices, Bambi Woods are a collective enunciation springing from the anonymity of murmur, a molecular vibration infiltrating processes of individuation while encrypting the status of the author. Like a balaclava-covered DJ sticking black tape on their records’ labels, B.W. distribute chains of reactions and affects that are no longer based on recognition and identification.
Bambi Woods’ next intervention will take place across two mirroring spaces, ERGO Collective and Space52, both located in Athens. Combining curating, art making, poetry and performance, Bambi Woods Presents is an assemblage of ready-mades, radio stations, internet portals, photographic slides and not-yet-determined works of art that will attempt to recode architectonic forms of authorship through delegated chains of commands and mechanical processes. Throughout the project, B.W. will shapeshift into constellations of nameless entities, inviting the audience to follow a story without script in which power play, meaning production and the ideological figure of the ‘present author’ dissolve into a cadavre exquis of situations. Less a manipulation of the real than a simulated reality, Bambi Woods Presents deals with the phantom of wording and unfolds like a game of which the only rule is to be a game without rules.
The ordinary can be understood as a shifting assemblage of things that happen and are felt in impulses, encounters, and habits of relating. These things that happen are intensive and immanent.
As a black shapeshifter, Bambi Woods is a multimedia and inter-disciplinary artist, writer and teacher who is based in London, Athens, Berlin and the Netherlands. Having studied and taught in various institutions such as University of the Arts London, Slade School of Art, Goldsmiths, John Ruskin School, Lancaster University, University of Aegean, Royal College of Art and many more; their work spreads across aesthetic languages to trace the aspirations, paradoxes and failures of concepts situated within experiences of society and identity.
This exhibition is funded by ΝΕΟΝ Organization for Culture and Development.