31 May to 2 September 2018
Opening: 30 May, 6 pm
What if conceptual artists were to forget? What if dementia were to come up against art that is based on mental creativity and planability in particular? At Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Till Velten (b. 1961 in Wuppertal, lives and works in Basel) presents his latest work Wenn die kognitive Ordnung zerbricht (When Cognitive Order Collapses), which is set up as an artistic research project that emanates from these questions.
His interest in the themes of age, memory and forgetting prompted this artist to visit and interview people affected by, or proficient in, various fields. Velten sees the personal interview method as “the most fascinating means with which to research the world”.
For his project at Museum Haus Konstruktiv, he conducted dialogs with relatives of dementia sufferers and staff from the dementia competence center Sonnweid in Wetzikon. Their statements are now read by professional voice artists and form an atmospheric tapestry of sound at Haus Konstruktiv: individual words or short fragments of sentences can be heard coming from various speakers – sometimes quiet, sometimes loud, sometimes friendly, sometimes dismissive. Velten converts the exhibition space into a walk-through installation, which an acrylic-glass revolving door divides into two zones: one is reminiscent of an enchanting, silvery, glistening winter landscape, while the other half of the hall appears somber and threatening – here, dark shiny panels resembling faces are seen floating, with integrated video recordings of pairs of eyes and lips that seem to move in coordination with the spoken words.