The Little Things: a Conversation on Micrologies
With Aitor Lajarin, Won Ju Lim, Tommy Støckel
Moderated by Jan Tumlir
Saturday, June 8th, at 8pm – doors open 7pm
Location: Scharaun, Berlin
13629 Berlin–Siemensstadt (U7 Siemensdamm)
Curated by DXIX, Los Angeles in collaboration with Scharaun, Berlin
The Little Things: A conversation on Micrologies between artists Aitor Lajarin, Won Ju Lim and Tommy Støckel, moderated by art writer Jan Tumlir.
What, today, shall we make of the little things? The panelists will discuss the virtues of smallness in art as these relate to a general ecology of objects, suggesting heightened potentials for mobility, projection, transference and imagination, while also exerting minimal environmental impact. These various benefits, so evident in the case of art objects, must also be measured against our current order of miniaturization, which essentially is a means of disseminating products on the widest scale. As Heidegger noted already in the middle of the twentieth century, the tiny always threatens to become the gigantic.
Aitor Lajarin–Encina is an artist, educator, curator and organizer born in Vitoria–Gasteiz, Basque Country currently living and working in Los Angeles. Aitor various research interests include contemporary painting and drawing issues in the interdisciplinary field, reception and participation aesthetics, alternative self–organizational models of production, collaboration and organization within the arts, minimum scale and materiality poetics, public space, public culture, and representations of existential anxiety, paradox, absurdity, and uncertainty in relation to our contemporary life conditions. His work has been shown internationally in private and public institutions. He is co–founder and co–director of DXIX Projects and DX–File, two platforms for production and dissemination of contemporary culture art related projects and materials based in Venice, California.
Won Ju Lim is a multimedia artist based in Los Angeles. Her practice examines the complex interactions of real and imaginary space as they produce fantasy, memory, and longing. The formal and conceptual elements of her work draw from sources ranging from Baroque architecture, fantasy and science fiction films, the urban landscape, and the domestic space. Her recent projects examine the invisible and contested spaces within her own home and expands her continuing research on the writings of Marcel Proust. Evident in her practice is the interest of the peripheral as it questions ideas relating to the dislocation and self–alienation of a subject, and addresses the dialectics of inside and outside.
Tommy Støckel is an artist from Copenhagen, Denmark currently living in Berlin. He studied at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art from 1992 to 1998. His practice centres around investigations into the medium of sculpture, with a conceptual focus on the relationship between the analogue and the digital. He has had solo exhibitions in Frankfurter Kunstverein; Arnolfini, Bristol and Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen. He took part in the Gwangju Biennale, South Korea in 2016 and in The Atlantic Project, Plymouth in 2018. Tommy Støckel lives and works in Berlin.
Jan Tumlir is an art–writer, teacher and curator who lives in Los Angeles. He is a founding editor of the local art journal X–TRA, and a regular contributor to Artforum. He has written catalog essays for such artists as Bas Jan Ader, Uta Barth, John Divola, Allen Ruppersberg and James Welling. Books include: LA Artland, a survey of contemporary art in Los Angeles co–written with Chris Kraus and Jane McFadden, published by Black Dog Press in 2005; Hyenas Are…, a monograph on the work of Matthew Brannon, published by Mousse in 2011; and The Magic Circle: On The Beatles, Pop Art, Art–Rock and Records, published by Onomatopee in 2015. Tumlir has a longstanding interest in the California region, the development of post–studio art, and the relations between fine art and popular culture.
DXIX is an artist run project house in Venice, CA that seeks to contribute to the thriving diversity of the art context in Los Angeles and other areas. We facilitate exchanges, collaborations and conversations among artists, curators, writers and audiences to create exhibitions, workshops, events, publications and other culturally significant materials locally, nationally and internationally. DX–File is our section dedicated to regular publishing of art essays, interviews and other text based materials related to critical issues in art and contemporary culture.