Jacob Tækker


29. Mar 18. May 2014

The absurdity of human existence and loss of control are recurrent themes in Jacob Tækker’s works, which combine video, computer technology and performance. In this solo exhibition he takes the audience on a voyage of discovery into a surreal universe of psychedelic patterns, doppelgangers and spatial displacement.

In the video installation Apophenia Cloud Travel Apparatus, Jacob Tækker challenges our ability to navigate and make sense of the world surrounding us. Inspired by virtual reality, the work unfolds as a series of changing sound and image sequences where the boundaries between fact and fiction dissolve. The viewer has to move physically through the exhibition space to explore the different scenarios, which only coalesce momentarily into a narrative driven by the individual viewer’s own associations, imagination and path through the exhibition.

The journey is a central, metaphorical theme in the work, and the first room of the exhibition represents a departure lounge. Hang- ing on the wall are rows of specially designed grey lab coats and helmets, which function as projection screens and are therefore a prerequisite for experiencing the work. Once equipped, viewers are guided through a passage into a psychedelic corridor where kaleidoscopic patterns and electronic soundscapes disrupt their sense of the room’s physical permanence, and heighten awareness of the body through a mental and physical shift in the sensory apparatus.

On the other side of the corridor is a simultaneously familiar and disturbing parallel universe of displaced time and space. As the viewer moves around the installation, videos of the actual rooms they are in – now hidden by the dark and the helmet – are projected into their line of vision. En route they meet virtual clones of Jacob Tækker himself, performing absurd acts and gestures, sometimes aimed directly at the viewer. Being confronted by the fictional yet intrusive presence of the artist reinforces the illusion that the space occupied by the viewer and the space of the video merge. It also raises questions like who is looking at who, where the boundaries between the work and the viewer lie, and how the body and consciousness interact.

Operating at the juncture of technology, emotion and the body, the installation creates an opening for an unfamiliar dimension of experience to emerge, a dimension that disrupts our perception and need to establish clarity and meaning. Tækker’s exhibition demonstrates that the world is not a static, objective entity, but consists of endless possible interpretations and parallel realities constantly generated in the interaction between the individual subject and its surroundings.

The sound in the installation has been created in collaboration with the composer Anders Monrad.

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