Lea Porsager


06. Jun 09. Aug 2015

During recent years Lea Porsager’s large-scale works have orbited around spiritual and occult systems and thought forms. With a healthy dose of irony and an interest in exploring esoteric thinking Porsager’s universe represents the physical materialisation of thought at the juncture of historical research, spiritual doctrines and the free reign of speculative imagination.

SPIN Φ, Lea Porsager’s comprehensive solo exhibition at Overgaden, is based on the construction of a so-called ‘sigil’ or seal. As a magical symbol, the seal has a millennia-long legacy as a physical manifesta- tion of the powers and will of a prophet or mystic, from Solomon’s legendary seal, which he could use to command demons, to the Biblical prophecy that the Day of Judgement is nigh when the lamb breaks the seventh seal. Fascination with the conjuring power of the seal forms the basis for the exhibition, where a gigantic steel construction cuts through the architecture of Overgaden, functioning as a sigil that evokes the phenomenon of #PUSSY through the magical portal of the H@t.

What if the theosophist Helena P. Blavatsky gives birth to her heir Annie Besant, who gives birth to Niels Bohr, whose testicles spew out Angela Merkel? This thought experiment forms the key node of the exhibition that – in a series of new sculptures, 3D film, wool, photography, hypnosis, and sound – hallucinates and speculates in a web of births and vanishings and the obscure coming into being of quantum physics. Lea Porsager’s belief in what the American intellectual Donna Haraway calls ‘staying with the trouble’ is central, and unfolds in SPIN Φ’s mix of science, politics, esoteric thinking and inherent scepticism about any quest for the truth.

#Merkel_fabulates: … it feels really heavy from the knees down. When I think about it, it is as if it grows a bit up and down. It’s not so nice when the legs just dangle. I think I should have been born a long time ago. It’s as if I’ve been handed down. I don’t feel I have anything to do with the stomach I’m inside. I was the one meant to give birth. It hardly matters that I should give birth to it … give birth to what I’m inside without being inside it. Okay, I’m not that keen on being here any more. I need to …

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