NOWs: Everything Is Not Lost by Nina Schuiki

19 November - 17 December 2016 / Nows


Everything Is Not Lost
Nina Schuiki

For Everything Is Not Lost, Nina Schuiki collected discarded and abandoned wood from various sites in Austria, Germany, and China, turning the original function of a window frame or piece of furniture into hundreds of wooden beads. These beads are threaded into a looped chain that spans the height of the space, creating an expanded scale that references the earliest function of such beads as a measurement of time.
Time here occurs as a form of counting one by one and the passing of time itself. Through the material transformation, objects lose their original reference and find themselves as ongoing markers in an allegory on the notions of mourning and melancholy. Benjamin traces this allegory towards profound knowledge and understanding as an inconsistent timespace negotiating between then and now.

Nina Schuiki: Everything Is Not Lost, 2015. Beads made from wood re-purposed from found objects (window frame, stool, table, walking stick, column, bench, tree branch), 12.88 metres length

Nina Schuiki, still from the accompanying video “Everything Is Not Lost”, 28 min, colour, sound, 2016

Currently on view within the exhibition |_|, at the Forum Stadtpark, Graz
19.11. bis 17.12.2016

“What is important: the unsayable, the white space between the words, while these words themselves we always insert as side-issues, which as such are not the central part of what we mean. Our core concern remains unwritten, and that means, quite literally, that you write around it.” – Max Frisch, Diary 1946-49

Dimitra Charamandas, Yolanda Domínguez, Emil Gruber, Christian Haake, Gerhard Lojen, Hermann Glettler, Søren Berner / Christian Falsnaes / Martin Fraenkel, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Nina Schuiki, Markus Wilfling

Curated by Andreas Heller und zweintopf