Artists: aaajiao, Wong Ping, Liu Yefu, Liu Yin, Nabuqi, Song Ta, Wang Shang, Cici Wu, Lantian Xie, Yu Ji, and Yan Jun
“Access Through a Detour” is a group show organized by Magician Space. The exhibition explores the discrepancy of what is seen and unseen to the viewer, looking at how artists move beyond the definable boundary of things. To go somewhere via a detour is not the same as losing a state of attentiveness. It is about taking into account something not immediately visible to our eyes – when there is a certain pleasure in being unmoored by a sense that an image can never fully capture something in its entirety. How does distancing help us to produce an effect within this situation? Here, we look at the role of strategy, allusion, and how the creation of new somatic experiences offers alternatives to discover – and help better articulate – people and objects. Many of the works choose a way to filter or locate a particular signal from a noise of information in order to clarify our way of experiencing a phenomenon.
The filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski once described the role of a filmmaker as akin to participating in a ski slalom: the skill is to weave between obstacles laid out in advance of the oncoming artist – who moves around to both obscure and resist – looking to find a path in order to arrive back to the audience. He was talking about barriers of Polish filmmakers as a game against constraints. Is there something we can gain by instead using an indirect approach to engage? What if we imagine these poles to be dispersed further away from us? In other words, is there anything else that a detour might grant us access to?