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Diana Lelonek and Denim Szram
Melting Gallery, 2019, 2021

22 Jan 2021, Fri - 7 Mar 2021, Sun
Blk 43 Malan Road

Free Jazz III. Sound. Walks.

 

 

 

This symphony of disappearing glaciers consists of three melting Alpine glaciers: du Rhone, Aletsch and Morteratsch, and is a slowly trickling catastrophe whose arrival is hardly spectacular. Blurred, present everywhere and nowhere, it gives rise to anxiety. Alpine glaciers are disappearing. Some of them are already gone forever. Listening to the ubiquitous sounds of uniform dripping that resembles a countdown, the sound is a direct sign of irretrievable loss. Previously installed in an empty white cube gallery space, this installation faces the outdoors, in front of NTU CCA Singapore’s Exhibition Hall. It melts into the background sounds of its sub-urban terrain and adjacent secondary forests nearby, connecting the climate crisis not only across time and space, but more importantly across different climates and geographies, both raising and answering the artist’s question about where art resides in the climate crisis.

Melting Gallery is prepared in collaboration with and composed by Denim Szram, and created during Lelonek’s residency as part of the Culturescapes festival in Basel, Switzerland.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Diana Lelonek (Poland) explores relationships between humans and other species. Her projects are critical responses to the processes of over-production, unlimited growth, and our approach to the environment. She uses photography, living matter, and found objects, creating work that is interdisciplinary and often appears at the interface of art and science. 

She participated in several international biennales, festivals and group shows at: Riga International Biennale of Contemporary Art RIBOCA; Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg; Center of Contemporary Art, Warsaw; Kunstraum Niederosterriech, Vienna; Temporary Gallery, Cologne; Ballarat Photography Biennale, Australia; Tallin Art Hall; Culturescapes Festival, Basel; Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne. 

Denim Szram (Poland/Switzerland) a sound and media artist, whose artistic work oscillates between music production, performance, multimedia installations and immersive sound compositions. As an electronic musician he creates compositions for spaces, dance and theatre. An expert in the field of 3D audio and uses this for his acoustic scenography, he expands sound with other media and creates audio visual systems and musical interfaces to explore expression with new technology. His work has been shown internationally  and institutions like ZKM Karlsruhe, House of electronic arts in Basel,  and the Audio Art Festival Krakow.

 

Image: Diana Lelonek, Glacier du Rhône, research documentation for the project Melting Gallery, 2019. Courtesy the artist.