After viewing the film, Arielle and I decided to explore the exhibits featured in the DCA. The first exhibit we happened upon, Read Thou Art, Read Thou Shalt Remain by Cara Tolmie, was cut short with a shared look of dissuasion. We quickly moved on to the next exhibit; Nina Rhode: Friendly Fire. We slowed our quick exit as we made our way into the large room, passing the curator, a twenty something with a toned down version of the popular look of dyed hair with random shaved and long sections. Unaccustomed to being able to participate in the process of finished art, we both tentatively made our way around the room, becoming bolder as we discovered what each piece could do.
The curator was friendly enough to instruct us on what to do with the first and most notable interactive piece called Gong. It involved a rope hanging off of a log situated between two saws still and dangerous above our heads. I pulled out my camera as Arielle pulled the rope gently to the left. Nothing happened. She tried again, pulling harder and we were both surprised as the log hit the saws with a resounding gong. Each piece in the room was simple and playful, from the C Major Harmonica to the Clowning. The largest piece in the room was called The Procurator, a piece that from far away looks like a mosaic of a temple but up close are actually used firework shells. The curator explained that the artist collected the firework shells the day after New Year’s Day in
. Berlin, Germany
Of course our trip wouldn’t be complete without at least one planking picture and I willingly obliged to plank in front of the art piece called Bin.
C Major Harmonica