21 December 2012

Hanne Darboven at Camden Arts Centre

Camden Arts Centre had an exhibition at the start of this year of Hanne Darboven's work.
The three rooms showed several of Darboven’s large scale serial works, which focus on the passage and structuring of time. The installations consist of hand drawn notations and numbers, musical scores, and texts, sometimes accompanied by images and objects.

The music was played on an organ, and the recording played continuously - rather disconcerting till you found out what it was and why it was part of the exhibition, after which it became possible to stop letting it interfere with your looking. 

Darboven's systems of recording have me shaking my head at her perseverence and their arcaneness. It's either art or madness... "All that order, all that organising, for nothing" said one review.

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