One of the four consecutive editions of Double Room at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin brought together artists Rosa Aiello and Cooper Jacoby in a show, which ran from October 9 to November 6, 2015. Curated by Nóra Feigl, Erik Jacobs, Elisa R. Linn and Anna Straetmans, the collaborative process was brought to the fore in an effort to explore the combination of two distinct artistic practices. In addition, there were readings by Hannah Black, Tess Edmonson, Eva Kenny and Aiello herself on the eve of the opening.
For Double Room, the space becomes a part of the installation and provides a physical framework with which the artists must respond, forcing the works to engage in a conversation through an intimate proximity in the tight spatial unit. Jacoby, whose show Stagnants at Berlin’s Matthew Gallery aqnb recently reviewed, presents Flatlines (2015), sculptures which sit quietly in the space. Using lacquered steel, lucite, canola oil/machine lubricant and surgical sutures, these objects are delicate yet clinical and are quietly camouflaged into the architecture of the room. Aiello’s nine-minute and 48-second HD video ‘Serving’ (2015) occupies the rest of the space with colour and sound.
The exhibition seeks to highlight a dialectical relationship, engaging in a transparency of subservience and authority in the infrastructure of conversation. The nucleus of the Double Rooms is in an absent truth and a desire to establish what this is through a coming together of sorts; the misled beneficiaries.**
Exhibition photos, top right.