Disobedient Children, a solo exhibition by Dorine van Meel at London’s Kunstraum gallery, ran from October 23 to December 19, 2015. Multiple screens and spoken fragments of sound play off each other to create an abstract narrative, all voiced by the artist with music and sound produced and performed by Jesse Osborne-Lanthier and Olle Holmberg.
The exhibition was accompanied by an evening of performative readings on November 29 by Maria Gorodeckaya, Megan Nolan, Naomi Pearce, Rianna Jade Parker (The Lonely Londoners) and Nina Power. Each artist responded to the theme of disobedience, further complicating the site of the sole protagonist.
Van Meel’s writing works its way between sculpture, installation and moving image. Focusing on architectural elements, screens hang in different angles and projections seep away from their original frame. Digitally manipulated visuals create abstract landscapes and scenes connected by ‘chapters’.
The press release outlines some of the voices that resonate in the space, “An intimate dialogue at a wedding; the confessions of a young banker; hitchhikers at the gas station; a scene from an Antonioni film; a description of a Hillary Clinton clip on Youtube; Twitter feeds from UK’s prime minister”. Weaved throughout are recollections from the artist’s own memories and experiences. Disobedience finds its power in the moment of rupture, where overlap disintegrates common ideologies and patterned ways of thinking.**
Exhibition photos, top right.