shock control regression adaptation
at PROGRAM__initiative for art and architecture collaborations
Invalide Straße 155
July 17 – August 20, 2010
curated by Carson Chan and Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga
shock control regression adaptation is a laser-installation developed by Raurouw that transforms PROGRAM's exhibition space into a place of continuously changing atmospheric conditions.
Mirrors are attached to various surfaces to interweave laser beams through the space. Sequenced into four distinct phases that corresponds with Theologian Yorick Spiegel's four phases of mourning, the lasers will alternate in configuration and densities to describe geometric interpretations of shock, control, regression and adaptation.
Activated by the movement of visitors in the space, the phase changes suggest and anticipate the shifts in social and spatial relations both between the visitors and the exhibition space and create certain affects.
Rau means wild, from the germanic word roh, or the quality of being wild or untamed. Rouw, with a germano-romanic-greek etymological background, means to mourn, but understood through Spiegel's phasing, to mourn is to adapt.
As a combination of these two phenomena, Raurouw encapsulates the relationships between the logic of adaptation, its expression within human behaviours, as well as the untamed wild forces of nature.