Philipp Goldbach Exhibition

Event Dates: 
3 November, 2017 - 17:00 - 6 January, 2018 - 16:00

As an artist, Philipp Goldbach is interested in the cognitive and corporeal possibilities of human labour in relation to technical production. His point of departure is formed by the classic cultural technology of writing along with technical transcription and storage media (in a wider sense), with photography serving as their paradigm.

While these technologies are conventionally understood to serve a labour-reducing or prosthetic function - replacing the activity and abilities of people through standardisable operations - Goldbach takes up this functional logic in his work in order to immediately undermine it. To do so he occupies machines’ roles in a model manner: he takes over the function of a device to “automatically” carry out activities which the everyday economy of time and labour delegates to machines.

Whether this consists of his transferring complete books to sheets of paper by hand (“Micrographs”), his expanding an analogue camera’s exposure time of a fraction of a second into a choreography in space (“KvZ”) or manually constructing a digital storage device from scratch (“Read Only Memory”) - it is always also about mentally and physically reclaiming an opaque technical process in direct contact with the materials, relating it back to one’s own body and its temporal and corporeal proportions in an exemplary manner and providing visibility to the gesture of individual, skilled manual labour and its contingent traces in normed and standardised processes.

When: 3 November 2017 - 6 January 2018

Opening hours: Wed, Thu, Fri 2-6:30 pm / Sat 10 am - 4 pm

Where: Galerie Gisèle Linder, Elisabethenstrasse 54, 4051 Basel