INTO THE FUNNEL OF MELANCHOLY
11 JAN – 24 FEB 2019 //
MØSTINGS HUS //
Video (duration 18:00 min), water basin, black pigmented water, 2019
Empty aluminum brochure holder, dymo text: "This brochure might save you", 2019
Cement chipboards, plasterboards, wood battens, white wall paint, 2019
With the solo exhibition INTO THE FUNNEL OF MELANCHOLY, designed specifically to the rooms in Møstings Hus, Michael Würtz Overbeck unfolds an exhibition that through installation, objects, sculpture, and video, metaphorically and psychologically acquires the character of an inner odyssey.
INTO THE FUNNEL OF MELANCHOLY illuminates a fundamental sentiment of loneliness and a loss of cohesion with the world. Man is lost with the sense of pointlessness in an unmanageable world. As human being you may be struck by an existential emptiness – a melancholy – which includes doubt, discouragement and alienation from the outside world. A status que and an all-absorbing nothingness, where everything feels absurd and without purpose.
Another fundamental condition that we cannot escape from is time. Time is constantly running, and we can neither maintain it nor get it back. From the moment we are born and begin to exist, time starts running and reach the moment where we don't exist anymore. But we also live in the shadow of the mortality of our fellow human beings. The other's temporariness and death interfere with our own lifecycle and affects our view of the world around us.
Death, loss, and melancholy are leitmotifs throughout the exhibition for an exploration of the reflections that our own and the other's mortality set in motion. Confronted with impermanence, our understanding and perception of the world is displaced, and the answers and models for understanding that until now seemed fixed, suddekly appears fluid and in flux. This is reflected in the architecture of the exhibition where dislocations of the rooms and constructed walkways both lead and disorient the viewer.
The exhibition raises several questions about existence, perception and the construction of meaning. Is it possible to detach ourselves from the fragmented, absurd, chaotic and all-pervading world outside? Can we take refuge in ourselves? Is it possible to find the interspace between time and nothingness? The interspace, which is life. Rather than explanation, the questions call for reflection and the exhibition can be seen as a fragmentary study of different perspectives that are intertwined and connected in constant interaction.
The exhibition is supported by The Danish Arts Foundation
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