A New Curatorial Fair Initiative Spotlights International Dialogue
2 digital video files,11:34 min, 12:19 min
Two silent videos focus on hands performing meaningless tasks, one of which is to tie a decorative knot, the other to perform a trick with a pen. It is a question of doing something without an obvious goal, endlessly. The knot is known as the “eternity knot” whilst the pen trick is called the “infinity trick”, and both pieces bring up a notion of purposelessness, as a decorative knot serves no use as a knot and a pen trick is an act performed in the interim of writing.
Working with language and texts in many different forms—spoken, written, and projected, drawn from novels, reference books, and government documents—Meriç Algün Ringborg explores how our words and our ability to express ourselves impact our lives. Her wide-ranging projects have included mixed-media and site-specific installations, video and sound pieces, and collages and various other works on paper. Through them, she reveals the tension between coherence and nonsense in modes of everyday communication we often take for granted. As she once described, a deep concern with identity and how it is shaped by language influences each of her diverse projects: “A thread that runs through [my work] can be formed within questions of language and expression. To express oneself is a very powerful and privileged thing; one that should not be taken for granted.”
Turkish, b. 1983, Istanbul, Turkey, based in Stockholm, Sweden