Lolo & Sosaku, 2A Metal, MAR 04,2021 - MAR 31,2021

The interdisciplinary work of the artist duo Lolo & Sosaku escapes the standard genre classification and labeling, bouncing between sculpture, painting and music all the way to performance. Similar to earlier works, in “2A Metal” the mechanical sculptures assume the role of dance and music performers, creating a composition of various elements consisting of sculptures, paintings, sounds and movements. They become a post-humanist musical, a concrete music piece nested in a strong visual surrounding with rich layers of simultaneous actions, like a continuous dance between creation and destruction. By offering many different narrative points of views – between omniscient (the drone vision) and limited narrations (the 1st and the 3rd person’s point of view through the cameras positioned on the artists’ heads and even a POV of the machine) – the video performance creates a feeling of being submerged into the action but at the same time being detached from it, struggling to find logic or purpose in the unfamiliar actions or a soothing melody in the cacophony of sounds. Experimentation and ‘mistakes’ are integral parts to the work of Lolo & Sosaku, the freedom that comes with the improvisation and chaos even becomes the artists’ leitmotiv, marking the narrative structure of “2A Metal”. Even though the beginning and the end of the video are clearly marked, the spectator is thrown into the middle of the action where s/he assumes an almost uncomfortable role of witnessing a strange process s/he seems to be a part of, but doesn’t have any control of. And indeed, once we are finished with the viewing, the sounds of the dying instruments and the exciting ideas of men merging with the machines continue to haunt us, making us dramatically aware of the everyday objects lying around us, wondering about their inner lives. Text by Dunja Jankovic Lolo & SosakuBuenos Aires, Argentina, 1977Tokio, Japan, 1976Live and work in Barcelona, SpainLolo&Sosaku investigate the possibilities of sculpture as an expandedfield. The nexus that unitestheir workisthequest for anobjectin contactwithitssurroundings and with the spectator, an object that seeks frictionand tension, exploring the capacity of creating new meanings.Theirwork moves between differentartisticlanguages such as sculpture,installation, kinetic art andpainting, often incorporating music andsound.Itsmodus operandiisto constitute itself as a subject andto reachfrom itsmachinic materiality to transcendence, to mysticism and to the unknown.Electronic music is certainly the highlight of theirinspiration as a complexlanguage translated into sound installations and sculptural compositions.Shapes, lines, materials and sounds are assembled together into motionsculptures that perform taking their own voice in an unpredictablecontinuous transformation.Exploring many artistic horizons andredefining boundaries, their interest is the energy and the hidden forcesthat guide life in our technological age.Lolo&Sosaku’s work has been exhibited and performed, amongst others,at Museo Reina Sofia (Madrid, Spain), MACBA Museum of ContemporaryArt of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain), PSA Power Station of Art (Shanghai,China), MIS Museu da Imagem e do Som (São Paulo,Brasil),FundaçãoCasa França Brasil (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil), Sónar (Barcelona, Spain),Matadero (Madrid, Spain), Palace of Culture (Iasi, Romania), LuisAdelantado Gallery (Valencia, Spain) and Instituto Cervantes (Milan,Italy).Currently they are exhibiting theinstallation27.500 Parpadeosat MuseoCan Framis(Barcelona, Spain).Upcomingsolo exhibitions:2A Metal,online-exhibition atNight Time Stories(Los Angeles, USA),De la tierraatEspacio Industrial(L’Hospitalet, Spain),Torqueat Double Square Gallery(Taipei, Taiwan), Neo Gutaiat Galleria Bianconi (Milan, Italy).Upcominggroup exhibitions:Our garden needs its flowers. Fluxos i narrativesartístiques, Districte Cultural de L’Hospitalet (L’Hospitalet, Spain),Worldsof Networks, Centre Pompidou (Paris, France).Lolo & Sosaku recentlyhave beenawarded a sholarsip forinvestigation and education by MACBAMuseum ofContemporary Art of Barcelona

 

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