Curated by Kordula Fritze-Srbic
Kunstverein Göttingen presents Lea Porsager’s first major institutional solo exhibition in Germany in the Altes Rathaus, the city’s medieval town hall. The exhibition Ring-Pass-Not spans the fields of science, politics, feminism and esotericism, bringing together a unique selection of Porsager’s works. Drawing the viewer into peripheral and poetic realities, Porsager brings eerie and spiritual subjects of investigation to the fore.
In esoteric literature, the concept of the so-called ring “pass not” inspires a multitude of interpretations, from it being an allegorical circle "within which are confined all those who still labor under the delusion of separateness," to “a point in space,” to a phenomena that is "neither a locality nor can it be measured by distance, but that it exists in the absoluteness of infinity”. Encompassed by 3.141592653 (The Non-orientable Tapeworm) (2015), the exhibition Ring-Pass-Not divulges the kinship between Porsager's past and present works.
From Porsager’s How to Program and Use T-F (2013), the T-F 3 are a nod to the book Thought-Forms by Annie Besant and C.W Leadbeater (1901) in which thought-forms are described as moving freely through time and space as both immaterial and living entities. The bronze Kundabuffers from Food for the Moon – Sluggish and Well-lubricated (2013) are a derivation of the alien organs inserted into humans' spines in Armenian mystic G.I. Gurdjieff’s science fiction novel An Objective Criticism of the Life of Man (1950). The 81 bent metal objects from Golden Insider – 81 Inflated Facets (2014) stem from Kundalini Yoga Technology, which categorizes the human mind into 81 aspects (or facets), deemed either positive ("+"), negative ("-"), or neutral ("="). The daggers from Cut-Splice Supercluster (2014) literally chop up concepts from different esoteric doctrines and fuse them together in unfamiliar ways, whereas #Planck_bed (Handmade Raft: Masturbatory Powertool under Woolly Circumstances with Triangle of Power and Unattached Cunt-flower) (2015) serves as a continuation of SPIN Φ (2015) and its gyration of matter and matters.
The constellation of films, texts and sculptures that constitute Ring-Pass-Not is rooted in experiments and speculations — doings and undoings — which seeks to expand and question the notion of any assertive, well-defined dichotomy that might exist between “thought” and “form.”
Lea Porsager (born 1981, DK) studied Fine Arts at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. Through her artistic practice she examines the development of systems of thought, whose origins lie in occultism and alternative movements. An artist of documenta13, Porsager develops her work through the exploration of subcultural strategies, which lead to the enhancement of our perceptual systems, bodies, and consciousness. Her works are based on intensive research on alternative thinkers such as Rudolf Steiner, Helena Blavatsky, G. I. Gurdjieff, and Annie Besant, whose lost works Porsager recreated as a medium and is now showing at the 2015 Istanbul Biennial. Porsager has exhibited internationally in a range of group and solo exhibitions, including Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, The Emily Harvey Foundation, New York; Modernes Museum Malmö; Kunsthalle Lund; Open Studio, ISCP, New York; NGBK - Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin; Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius; Museum für Bildende Kunst, Arnheim; Kunsthalle Aarhus; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel; Fotografisches Zentrum, Kopenhagen; KUMU, Tallinn; and Henningsen Gallery, Kopenhagen. Porsager has been awarded the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Fellowship and the Montana Enter Prize. She was an artist in residence at Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin in 2015.
The exhibition has kindly been made possible by:
Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur