Aernout Mik
3 laughing and 4 crying 1998 Exhibition Allianzgebäude am Kurfürstendamm
Video installation Courtesy of Galerie Carlier/Gebauer Berlin.
3 laughing and 4 crying 1998, Videostills, © Aernout Mik
Four women and three men sit on the floor. Some are laughing uproariously or giggling behind a hand. Others are sobbing, moaning, or wailing uncontrollably and are inconsolable. Not only are the happy ones incapable of empathising with the unhappy ones, and the unhappy ones unable to ask for help. No one is able to share the joy or the sorrow of their neighbours.
Despite the explicit reference to sound in the title 3 laughing and 4 crying, this video installation is astonishing in its complete absence of sound. Aernout Mik's works are known for their ability to express the fragility of the »condition humaine«. The architectonic spaces into which he introduces these images surround the viewers, questioning and wearing them down.
Aernout Mik works with combinations of built-in walls and inset projected video images, which he adapts to the conditions of each site. These in-situ structures significantly contribute to the psychological escalation of the strange feigned filmic scenarios.
Aernout Mik, born 1962 in Groningen [NL], lives in Amsterdam [NL]
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Alvin Curran
Joanna Dudley
Ulrich Eller
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Bernhard Gál
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Robert Jacobsen
Rolf Julius
Georg Klein/Steffi Weismann
Katjia Kölle
Christina Kubisch
Hans Peter Kuhn
Tilman Küntzel
Kalle Laar
Donatella Landi
Bernhard Leitner
Aernout Mik
Robin Minard
Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga
Helen Mirra
Michael Muschner
Carsten Nicolai
Andreas Oldörp
Finnbogi Pétursson
Werner Reiterer
Robin Rimbaud aka scanner
Julian Rosefeldt
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tamtam [Sam Auinger/Hannes Strobl]
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Maurice van Tellingen
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Heinz Weber
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