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Cut/Prompt.

Mixed Media Installation in collaboration with artist Douglas Morland at 68 Art Institute, Copenhagen; Screenprints on emulsion and plywood; Photocopied Text works; Wall Painting.

Dimensions Variable.

 

From the exhibition press release:

Derounian and Morland operate principally in sculptural and image-based media. They are preoccupied, through varying approaches, with the use of theatrical and performance-related imagery and conventions, which are used in both their cases as (self-) critical vocabularies for examining visual and written language’s communicative ability and limitations.

Over the last year, the artists have been exchanging what they refer to as ‘prompts’ – cryptic, typographic and image-based transmissions – which take on and parody the form of a dramaturgical script. These have been used to elicit responses from one another, subsequently interpreting or translating the ‘prompt’ sent by the other into object form. Their function has been to act as deliberately cryptic or obscure catalysts, which begin subjective dialogues, set however within the defined objective parameters chosen to reflect the artists’ shared concerns.

The result of this process is the intentional derailment of a clear or logical sense of one another’s intentions. Instead what occurs here are wilful accidents, a blurring of objective and subjective readings and an engagement with the instability inherent in any process of communication between collaborators, particularly when there’s a dependence upon and awareness of the material limitations of artistic media. Processes and materials visible in Cut/Prompt such as screen-printing and hand-dyed fabric suggest a tension between the ‘mediated’ and the ‘real’ in relation to both a material’s ability to carry information, and how aesthetic choices determine the legibility of that information.

With this instability and these limitations in mind, Cut/Prompt explores the space that can lie between a script and its reader’s subjective interpretation of it (and furthermore between that and the audience’s reading of this very interpretation), a space of the possibility of meaning.