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Colours of Becoming

Piles of colourful sand on the floor of the exhibition space

Judith Seng, "Colours of Becoming" - Exhibition Kleureyck at Design Museum Gent, Belgium

source: Kristof Vrancken

Former fellow Judith Seng presents Colours of Becoming  as part of the exhibition Kleureyck at the Design Museum Ghent in Belgium.

Colors of Becoming explores work as ritual of our daily life by turning the very act of doing as such into the actual result. Designed structures like work procedures or colourful paintings are decomposed, in order to allow for new compositions to emerge over the course of the exhibition.

A point of reference for Colors of Becoming is the restoration process of van Eyck’s altarpiece The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, which was exhibited in the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent over a period of seven years. As a result, the knowledge and craft of analyzing and adding layers of color and thus of time seems to become the actual “work” in which the original painting is only one actor among many other human to non-human interaction elements. This view of the different entanglements in which a work is embedded - such as creating, restoring, historizing, displaying, viewing - shifts perspectives on structures, values, priorities and how we allow which of those in what form and at what time to come to the foreground.

For Colors of Becoming, the wall paintings of the Catherine Room have been decomposed into single block colors to be continuously painted and experienced in space and and time by workers and audiences alike. Over the entire course of the exhibition, the room is painted for exactly one hour every Tuesday and Thursday. Instead of following a desired outcome, the choreography of painting is rather guided by an attitude of focusing on the very act of doing - with the material provided and during a defined period of time - that leaves material traces in space.

Curator: Siegrid Demyttenare
Workers: Mike and Rievaat from Dienstwerk
Team Studio Judith Seng: Mirjam Faber, Lucas Wheeler, Anna Luise Pfau
Production Team Museum: Giel Vandecaveye, Peter Vander Motten

When? Where?
18 May 2020 to 21 February 2021
Design Museum Gent
Jan Breydelstraat 5
9000 Gent

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