Jan Lemitz – The Registration Machine / Stroj za registraciju

Jan Lemitz

Photo by Jan Lemitz

Na izložbi (Pre)thitapljene antologije u Idriji, uz umjetnike koji su sudjelovali i na izložbi Antologije krijumčarenja u Rijeci, izlažu i Irena Gubanc i Jan Lemitz.

Jan Lemitz je diplomirao 2011. godine na Goldsmiths Collageu. U svom fotografskom radu se posvečuje arhitekturnoj i pejzažnoj fotografiji. Redovito izlaže po Europi i svijetu.

Projekt Stroj za registraciju objedinjuje nađene i nedavno napravljene fotografije kao odgovor na koncepte mobilnosti i migracije. Središnji dio projekta je Eurotunnel – pokušaj pobjeđivanja prirodne granice između Engleske i Francuske. Tunel postaje oruđe koje odražava razliku između željene i ne željene mobilnosti. Nastali pejzaž je dio političkog, gospodarskog i tehnološkog aparata za organiziranje europskog političnog prostora, koji se pretvara iz usklađenog poticatelja prijelaza u njegovu potpunu suprotnost – slomljenu pregradu. Projekt istražuje i ulogu strojeva te koristi tehnološke detalje kao metafizičke širine. Važnost Calaisa u proizvodnji čipki, u doba industrijalizacije, je bila izgrađena na prokrijumčarenim strojevima. Kao odgovor na povečanje društveno organiziranih radničkih pokreta, britanski proizvođači su preselili proizvodnju na sjever Francuske. Ti su strojevi u upotrebi još i danas. Gradnja tunela je stoljećima kasnije skupila moći korporacija. Simbolika toga razdoblja – kraja hladnog rata je u slomu konvencionalnih industrija i političkog uvjerenja tadašnjeg vremena. Calais je postao ključni grad u Europi gdje je tajna migracija postala vidljiva i preselila je svoj geopolitički položaj od unutarnje i centralne granice na vanjsku granicu Europskog prostora.

  www.janlemitz.com

Jan Lemitz graduated in Research Architecture from Goldsmiths College in 2011 and is dedicated to photographic practice. Thematically hes work is focused on landscape and architecture. He has exhibited in Europe and overseas on a regular basis

This project “The Registration Machine” combines found and recently produced photographic material in response to concepts and accounts of mobility and migratory movements. The Eurotunnel, the history of its idea and its construction are central to this work. The tunnel is a tool that reflects the distinction between wanted and unwanted for mobility and ways around this distinction. The emerging visual landscape is part of the political, economical and technological apparatus organising European political space that seems to be being transformed from a coherent facilitator of passage and flow into its complete opposite, that of a fractured barrier.

The photographs provide a rich account of attempts to overcome the natural borderland between England and France. Clandestine smuggle of contraband is an issue and plays a key role until present day. The project investigates the role of machines and uses technological detail as a metaphorical dimension. At the same time it allows to visualise and to reflect the contestations of the concepts of control in play. The resulting piece encourages associative readings of visual matter and allows to accommodate informal narratives. The potential of photographic practice as a mode of subjective articulation and the questioning of predominant means of representation play an extremely important role.

Calais importance in lace production in the era of industrialisation was built on smuggled machines. In response to the increase in socially organised labour movements, British manufacturers outsourced the production to the north of France. Technology and expertise were shipped across the Channel. The machines are in use until present day. The tunnel construction more than a century later gathered corporate power. In that it is symbolic for an era that broke the neck of conventional industries and ended the political certainties of its time as it coincided with the end of the cold war. It made Calais a key site within Europe where clandestine migration is being made visible and relocated its geopolitical position from an inner and central border location to the outer frontier of European space.

www.janlemitz.com


eulogo   “With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union”

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