Kunsthall Trondheim
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Metahaven
Capture

Metahaven: Capture (2022), digital film, color, sound. Created in 2022 by Metahaven, co-commissioned by Kunsthall Trondheim, Screen City Biennial, and Arts at CERN. With additional support from KORO and the Arts Council Norway. Arts at CERN is supported by UNIQA Fine Art Insurance, Switzerland.

Capture is a film, an exhibition, and a question. It is a fundamental query asking what knowledge is, exploring the methods of art and of science to attempt to answer it. In its impossible venture for a riposte, Capture is also an object of science fiction.

The solo exhibition by the artist collective Metahaven unfolds from research into the archives of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Established in 1954 on the Franco-Swiss border as a pan-European initiative, CERN’s mission is to foster new knowledge in fundamental physics. The film work Capture evolves around the particle detectors at the Large Hadron Collider, which the artists consider as a cinematic device, or a camera.

Lichens growing on trees and rocks can similarly be thought of as a cinematic affair. They are biosensors registering industrialization and environmental pollution, but also regeneration. They urge us to observe and to listen. To pay attention, slowly. They challenge the idea that appearances as we perceive them, as opposed to, say, how a bat perceives them, are tethered to the fundamental laws of physics—laws we are still in the process of uncovering, and maybe always will be.

Both science and art attempt to capture—and thereby affect or, we might say, create—their object of study. In the case of science this occurs through empirical methods, and in the case of art through aesthetic experience. Both are experimentally acquired objects, or facts. Capture attempts to compare, reconcile, or splinter scientific and artistic facts. It transfigures fundamental physics into the experience of art, and back.

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The work of the Amsterdam-based artist collective Metahaven consists of filmmaking, writing, and design. Films by Metahaven include Chaos Theory (2021), Hometown (2018), and Information Skies (2016). Metahaven has participated in group exhibitions at Artists Space, New York, the Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, the Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, the Busan Biennale, Busan, the Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, and M HKA, Antwerp, among others, and solo exhibitions at MoMA PS1, New York, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Izolyatsia, Kyiv, ICA London, e-flux, New York, and State of Concept Athens, among others. Their work is in collections of the Sharjah Art Foundation, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, among others. Recent publications include the book-length essay Digital Tarkovsky (2018).

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Metahaven’s newly commissioned film Capture is co-commissioned by Kunsthall Trondheim, Arts at CERN and Screen City Biennial, supported by KORO and the Arts Council Norway.