10.06 - 02.07.11

This project combines research into aberrations of matter and memory. Kati Kärki will be presenting new works specifically made for the space of Teto Projects alongside video and sound pieces by Hanne Lippard. A series of events will follow every friday for a month time to bring in a variety of thoughts on the subject by other thinkers and makers. Somehow scientific, the title Aberrations extracts a sensibility from the works of Kärki and Lippard optical aberrations of geometric, chromatic and defocused natures, - terms all derivative of phenomena in physics. In the video piece "Skyggen" Lippard  evokes several definitions of the word aberrations, a dynamic and fluctuating series of moving images. It seems to embody all of these oddities, - as one can observe the potential distorting effects of a lens, or the separation of colour into its constituent wavelengths. Much about, and exploring of light, the work is poetic and offers no disclosure, - a mysterious lingering occurrence or entity. Likewise, in another piece of Kärki, we see the same refusal of any explicit content. Two slide projections, super-imposed at adjacent angles build a third image, a puzzling axis, in effect creating a tear or defect. The image proposes an abnormality, whilst remaining in the ideal world of the geometric and abstract. The result is both partially scientific and poetic reflection, - the creation of a reflective space to entertain a plethora of possibilities. Amongst other pieces, Kärki presents a collection of frames, items bound by both aesthetic and functional properties. In an analytical perspective, the frames appear as an entourage, and eventually in the light of 'aberration' a genus or species of sort, a collection which displays diversity by means of difference. Aberration is in this way explored as a deviation from a norm, or the proximity from an original blueprint for what an object should be. This thematics further resonates in Lippard's spoken word piece "Lostisms" which alters the meaning of the word 'lost' through a variation of context and repetition. It is in this capacity the works of both artists seek to remain open ended and non-conclusive, rather as proposals for further reflection.

Kati Kärki was born in Finland, she studied Fine Art in the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and now holds residence in Amsterdam. Her explorations in art have taken her through a combination of media, - from photography and printmaking, to sculptural furniture, writing and spoken word. Also she arranges discursive events that manifest in social gatherings, providing intimate settings for discussions about and around art. Her investigations in her visual practice can be described as an obsession with light, time and space and the human minds’ reflections about them. She is questioning how looking and perception constitute in giving meaning and providing form to the mental and physical space we are living in. Her work places itself between the lines of conceptual thinking and visual tactility, using different methods to create conditions for ephemeral things to be brought to more palpable form.  

Hanne Lippard was born in England, raised in Norway, and after having lived in Sweden, Denmark and Holland, she currently resides in Berlin. She holds a degree in Graphic Design, but her work is conveyed through many other disciplines, such as writing, film, audio and performance. In order to connect this widespread variety of elements in her work, she always maintains one position— that of the narrator. The narrator always tries to give voice to its subject. Taking the statement literally, the use of sound has in the recent years become one of her main means of expression. The use of her own voice becomes a way of personalising language, and placed in a spatial setting it creates an omnipresence differing from that found within written language. Her way of combining text with image stems from her background in Graphic Design, but the use of sound instead of ink breaks with the linearity and the tactility of the printed matter. It could therefore be described as audible typography.