|Alicja Kwade is interested in scientific phenomena and musings, manipulating objects, processes, and concepts in ways that seek to challenge, if not defy, the laws of physics. She looks for simple ways to arrive at an understanding of reality in which established conveniences and materials are re-arranged and re-valued. Kwade questions cultural hierarchies and agreements by challenging objects' functional identities and by scrutinising the inherent quality of materials and conditions.|
Her world is one in which nothing can be taken for granted.
Stellar Day, 2013. A half-ton boulder sits on the gallery floor. At a first glance it looks like an ordinary stone, however, careful observation reveals that the stone is rotating - very slowly, in a clock-wise motion. Moving against the direction of the earth's rotation, the stone completes one full turn in 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4,099 seconds, the equivalent of one day measured in "Sidereal time" (a time scale based on the Earth's rate of rotation measured relative to the fixed stars). The boulder can thus be seen as the only 'still' thing on Earth, given an almost extraterrestrial quality, located on Earth but not subject to the planet's physical laws.
In-fluence, 2013. Mounted on the wall is a 1930's institutional wall clock with a nail next to it in on the lower left hand side. The clock's second hand speeds up during a 15 second period of each minute when it passes the nail as if affected by it in a peculiar way. Despite this interruption each minute remains "correct". Many of Kwade's works deal with the phenomenon of time and clocks as entities hold an ongoing fascination for her as the ultimate fusion of the temporal and the physical.
Alicja Kwade was born in 1979 in Katowice, Poland and currently lives and works in Berlin.
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