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Project

Michael Stumpf

'We are more-dimensional' / Off-site

Viborg Kunsthal

15 September - 26 November 2017

'We are more-dimensional' is an ambitious solo exhibition by Glasgow-based artist Michael Stumpf, presented by The Common Guild at Viborg Kunsthal for ‘The Sleepover: Rethinking Art Institutions’, which is part of Aarhus 2017.

Stumpf's sculptural installation is a complex collection of cast, carved, sewn and found objects. Each with their own resonance - from Viborg's specific geology, to the poems of Ursula K. Le Guin, and the zeros and ones of binary coding - Stumpf's works use sculpture to pose questions about the material and technological reality of the world we currently inhabit.

For this exhibition, Stumpf has worked with The Animation Workshop in Viborg to develop an augmented reality that animates a hand-blown glass vessel - an otherwise static object. Through digital means, he both seriously and humorously suggests that the object itself embodies stories that are otherwise invisible to us. Here, as in much of his previous work, Stumpf combines suggestive narrative fragments to create newly constructed myths for our time.

The Common Guild was invited to participate in ‘The Sleepover’ as part of Viborg Kunsthal’s research into new ways of thinking about art institutions and their resources. The starting point was a stay in the Kunsthal´s artist residency in 2016, where a number of artists and curators have developed new ideas and concepts for exhibitions. The outcome in 2017 comprises exhibitions by Swedish/Danish artist Andreas Emenius, the European network In Situ and The Common Guild.