Aglaia Konrad

Sculpture House, 2007

Aglaia Konrad is interested in the representation of architectures with sculptural forms. This film is about a house located on a vast piece of land on a hillside, in the Liège region of Belgium. Built between 1967 and 1968 by the architect Jacques Gillet (1931), in close collaboration with the sculptor Félix Roulin (1931) and the engineer René Greisch (1929-2000), it was the outcome of research encompassing both the functional and aesthetic dimensions of the building. Formed by multiple concrete veils, the house offers a lot of different viewpoints. Through her video, Aglaia Konrad tries to capture in a continuum the eye cast on the architecture. This film thus grasps the composition of the various masses, volumes, solids and voids, by mixing static shots and slow camera movements. The artist casts on this building an analytical eye, devoid of any kind of rhetoric. With great formal mastery, she manages to describe the organic and sculptural qualities of the building. In tiny variations of light and sequences, she captures the expressiveness and plasticity of the rough concrete surfaces. By treating the architecture in close-up shots, she only brings the natural environment forth in a parsimonious way; the editing of the video, which intermingles interior and exterior shots, thus shows the plastic continuity inherent in the design of this house. On the sidelines of the film, through headphones, the viewer can listen to excerpts of “conversations”, between the architects Wim Cuyvers and Jacques Gillet, as well as between Félix Roulin and the artist Joëlle Tuerlinckx. So, in the exhibition space and time, Aglaia Konrad singles out different ways of gaining access to one and the same architecture:  slow, contemplative and silent understanding through imagery, opening up to a subjective, historical and critical dimension, through sound.

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