Darri Lorenzen – The manipulation of boundaries

Posted August 13th, 2013 under Festival

Darri Lorenzen

In the process of working through concepts and experiences of space, Lorenzen does not aim for spectacular effects, nor does he set up experiments with the goal of explaining how vision or space in and of itself, functions. Rather, his minimal interventions and subtle shifts emphasize and play with the fact that space is constructed processually, through a series of changes, out of small fragments, which ­ through memory and the experience of time ­ eventually appear as the basic elements constituting any idea of space. The
 artist works with elements of the spatial situation at hand, while the visitor himself sets the work in motion. By creating situations and images of fragmentation, Lorenzen embraces postmodern concepts of space, and in his most re-cent works, he has begun to explore the ultimate fragmentation, in the form of digital, or virtual, space. The practice of separating elements, shifting, reflecting, and playing with them gives rise to the special quality of his work, which lies, essentially, in the continuous investigation of spatial perception ­ not to ensure its function, but, on the contrary, to destabilize it. It is like a leap into the void, a game whose rules are grounded in the fact that, ultimately, the whole apparatus of human perception is analogous to the notion of the blind being led by the lame ­ that is, perception is guided by the cognitive processes that allow us to imagine what space is like. Still, playing with human limitations does not lead to stumbling; instead, it produces unexpected observations and experiences of space (and often, beauty), just as poetry can surprise with its virtuoso manipulation of boundaries, as it moves beyond the purely communicative functions of language.
- Kathrin Meyer. In Point Of Fact, Berlin: Krome Gallery, 2010, p. 37­38

Darri, who has studied at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee and Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, lives and works in Berlin.

On Air: Darri Lorenzen

The ikono On Air Festival is showing four films by Darri Lorenzen:

Study (2013)
Darri Lorenzen

77 (2011)

Void Doubt Echo (2009)
Darri Lorenzen Void Doubt Echo
Performance documentation with Helga Wretman

90 Minutes From Where You Are Now (2009)
CGI and editing: Timur Siqin, sound mixing: Björn Viktorsson (Bíóhljód), actress: Jessica Lanan, photography: Martin Thacker, Thanks to: BJ Nilsen, Björn Quiring, Börkur Arnarson, Benedict Andrews, Nik Kosmas, Daniel Keller, Stephen Lichty, Aleksandra Domonovic.
Originally produced for MOMENTUM 2009 – 5th Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art | Favoured Nations.
Lorenzen radically separates space, light, and sound from narrative. For him they are tools for composing situations and images, in which the processes of spatial perception are emphasized. – - -
90 Minutes from Where You Are Now (2009). In it, gradual changes occur: the screen lightens or darkens, the black rectangle is “folded back,” a blue image or the superimposed head of a woman appears. All of this is accompanied by a soundtrack that occasionally reacts to the visual changes, while, at other times, fills the room with an unrelated sound, or else is completely silent. The projection surface, sound, light, and colors are the protagonists in Lorenzen’s film, which is simply about the creation of spaces and atmospheres–in other words, about film itself.
- Kathrin Meyer. In Point Of Fact, Berlin: Krome Gallery, 2010, p. 37-38


- Homepage of Darri Lorenzen: www.darrilorenzen.net
- Darri Lorenzen at Krome Gallery

Other Videos by Darri Lorenzen

Krome Gallery / In Point of Fact: Darri Lorenzen

In Point of Fact, a site-specific work by Icelandic artist Darri Lorenzen (b. 1978), transforms the Krome Gallery into both a real and virtual protagonist, by the means of subtle interventions into its architecture and the generation of a 3D computer simulation.

The centre of the (real) space features an antique wooden vitrine, which came from the former Karl Marx bookstore adjacent to the gallery. This object of display becomes both the projection screen for an absent art object and an animated actor within the computer simulation.

Further actors are added as more people visit the exhibition, making the viewer an integral part of Lorenzen’s interplay of shifting and overlapping perceptions of space, time and body.

Round Here (by Darri Lorenzen)

Neulant van Exel & Elin Hansdottir & Darri Lorenzen – Tunnel

160m long tunnel installation in Island 2005
„Material Time/Work Time/Life Time” (Kuratorin Jessica Morgan, Tate Modern, London).

Image on top of page: »Round Here«, 2007, site specific photographs, glass & circling light-bulb. By Darri Lorenzen.