Thanks to the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst
& Stichting Stokroos
Touch of Stone at Bradwolff Projects 2017
@ BRADWOLF PROJECTS 2017
TOUCH OF STONE
Inside a concrete bunker – built, originally, to provide people with shelter and physical protection – Marijn Bax examines the relationships and boundaries between the mind, the body, and multiple-meter-thick walls. What happens to a person who, for whatever reason, becomes isolated from the rest of the world? Bax is fascinated by the connections between our mental states and the time and space in which we find ourselves – and also, by the ways in which echoes from the past reverberate in the present.
Touch of Stone is based on an improvisational performance with Maria Demandt (dance) and Lucas Dols (double bass) in a site-specific installation, which resulted in a video-installation, ceramic objects, a poem and silkprints.
A body and a mind: in short, a human being. A species that distinguishes itself by its capacity to think, or so Western philosophy informs us. The mind controls the body. Or perhaps the body carries the mind. Either way, this duality, which dates back to Plato, keeps coming back to haunt us in guises that are ever evolving, and ever more extreme. What is the relationship between our mental states and pain? What is the physical effect of a pill that promises to protect you mind? And is being alone the same as being strong?