'Between Ears, New Colours', a group exhibition with Elena Narbutaitė and Hagar Schmidhalter at CRAC Alsace, Altkirch

February 24, 2020
Author Echo Gone Wrong

From February 16 to May 10, 2020, Between Ears, New Colours, a group exhibition with Elena Narbutaitė and Hagar Schmidhalter, curated by Elfi Turpin.

As exhibition titles succeeded one another, in search of a formula that wouldn’t settle anything, a volatile title-phenomenon, a mood, a title that would neither describe nor indicate its intentions, a title that would leave room for a bare experience of the exhibition, Elena was overtaken by a clear blue fear that things may never touch, Hagar by a vague green fear that she may no longer see the exhibition. Seeing that we no longer heard each other, I sent them the image of an offering, given by a certain Cutius to Asklêpiós, thanking him for restoring his lost hearing, a small square bas-relief showing a geometrical structure framing two ears sculpted in marble, most likely those of Cutius. Two ears facing one another, not only hearing but also speaking. Two ears saying thank you.

Hagar’s vision cleared, Elena saw things touch again. They began to see new colours floating in space, phenomena, images and affects, a song, a laser beam, a window reflection, the hysteria of electric light, wind in hair, a hand caressing a screen, a scientific conversation. They began to see new colours that sporadically bind themselves to a body, an object, an oversize paper sculpture, a lamp named Billy, an apathetic stone, a ruby, a machine or its technology, sometimes asking:

What forces hide behind words and things? What do you see behind your closed eyelids? Do you know how it is to be transparent?

—E.T., January 2020.

Between Ears, New Colours is organised with the support of Lithuanian Cultural Institute, Pro Helvetia—Swiss Arts Council, Division of Cultural Affairs—Canton of Basel-Stadt, as well as Six Chairs Books, Vilnius.

CRAC Alsace, Centre rhénan d’art contemporain, is located in Altkirch, France, at 18 rue du Château, and welcomes you from Tuesday to Sunday, 2 to 6 pm. Free entrance. Contact CRAC Alsace at +33 (0)3 89 08 82 59 and info@cracalsace.com.