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https://www.ideabooks.nl/9789492811387-jeff-weber-an-attempt-at-a-personal-epistemology-kunsthalle-leipzig

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24 OCTOBER 2018: http://www.ernahecey.com/uk/Exhibition_Thinking_Ahead.php

20 OCTOBER 2018: https://www.fotomuseum.ch/de/explore/exhibitions/153972_25_years_shared_histories_shared_stories

29 APRIL 2018: http://light-movement.blogspot.com/p/light-movement-29-saturday-21st-april.html

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MIMETIC ASSIMILATION

ERNA HECEY GALLERY, 27 SEPTEMBER - 16 November 2019


Jeff Weber, Untitled (Neural Networks), (nn1_3d/7), Berlin 2019, Gelatin silver print 63.9 x 101.4 cm.
Courtesy of the artist and Erna Hecey Gallery

 


JEFF WEBER
Mimetic Assimilation

Erna Hecey Luxembourg

20C, Boulevard Emmanuel Servais, 1st floor
Luxembourg-City
L-2535 Luxembourg

Opening: Friday, 27 September 2019, 6–8:30 p.m.
Exhibition: 28 September–16 November 2019

Erna Hecey is pleased to announce Jeff Weber’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Weber works primarily with the mediums of analogue photography and film. For Mimetic Assimilation, he is presenting two bodies of work: a group of photographs made as part of his long-term project Kunsthalle Leipzig and documented in the artist book An Attempt at a Personal Epistemology (2018), and a series of recent photograms (Untitled / Neural Networks).

The Kunsthalle Leipzig was initiated and run by Weber between 2012 and 2017 as a conceptual framework in the form of a project space and an expansion of his own practice towards the curatorial. The consistent, long-term documentation of the exhibitions and events taking place at Kunsthalle Leipzig became a conceptual work of art in itself. Marie-France Rafael describes it as “transforming the essence of photography as representation into an active process, where the participation of the invited artist is required to open up the image towards another image.” (1) Rather than an isolated object, the photographic image is enmeshed in and emerges as a nodal point within a complex of relations, and it is this set of relations that is crystallized in the image.

In the exhibition Mimetic Assimilation, a selection of photographs from An Attempt at a Personal Epistemology, covering the artist’s research on early Christian Gnosticism in Cairo (2013), is juxtaposed with a new series of photograms. The black-and-white grid-like images are generated by a neural network, a program created by Weber to process data that simulates how neurons in the brain connect. The data sets entered into the program in the form of numerical series alter the relations between the artificial neurons. These are subsequently transposed into matrixes and rendered into pixels by an animated sequence, which is then exposed to photo-paper, letting the neural network take over the distribution of shadow and light for the photogram to be made.

The photogram holds a crucial place in Weber’s photographic practice, standing in a metonymical relation to his work as a whole: it functions as a metonym for an inquiry into method, it marks the experimental nature of his photographic practice, and it maps the system of indexical relations which, at various levels from the physical to the conceptual, constitute the image.

Jeff Weber (b. 1980) is based in Berlin.
He holds a diploma (2010) from l'École nationale supérieure des arts visuels La Cambre in Brussels. In 2012, he was a resident at Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. He has been attributed the Edward Steichen Award in 2015 and the Bert Theis Stipend in 2017. His work has been exhibited widely, most notably at De Appel, Amsterdam; Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain; Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center, Chicago; Interfood-Vitrine, Aachen; Fotomuseum Winterthur; and Erna Hecey Gallery, Luxembourg. He has organized and curated numerous events, lectures, and projects at Kunsthalle Leipzig between 2014 and 2017. His book An Attempt at a Personal Epistemology, published by Roma Publications, Amsterdam, was presented at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, Mudam – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg, and Structura Gallery in Sofia. Further venues include B21 (Belvedere21) in Vienna (October 2019).

(1) See the interview between Marie-France Rafael and Jeff Weber in the book.

Erna Hecey
20C, Boulevard Emmanuel Servais, 1st floor
Luxembourg-City
L-2535 Luxembourg
office@ernahecey.com

Visits Thursday through Saturday 14:30 h–19 h
and by appointment

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JEFF WEBER - AN ATTEMPT AT A PERSONAL EPISTEMOLOGY | KUNSTHALLE LEIPZIG


with contributions by Marie-France Rafael, Michael Bears and Robert Beavers

Publisher Roma Publications

ISBN 9789492811387

Idea Code 18706

522 p, ills colour & bw, 11 x 19 cm, pb, English

"The Kunsthalle Leipzig was a long-term project in the form of an art space (2014-2017). I started in 2013 by renovating a former apartment of an abandoned 19th century building in Leipzig and transformed it into a gallery space. The gallery functioned as a conceptual framework to invite artist collaborators to produce and show (new) work, as well as to expand my own artistic practice and open it up to the curatorial. Here, I was able to work intimately with the artists, in part by photographing their process with particular consideration of the conceptual context of their project. As a project, the Kunsthalle emerged from, and relies on the principles of a group of former works of mine: Anticipative Images (2009-2012), but most and foreall on the structural archive: Attempt At A Personal Epistemology." With contributions by Robert Beavers, Marie-France Rafael, Michael Baers, and Indre Klimaire.