Schering Stiftung

Exhibition 

Film Still aus Physical Geology (new land mass/fast time), 2009

Film Still aus Physical Geology (new land mass/fast time), 2009
Photo: Courtsey the artist

Filmstill, From the Eldfell Footage
Center for Short Lived Phenomena (1973/2003)

Filmstill, From the Eldfell Footage Center for Short Lived Phenomena (1973/2003)
Photo: Courtesy of the Global Volcanism Program, Smithsonian Institution

Film Still aus Physical Geology (new land mass/fast time), 2009

Film Still aus Physical Geology (new land mass/fast time), 2009
Photo: Courtesy the artist

Ilana Halperin

HAND HELD LAVA

Ilana Halperin

HAND HELD LAVA

Duration:

February 03 – May 05, 2011

Exhibition opening:

Wednesday, 02. February 2011, 7–9 p.m.

Opening hours:

Monday through Saturday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Venue:

Schering Stiftung
Unter den Linden 32-34
10117 Berlin

Funded by the Schering Stiftung the Berlin Museum of Medical History of the Charité simultaneously shows the exhibition:
Ilana Halperin. Steine
Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité
Charitéplatz 1 | 10117 Berlin
Kindly supported by Creative Scotland, British Council, and Blue Lagoon, Iceland.
Opening: January 26, 2012, 7 – 9 pm
Exhibition Duration: 27.01. – 15.07.2012

A publication featuring Halperin’s work and both exhibitions will be published in the spring. In English and German, it will include essays by Gillian Beer, Cambridge, Hugh Tuffen, Lancaster, and Thomas Schnalke, Berlin.


Volcanic activity is never far from our minds or the world news. With her new solo exhibition Hand Held Lava the Glasgow-based artist llana Halperin (b.1973, New York) looks deep into volcanic phenomena and the interplay of life cycles between humans and volcanoes.

Hand Held Lava will focus upon the artist’s long-standing engagement with volcanoes, their generation and life stories. Drawing on personal experience, Ilana Halperin makes biographical connections to volcanic phenomena and examines parallels between geological and human life cycles. The ejection of stony material, the generation of new landmass, the contrast of slow time and fast time: Halperin employs geology as a language to conceive our understanding of time and our relationship to a constantly evolving environment. The exhibition juxtaposes new artworks in poetic relation with historical and geological artefacts.

An early 19th century lava medallion with its accompanying handwritten note (gifted to Alexander von Humboldt, a loan from the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin) and a series of newly commissioned works – drawings created with lava stamps able to withstand temperatures of liquid magma at 1200 degrees – reflect upon the artist’s volcanic sojourns and tell of the changeable nature of landmass, historical events and their interconnection to human experience.

Halperin’s art practice combines fieldwork in diverse locations: Hawaii, Iceland, France, China, in museums, archives and laboratories and develops in collaboration with geological specialists such as The Global Volcanism Program, British Geological Survey and Earthwatch Institute. Her work has featured in many significant exhibitions, and she has been the recipient of numerous awards. She has recently been appointed the first Artist Fellow at the National Museum of Scotland, and as the Artist-Curator of the geology collection of The Music Hall (the new Shrewsbury Museum) in the town of Charles Darwin’s birth.

Running parallel to the artist’s exhibition at the Schering Stiftung, a striking new solo exhibition investigates the intersection between body stones and geology—new landmass formed inside and outside the body. Steine (Stones) by Ilana Halperin at the Berlin Museum of Medical History of the Charité draws inspiration from the connections between the body’s physical geology and that of the Earth we inhabit. Inspired by the collection of body stones at the Museum, Halperin has made a series of new works formed in the Blue Lagoon, Iceland. These will be shown together with sculptures created in the petrifying springs of Fontaines Pétrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire in France, and loans from Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin. Funded by the Schering Stiftung, the exhibition will provide fascinating new insights into body stones as artefacts and as geological phenomena.

Curators:
Sara Barnes (Independent Curator, Berlin)
Andrew Patrizio (Professor of Scottish Visual Culture, University of Edinburgh)

The exhibition “Hand Held Lava” is kindly supported by Creative Scotland.

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Side events 

A conversation between Ilana Halperin and Prof. Achim Brauer, Head of the Section “Climate Dynamics and Landscape Evolution” at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam.

February 07, 2012, 7–9 p.m.
Moderated by curator Sara Barnes

Ilana Halperin. New Landmass, Neue Landmasse

Event — April 23, 2012

Halperin’s artistic work and her intellectual passions form the gravitational center which the essays examine from the perspectives of aesthetics, the history of science, and cultural philosophy.

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Hand Held Lava

Lecture — March 12, 2012

By exploring the links between geology, archaeology, history and the visual arts, Halperin, Holmberg and Patrizio will attempt to make sense of our ongoing desire to make contact with volcanoes.

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Ilana Halperin

Exhibition — January 27, 2012 – September 23, 2013

Perhaps for the first time, a striking new solo exhibition investigates the intersection between body stones and geology – new landmass formed inside and outside the body.

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Gallery

Ilana Halperin

Exhibition Opening "Ilana Halperin: Hand Held Lava" on February 2, 2012

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