ALAN BOOM - LÏMEN

Nervous memories on this crazy day in New York. Was it sixteen years later? Seventeen? Farrokh Bulsara was on the radio. It seems like a decade, it feels like a saeculum – even though no gods allotted anything. Manhattan back than was different, like a tranquil mind. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run... but again no explanations.

History is complicated, because of all the borrowed stories, misinterpreted facts, empathy at the wrong moment and especially for the wrong reasons. It seems entirely reasonable to think that every now and then the energy of a whole generation comes to a head in a long fine flash, for reasons that nobody really understands at the time – and which never explain, in retrospect, what actually happened.

The persistence of memory introduced a theory of soft- and hardness, an unconscious symbol of the relativity of space and time. Artist Dalí wasn’t inspired by the theory of relativity, but by the surrealist perception of a camembert melting in the sun. Faces can be seen and read as fading creatures appearing in dreams. Or not. It’s maybe closer to reality than to fantasy. Closer to an era than to a place where time doesn’t exist, or place itself. But the laws in The persistence of memory do exist.

In the fantastic marvelous, the supernatural event that occurs has actually taken place and therefore the «laws of reality» have to be changed to explain the event. Whether the mentioned nervous memories come from a real or imaginary event, depends on the frame being used to explain the experience prior to the memories. In this case the melting point is a current liminal stage.

In anthropology, liminality is a moment in between stages, with no structure, time or rules. To Todorov (and me) close [enough] to ‘fantasy’. Searching for reason, it comes from a reasonable place, yet unsure where to go. Very present, consciously unconscious and vice versa. Everything
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About Lïmen. These objects are strong but appear to be fully melted, are created without a sketch or prototype, bring ‘warm’ light yet stay cold and need a double source for equivalence reasons. They represent a way of working, a constant state of mind, a denial and a confirmation at the same time.

 

 IMAGE BY IMAGE BY NIELS GROENENDIJK 

IMAGE BY IMAGE BY NIELS GROENENDIJK