Dorothea Von Stetten Artpreis / 2008

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The two large structures entitled Flash and I’m Not Unique I’m Not Anymore, both possess a darkened muteness that on the one hand creates a perception of age-old funeral stones, and on the other, immediately give it away as technologically driven contemporary tablets of communication. And to come upon here the out- of-time black stones of Kubrick’s Space Odyssey is not only appropriate, I think, but also very helpful in relation to Akselbo’s work in general in trying to register the span within his work between unbelievable sculptural nearness and a mind for registering phenomena from a great mental distance.
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The works, in of each their identical set-up refers back to very different fora though. One leads us to the age-old and larger than life forum of human desire for an absolute or finite kind of meaning. Pragmatically speaking, however, Akselbo’s forum here is the sport arena from which thousands of flash lights suddenly go off to capture the moment of some great achievement. It’s the great desire for the quintessential moment, for significance, which given the numbers of lights really cannot be that unique. Yet the aspiration is relentlessly there, and in the end the different patterns of illumination reveal the lines of a drawing that brings us to one of the most epic single moments of our Western civilisation, Michelangelo’s depiction of God’s hand reaching for Adam’s. So we effectively arrive from not much to a short history of everything in a flash, literally or from a shot in the dark to most enlightening circumstances linking the smallest possible blimp to an image of existential coherence.
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I’m Not Unique, I’m Not Anymore, for it’s part, takes its starting point in something hugely popular and thus familiar to many, namely the Pacman of the 1980’ies computer game world. This ghostly creature was in its original function governed by the computer in a grid-like maze but has now been set free and yet can be activated only by the viewer in the exhibition space by means of a cursor. The title amusingly relays this loss of existence turning it into a mere spectre of it’s electronic self, un-plugged, abandoned and absolutely of no epic stature. A figure ohne Eigenschaften as it is, but in it ?s counter existence, to the creation of Man just a few meters away, this character formerly know as a Pacman Ghost nevertheless displays the potential for turning something bordering on nothing into something. Even evolutional misfits like him act out their role in defining what can constitute the rank of sculpture, an all-time low perhaps, and an art work. And after all, one could argue that no longer controlled by the circuit of the game play this character paradoxically has in fact become unique.

Excerpts from Catalogue text, written by Anders Kold - Art Director at Museum of Modern Art Louisiana.

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