An Interlude Artworks:
Second installment in a three-part solo exhibition
An Interlude is the second instalment of De Jager’s three-part debut solo exhibition After Midnight and unfolds in the darkened basement of Turbine Hall. By means of a specialised rotating camera mount (created in collaboration with cinematographer Thomas Pretorius), a video projection, capturing the circular motion of a ‘sky view scene’, is projected onto several layers of luminous material overhead. A soft echoing soundtrack enhances a simultaneous sense of immersion and isolation, as the viewer is drawn upward toward an endless sky.
"I have a strong emotional connection with this work, linked as it is with my visit to Venice last year while my brother lay in a coma at home. The soft echoing soundtrack was recorded at the top of the Brixton hill near the Yeoville water tower, where Zionists and other religious workers congregate to pray and cast blessings over Johannesburg. My aim with the soundtrack was to convey a sense of the telepathic connection I experienced with my brother through prayer and meditation while I was in Venice and at the time of his passing last August."
Developing over time and across locations, each instalment of After Midnight unveils elements that recalls and resonates with previous exhibition/s. An interlude follows on the sense of transience, movement and flux evoked in A Prelude, becoming a ‘pause moment’ for reflection, solitude and silence; both exhibitions culminating in the final episode scheduled for February 2015.
Installation stills of An Interlude at the 2014 Turbine Art Fair.
Commentary from visitors at
AN INTERLUDE exhibition:
“I felt as if the world stayed still for a second. Meaningful and brilliant!”
“It is ethereal and very spiritual and has a kind of lightness about it”
“Mesmerising . Hypnotic. Enchanting. Gorgeous . I feel rejuvenated!"
“A surreal experience! What an extraordinary creation."
“WOW. Very moving. Spiritual and beautiful".