January 20: Lebenswelt

20January 20: Here, at this time of year, whenever there is a suitable break from the heat and wind, there is burning-off by the Country Fire Authority, the ‘firies’, in order to reduce fuel that might otherwise intensify potentially devastating wildfires that occur as a matter of course in the height of the Australian summer.

Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung gallery in Munich opens lebenswelt / life-world, contemporary sculptures by Japanese artists with photographs by the Japanese artist Rinko Kawauchi  (born in Shiga, Japan in 1972).

screen-shot-2017-01-19-at-10-48-16-pmscreen-shot-2017-01-19-at-10-47-39-pmShe images the destructive and at the same time rejuvenating power of fire. Her succinct, reductionist landscapes depict traditional controlled slash-and-burn land clearance to address the relationship between people, nature, and time.

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In addition, Rinko Kawauchi focuses on gentle disturbances of everyday life; her personal experiences of the landscape. Without explanation, they serve as meditations.

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The title of the exhibition lebenswelt / life-world alludes to the phenomenological concept Lifeworld (Lebenswelt), a universe of what is self-evident or given, that subjects may experience together. For philosopher Edmund Husserl, it is fundamental to all epistemological enquiry.

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[NOTE: Today’s post is a short placeholder due to temporary lack of bandwidth preventing internet research and document retrieval]

 

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