Ein paar Tage nach der Welt
Groupexhibition Projectclass Philip Gröning
die a while than live forever (2019)
(Freezer, Limestone, Glass, Ficus Elastica, Zamioculcas, Zamiifolia, Sound, Light, Photograph,
Tray with Gloves, Cups and Lime, 200 x 90 x 80 cm)
Based on Don Delillo’s novel Zero K (2017) about cryonics – a possible preservation process of the human body after death – Julian Billmair interprets its haunting literary language within his own aesthetic.
In the installation die a while than live forever, the artist combines different materials and languages in a customary freezer to form a conglomerate of organic and inorganic, naturally grown and man-made, elements.
Outlines of a stone were cut into a glass plate with a water jet process that was proceeded by both old, rudimentary techniques such as plaster casts as well as ultra-modern means including high-performance digital scanning. The cut becomes the carrier of the stone which stands upright in the freezer and has become a substitute for the human body and its aspirations to overcome its own transience.
In addition, selected sentences and text passages taken from Zero K are intertwined with information from the data sheet of the freezer and read out and interpreted by a voice playback software.
The result is a linguistic reflection, a dialogue between the corpus humanum and its preserving agent, which points beyond linear distinctions of the past. present and the future.