Joëlle Tuerlinckx works with materials and situations to create complex systems of references and reconsiderations. Using silver chocolate packaging, the coloring of which alludes to the tinfoil wrapping of Belgian Côte d’Or Mignonnette chocolates, Tuerlinckx designed the “Salle argent” (Silver Hall) for the group exhibition “Die Fünfte Säule” (The Fifth Column) at the Secession in Vienna (September 9 – November 20, 2011), curated by Moritz Küng. By analogy, her installation “Silver Spot” in LOGIN marks a location, site, or “momentary space” that can be only randomly perceived by the light of a flash. The professional photography equipment in the installation also suggests the essence of photography – capturing a moment in a snapshot. “Silver Spot” is the dispositive for possible photographs, like Robert Musil’s novel The Man Without Qualities, which justified the existence of the sense of possibility as opposed to the sense of reality. Joëlle Tuerlinckx also took 12 +1 photographs of the “Silver Spot”, which are on display as unique copies in exhibition space 4 of the gallery
The dummy copy is of Joëlle Tuerlinckx’s Les moments d’espace, an artist’s book which will be published parallel to the Secession exhibition catalogue. This 242-page book of texts was inspired by the artist’s lecture performance in Ghent last year, an extended version of which will be re-enacted at the Secession in Vienna. In the manner of Wittgenstein in his Tractatus, Tuerlinckx describes in great detail her thoughts on and experiences with the phenomenon of space. Loosely inserted prints refer to photographed “moments”, like color swatches that are used for painting a room. Next to the dummy book is a volume with 10 unique prints of the “Silver Spot” in the LOGIN. These prints will be included as inserts in the artist’s book.