URSULA NISTRUP

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House and Home / House and Garden, 2010
12 Super-8 films of various lengths.

 

These Super 8 films were made over a period of 15 - 20 years. Every
year, beginning in the early spring, this man repetitively filmed the
same flowerbeds, the same apple and pear trees and the same
grapevines growing in this small garden of his house.

The sequences are slow and observational, lightly made with
handheld camera and yet the silence of the Super 8 medium adds
to the concentration and the intensity of the images. The repetitive
nature of this subject creates a recurring universe, which becomes
recognizable to the viewer after a few film rolls. Its action
seems somehow obsessive and appears also to challenge the idea
of whether the exotic could indeed be just outside the door, and to
question at what point something becomes familiar and yet still
maintains our interest.

 

 

 

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A reading of and a response to the book Situation Aesthetics: The
Work of Michael Asher by Kirsi Peltomäki, 2010
The publication Situation Aesthetics by Kirsi Peltomäki incl.
un der lining’s, texts and pictures on additional pages by Ursula
Nistrup.

Earlier this month I discovered this new commentary on Michael
Asher’s work. It is one of very few publications about his work and
I was delighted when it appeared.
Since studying with him in the fall of 2003 I have wanted to write to
him, in order to share my thoughts with him and I now feel I have
found a way to do this. In the spirit of his own practice, in which he
adds very few elements to create an installation, and where very
few traces are left after the work is removed, I would like to use
this publication as the space for the letters, notes and ideas that I
have and would like to pass on to him. I am writing in parallel to
my reading of the book. And when this book is read and written I
would like to send it to him. I would like to have only one copy of it
made, in order to document what it has become, just as his works,
once his show has come to an end, only exist through documentation.
This work is still in progress.