Jasmina Llobet & Luis Fernández Pons: The Morse Code Sprinklers Test
Process Room, 01/06/10- 13/06/10
The Morse Code Sprinklers Test is an installation consisting of two sprinklers set on timers spraying water on the windows outside of IMMA’s Process Room, their syncopated rhythm is a prototype for the development of a series of projects which will use Morse code. Llobet and Pons are experimenting with the boundaries of how Morse code can be transmitted, imagining and adapting this mode of communication to unexpected objects and situations.
A system has been created that brings water for the sprinklers from a sink located in one of IMMA’s public toilets, the water is brought to the Process Room via two garden hoses hanging externally on the main entrance façade to the Museum. The Morse Code Sprinklers Test contains a playful component dealing with the issues of waste and its regulations, it also introduces a noisy and somehow violent element in the traditional “silence” of the museum.
Also on show in the Process Room is a series of eleven drawings which are influenced by everyday objects such as a hat, a piano or a hair brush. These drawings are manipulated into architectural and geometrical abstractions of the original items. This is a series which commenced while on residency in Japan and has continued as a strand of their studio practice at IMMA.
Llobet & Pons' artistic practice focuses on the broad concept of everyday objects and the language of things, these ideas being the starting point for various multidisciplinary projects. After a careful study of the context in which they find themselves working, through dialogue, through playful investigations and the frequent use of humour and irony, the artists approach matters of importance and banality in society. Llobet & Pons are particularly interested in the relationship between objects and artefacts, turning elements from the everyday upside down and using them as significant entities to build intricate combinations and let new metaphors and meanings emerge.
Jasmina Llobet and Luis Fernández Pons are a Spanish artist collective based in Berlin working together since 2002 across the fields of installation, object sculpture and art in public space. Recent solo exhibitions include Kino no nai hahen, Studio Kura Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan, 2009 and Mikroplan, Kunstraum Delikatessenhaus, Leipzig, Germany, 2009. Recent group exhibitions include Hello World, Itokoku Historical Museum, Fukuoka, Japan 2009 and Manifesta 7, Project Tabula Rasa, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy 2008. They have participated on residencies in Istanbul at Platform Garanti and in South Korea and Japan. Further information on Llobet and Pons’ practice can be found at www.llobet-pons.net.
This project has been realised with the generous support of SEACEX and IMMA. Many thanks to Enrique Juncosa, Janice Hough, Ronnie Lawlor, Cillian Hayes, Edmond Kiely, Mary Condon and the Office of Public Works.