The Puff Out installation is made up of the instant patterns created by the endless and non-repetitive movements of smart robotic vacuum cleaners on the glitter-covered floor, and the combinations of light and form generated by this choreography.
While the mission-oriented autonomous robots work using patterns directed by sensors as well as unexpected encounters of several robots moving on the same stage, they perceive the glamorous glitter offered to them as just some unwanted dust. The idiosyncratic mission of robotic vacuum cleaners and the overloaded density of glitter (instead of dust) creates unrepeatable paintings that constantly change. The off-duty robots whose dust boxes have been removed, become the actors of the show. And this ongoing performance seduces you to dive into this narcissistic pool that turns out to be a spectatorial scene.
Both the robotic cleaners and the glitter have queer roles in this installation. ‘Robots’ by their purposeless non-productive activity and the ‘Glitter’ by perpetual animated ubiquitous character that moves, spreads, sticks, changes and follows you. It is an interclass material, it is camp.
‘This “Micro-climate” that :mentalKLINIK created at the intersection of various art forms including drawing, painting, installation, sculpture and performance is striking in its presentation of a novel look at “a state of ambiguity”. Puff Out refers to the shifting rhythm of contemporary life, cracking open the door on a different “world” shaped by lights which emerge suddenly and quickly. This visual journey succeeds in drawing in the viewers to the midst of “hyperrealism”, abstracted from spatial elements and thus brings up the strongest tool of digital aesthetics, the sensibility of “new beauty” (Dr. Necmi Sonmez).
Following the stance taken by :mentalKLINIK in its previous works, PuFF Out attempts to create an unidentified space, an indecisive zone and frozen time, establishing various relations with materials and actions which construct an immaterial world.
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:mentalKLINIK is a Brussels-based artist duo from Istanbul, composed of Yasemin Baydar & Birol Demir who began their collaboration practice in 1998.
:mentalKLINIK strides with undisguised dexterity the invisible political strategies and the social dynamics by ultra-contemporary devices of an apparent lightness. Like a discoball, :mentalKLINIK shows are a selection of their multifaceted approach on their universe. Resisting to the limitations of a single vocabulary or style, their world is a playful one full of hedonistic appeal which can be experienced as festive and glamourous but also surprising as one approaches to discover with a closer view an underlying violence suggestive of a bad trip after party or a creepy beginning of the end. Their works shift between emotional and robotic attitudes. Artist duo reclaim the sparkling and authoritative visual language of the media and night spheres in a climate of sensory hyperstimulation engendered by multiple neons, slogans, light beams, mirror balls and confetti while playing with our unanimous attraction to objects glittering and seductive. It is all the work of encryption to which they summon us, between the true and the false, the artificial and the superficial, as if everything were a case of falsification.
:mentalKLINIK has an open laboratory approach to process, production, roles, conception and presentation. Their works are a mix of oxymora and paradoxes, darkly humorous, self-contained range from immersive time based installations to sculptures and objects that thwart categorisation.