Known for his works that draw upon the sub-sensory or suppressed aspects of history, Phillip Zach participates in the biennial with a multi-channel video and sound installation. Contents of the two videos range from documentary-style interviews with archeologists, to fictional scenes, as well as sound elements drawn from field recordings and specifically composed cinematic scores. The work looks at Los Angeles’s man-made Bronson Cave, which has been used in films and TV shows; and Yarımburgaz Cave in Istanbul, which has been weathered by different forms of imprint. Zach’s work imagines caves as sites of transplant and transmutation between locations, temporalities and histories, hypercapitalism and anarchy.
Phillip Zach (b. 1984, in Cottbus, Germany) is based in Los Angeles, USA. Experimenting with notions of image, sculpture and installation, Zach employs a diverse range of materials and formats. In exploring frictions between evolving material realities and mental spaces, his work challenges assumptions about the lived human experience. Recent solo exhibitions include Freedman Fitzpatrick, Paris (2019); Der Wurm als Wille und Vorstellung [Worm as Will and Representation], Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles (2017); Shade Shifters, Koppe Astner, Glasgow (2015). Group exhibitions include La Panaceé, Montpellier (2018); Kunsthalle Mainz (2017); CAC Vilnius (2017); The Depart Foundation, Los Angeles (2017); Luma Foundation, Zurich (2016); Dortmunder Kunstverein (2016).
Double Mouthed, 2019
Multi-channel HD video and sound installation
2-channel videos: 140’ and 187’ (separate audio, looped)
1-channel sound channel: 274’ (looped)
Courtesy the artist.
Commissioned by the 16th Istanbul Biennial.
Produced with the support of Ahmet Kocabıyık.
Presented with the support of Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.