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Press Release, May 2019


Louise Vind Nielsen (DE/DK)
Matti Sumari (SE/FI)
Susan Ploetz (DE/US)

Celsius Projects invites you to the second event in the Five Forms of Play series. MIMICRY is a category of play that relates to Roleplay, Imitation, Simulation.

“...predators are not at all fooled by homomorphy or homochromy: they eat crickets that mingle with the foliage of oak trees or weevils that resemble small stones, completely invisible to man. […] We are thus dealing with a luxury and even a dangerous luxury…” – Roger Caillois.

An installation containing real nature, fake nature, objects of real fakes and fake realities of fake real times that contain characters and roles for people to place themselves amidst. A revolving sculpture that acts as a guardian to the gallery, making a path through the grains of sand that fill the space, a real imitation of the type of old labour that once filled humans lives, now a luxury door. A performance that recreates and extends sound out into the space using the vessel of the body, like the skin of drum, communally humans once again become amplifiers. A Live Action Role Play that focuses on the attenuation of a type of magical materialism; like-for-like magical semantics is explored from the fictional setting of an island culture whose ecosystem, home and way of life is being destroyed by a mysterious outside force.

‘Five Forms of Play’ is a year-long project revolving around five group exhibitions, from March 29th 2019 to March 20th 2020. Over 20 artists are invited to collaborate with the artist, pedagogue and curator Francis Patrick Brady to create and learn together how to play with their work. To play with their work means to: vibrate, mock, invent, activate, remake, recreate, simulate, or destroy, in an abstract or physical sense; put simply it is an alternative way of seeing and engaging with the art. Each artist have been commissioned to create an artwork, or rethink a current artwork, so that it can be played in some way and all together they will play with each of the works as in symphony or in solo, as group exhibition or performance event.

From Bauhaus to Dada, Situationists to Fluxus, artists have utilised play and gamified speculation to funnel chaotic creative energies or disrupt the normal flow of reality to examine the hidden structures of society. Roger Caillois divided and described play in four unique forms and in this exhibition series those forms of play are applied as the titles and organising principles of each show; plus a fifth as the wildcard in the deck or the anti-category as the final show on March 20th 2020 (Spring Equinox). Like the village carnival, play allows us to invert the rules of the day and be together in a new invented temporary set of rules.

Opening reception: Friday 31st of May, 18-22 | Facebook event
Exhibition period: 1st - 5th June 2019.
Opening hours: Saturday-thursday: 14-17 and by appointment.