Tallinn Photomonth exhibition Mercury at Tallinn Art Hall is a visual essay conceived by the artist Simon Dybbroe Møller with curator Post Brothers. The exhibition provides a lens for critically examining the ways in which we perceive the world through technological development.
“Photography as a material process had quite a short life. One could mark the endpoints of its historical moment as ranging from the toxic mercury fumes of the daguerreotype to the computer-generated quicksilver of the shape-shifting android assassin T-1000 in the film Terminator 2. Now the field of photography has itself become mercury-like. Liquid, protean, mutable, and fast flowing. Magically reflective, moving at the slightest touch.”
– From the essay Mercury, Simon Dybbroe Møller
Mercury expands Dybbroe Møller’s consideration of the photographic into an embodied visual essay comprised of artworks by international artists alongside found material and arcane artefacts. The exhibition explores how photography has transformed itself from a physical object into a mere reference point. An abstract term that we apply to stuff, a part of the crystalline lens through which we perceive the world, a measuring stick that we carry around with us and relate everything to. It has become an ecology or, rather, the very terms through which our environment is apprehended and develops.
As a supplement to the exhibition, Dybbroe Møller and Post Brothers will also present Lifeblood Film Club, a series of screenings of moving images concerning the relationship between the camera and the body, including iconic works by such artists as Stan Brakhage, Kate Craig, Barbara Hammer, Laure Prouvost, James Williamson and more.
– A Visual Essay by Simon Dybbroe Møller
Curator: Post Brothers
Artists: Thomas Bayrle, Nina Beier, Alexandra Bircken, Georgia Gardner Gray, Edith Karlson, Elke Krystufek, Jochen Lempert, John Miller, Rait Prääts, Heji Shin, Sung Tieu, Sophus Tromholt, Andrew Norman Wilson and more.
The exhibition opens on Friday 13 September at 6pm. A curatorial tour by Post Brothers and Simon Dybbroe Møller takes place on Saturday 14 September at 2pm, followed by the first screening of Lifeblood Film Club at 7pm at Kuku club.
14 September to 17 November, 2019
Tallinn Art Hall
Vabaduse väljak 8, Tallinn
Wed to Sun noon–7pm
Ticket information: €3 / €6 / €9
Akzo Nobel; Danish Arts Foundation; Estonian Artists’ Association; Estonian Cultural Endowment; Estonian Ministry of Culture; Museum of Photography Tallinn; Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University; Tallinn Culture Department; The University of Bergen Library; Veinisõber.