The opening night of Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas' first solo exhibition in Oslo turned out to be a wonderful experience. The pictures are now on the web together with a presentation text by the artists, and also pictures from the ikebana arrangements and the live ikebana performance.
I've become really fascinated by the ideas behind this exhibition. Here is a teaser from the presentation text by Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas:
"Storage media in human history include both biological and inanimate objects. Tradition is a powerful biological method of idea transmission. From oral history to daily ritual, old ideas adapt to new contexts and the ideas are altered, often radically, while still maintaining some essence. Examples of physical inanimate storage media include grave markers, ceramics, linen, buildings, printed matter, and recently, the unstable hard drive. One difference between the biological and the inanimate archive is that objects that have survived long periods of time are orphans, stripped of their relevant contexts. Therefore we often appreciate old objects primarily for their formal novelty, or just for the fact that they are old. The biological archive, traditions, rituals and human practices, on the other hand, exists precisely because we have adapted old ideas into current contexts."Photo courtesy: Salinas Bergman