TIME COLOURED SPACE
Text by Leonardo Caldana
Christmas trees, balloons, sockets, two lamps and several ink drawings recur in the exhibition’s thirteen rooms as a counterpoint, or ritournelle. A Time Coloured Space, Philippe Parreno’s first exhibition in Portugal, takes its rhythm from the philosophical framework of Gilles Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition (1968). Indeed, in the words of Deleuze, a ritournelle is “a repetition of the different.”
Within the space of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art the artist stages his repetitions, appearing as “a musical arrangement to create compositional meaning.” All the thirteen rooms recreate a similar scenario with little variations in colors and elements, in order to convey a real and tangible musical composition. “The exhibition becomes an automaton, a factory in which to engineer these variables, and a form of imitation becomes a new invention.” The exhibition is an exhibition, not only as a syllogism, but rather as “a medium in its own right”.
Silver, golden, blue, red, purple, transparent, orange, yellow and black, Parreno’s Speech Bubbles, inhabit the rooms’ ceilings. Inside and outside are located his Christmas trees, Fraught Times: For Eleven Months of the Year it’s an Artwork and then December it’s Christmas. The exhibition also features phosphorescent screenprints (Fade To Black) and more than 200 ink drawings.
The viewer meets some light objects in its path: two elegant hand blown glass lamps (Happy Ending), assemblies made of white sockets (AC/DC Snakes) and Quasi Objects: Marquee (cluster), an iconic sculpture in Plexiglass, lights and sounds, installed in the auditorium foyer, signalling the cinema’s presence.