AN’ IT HARM NONE, DO WHAT THOU WILT
Okta collective & Friends
OPENING: FR 26.01, 19.00 h
DURATION : 27.01-11.02 2024
Performance by Cammack Lindsey: 26.01, 19.30 h
Special opening hours during the Kolonie Wedding Weekend:
Friday 26.01 19-22 h, Sat. 27.01 & Sun. 28.01 14-18 h
Regular opening hours: Saturday & Sunday, 14-18 h and by appointment
A curated exhibition by Okta Collective, as part of Vorspiel transmediale, explores the ideas of witchcraft as a conceptual framework for healing and transformation in our turbulent time. The programming includes installations of video works, sculptures, textile, and a live performance in the project space that opens on Friday, January 26.
These works share in a collective feeling of longing. Longing for healing, for transformation, for magic, for resurrection, and for solidarity. The title ‘An’ it harm none, do what thou wilt’ instructs in old-fashioned language one to follow what they long for, as long as it does not harm oneself or others.
Aleksaite’s textile print features the yarrow plant (Achillea Millefolium). It is one of the oldest archaic herbal plants, having been used in healing and magic. Formerly referred to as the “witch’s herb,” Yarrow possesses strong energy and healing powers, symbolizing courage and energetic healing.
The extremely close up portraits in Sensible Ecstasy by Lucy Kerr resemble ecstasies of female saints, expressing desires to extend beyond the limits of the body and touch the sky, while mobilized by roller coasters – apparatuses that capitalize on this desire.
Sound is employed to forge connections within a community that extends beyond human boundaries in Alisi Telengut’s hand-made animation titled ‘Tears of Inge,’ where sound and music reconcile a painful camel and her newborn baby.
Tobi Keck’s installation preserves hand-carved vegetables in alcohol to extract their vivid natural colors and pigments, evoking medieval alchemical and material practices.
The exhibition also features a live performance at the opening by Cammack Lindsey, where a haunting concert emerges, portraying a blend of folklore and worker songs. Lindsey utilizes original self-made instruments and granular synthesis, materializing magic to resurrect ghosts in this unique banjo ballad singing.
Cammack Lindsey composes political holobiotical musicals that investigate scientific and historical relics of failures from extractive capitalism to embody stories of collective resistance. In forms of storytelling, sound-art, performance and installations, they collaborate with Cyanobacteria, DIY BioArt/hacking techniques, the voice, noise, & the materialization of colors, magic and ghosts.
Tobi Keck (*1987) is a visual artist based in Berlin. In a wide range of different media, his works circle around basic human notions such as fear, vanity, time or escapistic fantasies. In objects and installations, he preserves carved vegetables in alcohol, replicates thousands of fossils into plaster or even buries an imaginary cat in a grave under a bridge.
Dovilė Aleksaitė is a Lithuanian artist, working with video and performance. Her practice explores the questions of anthropocentric worldview, notions of nature and time, emotions and human vs. non-human consciousness. Her works were presented in group exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou, at the AdK Berlin, at HKW, and New York German House among others.
Alisi Telengut is a Canadian artist of Mongolian roots, living between Berlin, Germany and Tiohtià:ke/ Montréal, Canada. She is an award winning animation filmmaker. Telengut’s work has been screened and exhibited internationally, such as at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Sundance Film Festival, TIFF, Biennial VIDEONALE at Kunstmuseum Bonn, OSTRALE Biennale, Anthology Film Archives, Image Forum Japan, among others.
Lucy Kerr (b. Houston, Texas 1990) is a filmmaker, artist, choreographer, and educator. In 2022, she was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film in Filmmaker Magazine. Kerr’s projects have been presented by Locarno Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, FIDMarseille, San Sebastian International Film Festival, Reykjavik International Film Festival, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, REDCAT, Anthology Film Archives, Francois Ghebaly Gallery, The McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, and others.
With friendly support of the Lithuanian Culture Institute