Slow Teleport – Extramural Residence in Luxembourg-Kirchberg

ReActor (2016). Wood, concrete, household items, 44’ x 8’ x 8’, 2016.
The infrastructure deployed for Slow Teleport is a direct response to the development of the maze in the Kirchberg Central Park. The installation features, two New York artists Alex Schweder (* 1970) and Ward Shelley (* 1950) and their European colleagues Matthew Brown and Clemens Klein, who will live and work together in a portable cabin suspended above the maze for ten days.

The artists will spend ten days without ever leaving the site, and the only interaction with the outside world will come from visitors eager to know more about the meaning of their work of art.

The aim of this roving installation is to cross the labyrinth, without ever touching the ground, as if floating above the bushes. To do so, the team is building bridges linked to several refuelling stations that can be seen from the outside. Interacting with visitors and the social aspect of it are crucial in Schweder and Shelley’s work.

In the end, only a few traces will remain of the team’s prolonged stay, as the artists slowly teleport themselves from one end of the labyrinth to the other.

Slow Teleport is a temporary ‘performance architecture’ artwork. The term was coined in 2007 to describe the work of Schweder and Shelley, and reflects the idea of an architecture that would directly influence our behaviour, and where our identities would be projected.

As it was already the case in 2017 with the Recto Verso project led by Wennig & Daubach, the Casino Luxembourg – Contemporary Art Forum – and the Fonds d’Urbanisation et d’Aménagement du Plateau de Kirchberg (Kirchberg Fund) once again organised a competition to launch the second edition o 1+1, an artistic project that takes place every two years inside the maze of the Kirchberg Central Park. Slow Teleport, the winning project, is the culmination of an artist’s residency at the Casino Luxembourg.

Exhibition on display from Sunday June 23 2019 until Sunday September 29 2019. Labyrinthe du Parc central de Luxembourg-Kirchberg located behind the Centre national sportif et culturel d’Coque.

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