Generating an account of the world, we also create the objects our account refers to. The world seen as mind, where differences constitute basic ideas, where the relation between content and context is more fundamental. All relations are the foundation of all knowledge. Things don’t exist out there. They are generated by the mind’s interaction with the physical world. Objects become ideas through this interaction.
ALEXíS O. VAN TLÖN
Fascinated and inspired by the work of the elusive and enigmatic scholar and artist Alexís O. van Tlön, all we know of Alexís’ life and work stems from a number of fragments we have been lucky enough to unearth in various archives, museums, and repositories distributed in an apparently meaningless pattern across the globe.
Inspired by Kafka’s Metamorphosis, a report and a series of artworks play with translation and transformation.
MECHANISM OF CONCEALMENT
A textual and visual research notes on “O/0”: The third person, the number, and the journey. When a language —verbal, visual, audial or any kind of language—decides to hide information, it also encourages mechanisms of concealment. In the pursuit of finding other ways to convey the hidden information, one inevitably masters the techniques to keep the information vague and hidden.
In 2020 The Zone team came across unknown forms of stone and mud that seem to be referenced as ritual objects and earth deities of unknown origins. Evidence of their existence in the form of sketches, journal entries and reproductions by explorers and researchers from the 18th and 19th century, form the beginning of The Zone’s unpacking of their possible meaning.
Tracking the journey of mysterious explorers through texts, sketches and speculative maps The Zone seeks to make sense of unknown places.
A ‘LESS-USED’ TOOLBOX
The instrument of instability; the displacement device; the mechanism that is disorganisation; and the implement that is unknown.