LASSE SCHMIDT HANSEN. Other activities. 27.11.2015 – 29.01.2016 

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Other activities

Other activities is a movie attempting to capture (record) activities in time and space surrounding the recording of a movie.
It consists of recorded in-between takes and and outtakes; things normally not visible in the finished film. Some are staged (scripted), some reconstructed and some (others) occur coincidental. The different scenes are of more or less abstract action as they are taken out of context. The movie is a compilation of these various scenes assembled in a non-dramatic narration.
Several people appear in the movie, interacting with a setting of various kinds of office furniture, film equipment and other things (props). The movie is recorded in an unspecified exhibition space, using the gallery in its off hours as a studio. So in the exhibited movie, space is transformed (from one space to another) and time is changed (from off hours to on hours) (or the other way around).
In general the movie is dealing with ideas of work (doing something, making/creating something, production/reproduction), and with the idea of staged work and work as piece. At the same time it is dealing with the idea of the scripted (planned) and the coincidental (unplanned) conceptually a dilemma or paradox which Lasse Schmidt Hansen finds particularly interesting.

Installation of
Other activities

In the exhibition the movie is shown in two separate location, first screened in the entrance hallway and secondly on a monitor in one of the exhibition spaces—presenting (showing) the same movie both as projection and object; in two different formats (changed formats) running in loop parallel but not synchronized.
On which point you enter a movie in an exhibition is mostly determined by chance. The duration is determined by how long you decide to watch. The reappearance of the movie in the exhibition creates the possibility of another beginning of the movie, thereby shifting the order of the narration.

Untitled (isolation)

A fundamental part of the photographic process is the selection and isolation of the image. To focus on a motive and separate it from its surroundings.
Untitled (isolation) is a series of eight photographs picturing pieces of photographic paper; the leftovers from cutting pictures out of print sheets. The paper pieces, which has different forms and shapes, are scattered on a grey carpet with a cutting board, cutting knives, rulers, and other less or non related studio inventory (material) as captured in the middle of a work process. Because the paper pieces are photographed from a slight downward angle all the way to 90° down (frontal) it creates a free floating composition of geometric-ish shapes, angels and perspectives.
Most of the photographs are made horizontally, a few though are vertically oriented (changed format). Each of them are cut out by hand—similar to the process pictured in the work. The pictures are individually cut as close to the edge of the image as possible, sometimes leaving one or two white stripes on the edge of the picture. And sometimes a similar strip will be missing of the image. Not that that really will be visible. The photographs are afterwards mounted (framed) on a white background, recreating the white surroundings of the print sheet.
Besides documenting a part of the photographic process in studio surroundings, the piece focus on things outside (beside) the image, trying to capture something (normally) not visible. (Invisibility-invisible images…)

Dismantled molleton

The work consists of a collection of used pieces of black cloth (molleton), collected from different institutions, theaters, museums, galleries. The pieces are shown on the floor folded as it was stored. Differently. Various sizes and volumes. Some a little crumpled. Some with staples from installation. Duct tape. etc.
Its a presentation of a material mainly used for creating darkness in different situations. Or black backgrounds. In art institutions it is mainly used to cover light sources in the galleries or to exclude light from windows. But also for black boxes, for wall coverings or as curtains at the entrance. It is a sort of valuable material so it is often kept after use. A part of the inventory.
Tough dismantled the cut format is still referencing a specific function in a specific space. Architecture. But now transformed into different kinds of visible objects. Without their original function. Not installed. Nor stored. (Darkness visible)