It was one of the most talked about contributions for our GIF.ME.BERLIN. exhibition from 2011: Moving Forward – Looking Backward, a series of animated GIFs by visual artist Hara Katsiki. This weekend we have revived the series of intricate animated digital paintings on vintage photographs that has been expanded with 2 new pieces to be part of a group exhibition at the new nightlife-meets-art-hub POP. For the grand opening of the new art-themed nightclub this Saturday we have installed our collection of old TV sets once more to screen Hara’s amazing artwork. More after the jump.
Moving Forward – Looking Backward showcases a vision of the future of our urban life in the city as an ever changing organism. “To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it more fit for its prime function of looking forward,” says Hara. “I’m extremely fascinated by old pictures. Especially from the victorian era. With an almost automatic drawing I transform them into a strange and surreal world – a fusion of clandestine Voodou, ancestral memory, and personal revelation. I give them life again through my imagination. I’m like a medium. I allow my hand to move randomly, expressing the subconscious so that the final result may reveal something of the psyche. I do not always look to tell a story or create meaning. Sometimes by looking deeper you can find your own.”
You can enjoy the new expanded series at the Grand Opening of POP this Saturday and for the next couple of weeks. You can also take a closer look at the series in its original version in our GIF.ME.BERLIN. exhibition page.