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Spatial Ties

«The eye is an organ on which the air has the same effect as this stick has on my hand,» says the blind man in Denis Diderot’s famous 1749 «Letter on the Blind for the Benefit of Those Who See».
The accompanying illustration depicts a man with bound eyes feeling his way about with two canes. The canes are carried crossed-over, like rays that meet in the ocular lens, in a schematic representation of the eye. As the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan would later say in reference to Diderot, unseen threads direct our gaze through space, they rivet our eyes on an object: a mutual dependence.
Upon entering a room, we become connected with this architectonic-material and affective-immaterial system. Each individual space is shaped by invisible lines that project from and shift in sync with the body. Corina Bezzola captures these, records them. Unlike other prominent artistic stances like that of Anthony McCall or Gregor Schneider or younger artists like Peter Welz or Christoph Weber, Bezzola doesn’t try to alter space through her interventions or stage a scene in its dominant presence. With determination she reconstructs the system of spatial ties. Bezzola intervenes in situ, with adhesive tape, exploring the binding power that holds the space together. In doing so, she encounters those attributes that have been inscribed on a room by its owners. Through examination of the architecture and manipulation of interiors, Bezzola – surrounded herself by a space-creating framework – is able to retrace the lines and create a portrait of the space that emerges from real, symbolic and imaginary stories.
While doing so, the material and its own aesthetic are important, and she explores these in montages of adhesive tape. After the intervention, the working process continues with photography. As two-dimensional images, the large-format photographs once again demonstrate, differently than the intervention itself, the interdependence of visible and invisible lines bound together in a system that creates a space. Thus we recognize that space is not just a question of three-dimensionality, but that it is constituted by connecting lines with images, imagination and representation .
Jens Emil Sennewald
Art Critic, works in Paris with his office «texte&tendenzen» for magazines in Austria, Germany and Switzerland .