Louise Rouse

Saturday, 14.00 – 14.45
“Invisible Cities” (eng) 


“Invisible Cities” (eng)

Louise Rouse will talk about her current research and upcoming exhibition titled "Invisible Cities.“ This research investigates the aesthetics and spatiality of the nodal relationships of supra-communities that have become dislodged from Modernist understandings of geographic region or space. The title of the upcoming exhibition takes its cue from Italo Calvino’s 1972 novel, hinting at the entirely distinct cities one might encounter and describe depending upon positionality in regards to entities that gradually reveal themselves to be “Venice” via their sequential ensemble in the novel. Henri Lefebvre said that “a revolution that does not produce a new space has not realized its full potential”, in a critique of state socialism. Yet space as understood in Calvino’s Invisible Cities questions the legitimacy of cities as discreet entities that complicates spatial production as conceived by Lefebvre. Instead, cities become, like in object-oriented programming, Instances of the Class “Venice”, instantiated by a flux of random relational properties and existing potentially independently or on top of one another.
Henri Lefebvre sagte in seiner Kritik am Staatssozialismus, dass „eine Revolution, die keinen neuen Raum hervorbringt, ihr volles Potenzial nicht verwirklicht hat“. Der Raum, wie er in Calvinos Unsichtbare Städte verstanden wird, stellt jedoch die Legitimität der Städte als diskrete Entitäten in Frage, was die von Lefebvre konzipierte Raumproduktion erschwert. Stattdessen werden Städte, wie in der objektorientierten Programmierung, zu Instanzen der Klasse „Venedig“, die durch einen Fluss zufälliger relationaler Eigenschaften instanziiert werden und potenziell unabhängig oder übereinander existieren.

Louis Rouse is an artist and adjunct professor for fine art at Temple University, Japan. Rouse's recent exhibitions include Nakanojo Biennale, Japan, Bloc Projects Gallery, UK, Printed Matter, New York, Impact 11, Hong Kong. Rouse is also currently funded by the Japanese Ministry of Culture, for doctoral research at Tokyo University of the Arts, Printmaking Department, under the supervision of Michael Schneider, which will be defended for a PhD in 2023. Rouse's background relates traditional printmaking, especially Japanese water-based mokuhanga, with generative intermedia technologies. She has given workshops and lectures at the Royal Academy, Central St. Martins, Tyler School of Art, PAFA, Berkeley Museum and many printmaking studios across west Europe..