Susan Kleinberg


TIERRA SIN MALES



DIGITAL PROJECTION INSTALLATION
CLOISTER OF SAN SALVADOR - VENICE 2009




“Tierra Sin Males” was shown at the Cloister of San Salvador in Venice during the opening of the Venice Biennale 2009, sponsored by Telecom Italia.

In the Cloister, the piece was projected
across the piazza (about 35 ft. wide), over the well, onto the Refrectory wall, with its grill-covered windows, augmenting the tension of being confined/released, what one runs from/to.

TIERRA SIN MALES at Dusk






Over the past 13 years, beginning in 2004, Kleinberg developed six high-definition digital projection pieces,
BLOOD ROLL, D-ROLL, P-SPIN, "Tierra Sin Males", KAIROS and BALAFRE, with related prints, drawings and paintings.  BLOOD ROLL was shown first in November 2004 in Seoul, Korea, in a major international show at the Total Museum, curated by Chul Lee, commissioner of the previous Gwangju Biennale.  In 2005, she showed BLOOD ROLL during the opening of the Venice Biennale, projecting it across the Campo Santo Stefano, Venice on the façade of the Istituto Veneto.  Kleinberg installed P-SPIN at the Pulkovo Observatory in St. Petersburg, Russia in the fall of 2007, in an exhibition organized by Olesya Turkina, a curator from the Russian State Museum.

In the first four digital projections, a large glass globe seesaws tensely back and forth over a central fulcrum. 
The movements are both with and against any predictable laws of physics or nature. The globe rolls upwards, almost off the edge, catches, spins back, spins forward faster, spirals, hesitates, continues … the shadow, density, reflection and refraction, contort and contract, shifting continually.  The pieces speak to the fragility, and strength, of many systems, be they economic, political, environmental, institutional, physical or emotional.  The pieces are led by deep reverberating sound tracks.

KAIROS and BALAFRE are a collaboration with the Louvre's scientific team at the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France, using its high-powered microscope.