Wagehe Raufi About Contact Upcoming: Bundeskunsthalle, 1.–30.12.2021
hidden architect, 2020, Installation, Kressmann-Halle, Offenbach a. M., Photos Olaf Dreyer
This Is So Me – Chirping Balls
Kunst- und Kulturstiftunග Opelvillen Labor
Photos: Fenja Cambeis
Mammoth with Glass Eye
img (1+2) Olaf Dreyer, (3+4) Norbert Miguletz
"And This is Us"
2019, Frankfurter Kunstverein
Wagehe Raufi’s artistic investigation is a closer examination of the interface between material presence and digital fragility. Her installations dissolve the boundaries between analog and digital space by allowing real objects to encounter their logarithmic depiction and assembling them into artificial landscapes. With her sculptures and video works she attempts to expand digital space and to incorporate it into our immediate present.
She duplicates the real items in their digital reflection, so that their delimitations seem to dissolve. The result is a seemingly never-ending tracking shot across surface structures merging into each other. Digital objects loom on the horizon of the video with hypnotic constancy; their fragile surfaces seem to be generated pixel by pixel.The objects in the rendered sequence glide out of the depth of the unformulated background of the image. If the viewer visualizes the continuation of this movement into real space, the digital objects would become real and create an image space in which even the viewer becomes part of the construction.
The living processes of the organic substances ensure that they change their consistency and color in their growth and decay. As part of an exchange with the environment and surrounding materials, the fabrics dry and warp, and dissolve the surface. The hybrid objects unite organic and synthetic materials to form novel image surfaces of colors and textures that independently react to each other in the process.
Wagehe Raufi explores how different technical and analog methods can be used to translate objects into other media and forms.
These ways of scanning reality allow what is solid to become porous and seemingly loosely connected surface formations, referring to how we understand and construct our environment.
In Between Contemporary Stones
Photos: Johannes Lenzgeiger
Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing
Photos: Robert Schittko
Left over leg. I caught two sweet aliens downtown in the night. So that people would believe me i chained it to the railing for people to see. The next morning i found only their legs. That was all was left of them. They had escaped already. So. shy.
Malina Lauterbach & Dierk Höhne
2019, Sprechsaal Berlin
The surrounding conditions affect its process of decay and eventually evoke a form dissolution.
Within this concept of constant transformation, Raufi’s analogue and -generic spaces intermingle. They both catalyze the entanglement of -bodies, objects and environments – obscuring the boundaries of these categories.
Cultivating – Breeding – Education
Photos: Olaf Dreyer
Collaboration with Martin Dörr, Alice Gustson, Yana Tsegay
Graphics: Kathrin Baumgartner
App-Implementation Compost Cloud: Merlin Flügel
Photos: Fenja Cambeis
Basic Blow Up
Photo (3): Fenja Cambeis
„Cleaning & Value“
The ultimate aim of this dialogue lies within the augmentation of knowledge about lost civilizations from the past.
Examining the materials independently already allows for conclusions about the use of products that occur in everyday life, the consumption of food, rites of personal hygiene, or technological knowledge of extracting and crafting organic and synthetic materials.
Especially organic materials are of great interest in these contexts, for they are often decomposed and can only be identified through costly methods of analysis.
These so-called clusters are crafted objects and not just a coincidental accumulation of different substances such as would be found in the remainders of garbage dumps or sewage systems. Time and effort were needed for their creation, and therefore, an intentional purpose or function can be expected. So, what are these objects made for?
(Looking at the objects of Wagehe Raufi’s work “In Between Contemporary Stones” the archaeologist’s eye is confronted with a conglomeration of various organic and synthetic materials seemingly mashed together into clusters of diverse colour, texture and form. Therefore, the first question for an archaeologist would be:)
What exactly are these objects made of?
Visible to the eye are pieces of a foam-like material, plastic film and colour pigments such as green, pink and yellow. A more elaborate analysis would reveal remainders of make-up, sanitary products, different kinds of plastic, corn starch and other traces of aliment, and finally hydrogel and agar-agar. These last two materials – better described as water storage granules and gelatine extracted from algae – form a kind of matrix when they are mixed with water, which holds these vastly different materials together.)
But still, an interpretation of the work in an archaeological sense could be described as an insight into the artist’s life through the combination of all the different materials and objects surrounding her on an everyday basis. And in a few hundred years only the plastic parts will remain, the original function as art will be eliminated without coincidentally passed on written sources.
spirit in the soil
Sheraton Hotel Offenbach
Photos: Fenja Cambeis