The Immense Ventriloquism – Part.2 TC McCormack & guest artists exhibition in Berlin – 6 March to 5 April 2020

Senior Lecturer of Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University, TC McCormack, will be showcasing his new work at exhibition The Immense Ventriloquism – Part.2 this Friday in Berlin at nationalmuseum. His work will be presented alongside new and existing works by guest artists: Clara Bausch, Matthew Burbidge, Ingo Gerken, Marie von Heyl, Michael Schultze, Raaf van der Sman and Oliver Zwink.

The Immense Ventriloquism – Part.2
nationalmuseum, Urbanstrasse 100, 10967 Berlin
Exhibition opens 7pm on Friday 6 March, closing 5 April 2020

The Immense Ventriloquism, Platform side view (detail), nationalmuseum, Berlin. TC McCormack (2017).

The Immense Ventriloquism, Platform side view (detail), nationalmuseum, Berlin. TC McCormack (2017).

The second in a series of evolving exhibitions The Immense Ventriloquism – Part.2 explores the nature of display, the conditions of exhibiting and even how we look at art. Part artwork and part exhibition architecture: TC McCormack presents a hybrid-display structure at nationalmuseum, introducing a discrete sense of disorientation and altering our viewing experience. Featuring a series of suspended surfaces, this soft structure speaks to the evasiveness of optical registers, dissembling patterns and an ungraspable slippage of surface.

This exhibition presents an intimate and immersive selection of prints, paintings and films, and when viewed collectively reveal liminal and emergent qualities. Certainly they elude and challenge any positional or situational play, this gathering of exquisite voices pass up on the measures: indeed they seem to speak through us.

Image takes from the film ‘Magic isn’t magic, it’s always something else’ – by TC McCormack (2020).

We are living through challenging times, The Immense Ventriloquism is sympathetic with that perceptible desire to re-mystify the world, to loosening the pervasive and persistent traditions of logic and reason, while recognising that we ‘only sound and look like badly pronounced half-finished sentences’.[1]

The title The Immense Ventriloquism takes inspiration from a poem by Wallace Stevens, ‘Not Ideas About the Thing but the Thing Itself’.[2]

[1] from Burden of Dreams, documentary on the making of Fitzcarraldo, featuring Werner Herzog, directed by L.Blank, 1982.

[2] ‘Not Ideas About the Thing but the Thing itself’ The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens, Alfred A Knopf, New York 1954.

TC McCormack is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University and researcher at the Art & Design Research Centre. Follow @tcolmccormack and find out more about his work here.