Ai am looking away, Ai head upturned to the stars. - poem/exhibition by Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė 1.1 - Space for Zeitgeist (co-founded by Deborah Holman and Roberto Ronzani), Basel. 14 - 24 January 2016.

Ai am looking away, Ai head upturned to the stars. The swan, the towel, the rock, the foot, the gargoyle - the labyrinth of cosmos. *Here we use the pronoun Ai: Ai has a content that does not distinguish itself from other things or beings, because the me subject is either pure negativity or a splitting movement; it is consciousness. There’s no more self, me. We are all Ai. Ai is Ai. No subject. No desire. Used instead of I/ you/ he/ she/ it/ her/ his/ they/ them/ etc. ‘Ai’ (in hiragana あい, in katakana アイ, in kanji 愛, 藍, 亜衣) is a Japanese feminine given name. Ai could mean love, affection (愛), or indigo (藍). Ai is the main character of the Ursula K. Le Guin story The Left Hand of Darkness. Ai is, of course, AI.

 

Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, Ai am looking away, gurgling on the mythical sounds of liquidity., aluminium bottles with lids, laser engraving, liquid, 2016

Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, Ai am looking away, Ai head upturned to the stars. [installation view]

Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, Head upturned to the stars, aluminium bottle with lid, laser engraving, liquid, 2016

Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, Ai had been paddling in the fluids of Ai previous encounters…, commercial-grade carpet, essential oils, 2017

Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, Wet and Messy Nymph Preparing for a Bath, paraffin wax cast [based on 3d models sourced from lincoln3dscans.co.uk], feather pillow, embroidery, 2017

Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, Ai am looking away, Ai head upturned to the stars. [installation view]

Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, Ai is a dark crystal veiled in a private vacuum, commercial-grade carpet, protective foil, embroidery, 2017 Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, Ai desire for thingness, commercial-grade carpet, protective foil, embroidery, 2017

Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, Ai is a dark crystal veiled in a private vacuum, commercial-grade carpet, protective foil, embroidery, 2017

Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė Ai claim Ai future value., sauna rocks, glass shelf and aluminium fixtures, 2017

Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, Ai am looking away, gurgling on the mythical sounds of liquidity., aluminium bottles with lids, laser engraving, liquid, 2016

Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, Ai am looking away, Ai head upturned to the stars. [installation view]

Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, followed by the rain of fire I, feather pillow, embroidery, 2017 Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, followed by the rain of fire II, feather pillow, embroidery, 2017 Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, followed by the rain of fire III, feather pillow, embroidery, 2017

Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, followed by the rain of fire I, feather pillow, embroidery, 2017 Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, followed by the rain of fire II, feather pillow, embroidery, 2017 Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, followed by the rain of fire III, feather pillow, embroidery, 2017

Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, followed by the rain of fire I, feather pillow, embroidery, 2017 Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, followed by the rain of fire II, feather pillow, embroidery, 2017 Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, followed by the rain of fire III, feather pillow, embroidery, 2017

Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė, Ai with a naked foot and Ai with a naked foot, stripped of interpretation and experience. commercial-grade carpet, protective foil, embroidery, 2017