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Rasmus Hungnes - Scratch that, 2015


Cage, cats, various cat paraphernalia, staircase and vantage point for cats made from series of four decollages in A3 size plexiglas, one double sided A4 collage.

This installation is devised as an environment for cats, while pertaining to censorship, appropriating various modes of visual suppression as artistic technique. A cage is built around the gallery entrance; various furniture such as a scratching column, fodder and other paraphernalia for cats are placed in the space; among these a staircase made of dual-layered plexiglas, encasing a series of four decollages. Two images cut out from old porn magazines are treated with a scratching technique inspired by Japanese censorship of imported publications: Labourers are manually flipping through these, scratching out what is deemed obscene utilizing subjective judgement and a fine blade. The cats have the opportunity to climb this decollage staircase, using it as a vantage point while simultaneously becoming artistic collaborators, scratching the surface of the plexiglas and adding furry backdrops to the transparent surfaces (the top ones are seen by the average visitor from below). Mounted on the window can be seen an - approximately - black monochrome consisting of censor bars cut out from old porn magazines. These geometrical shapes are glued to a transparent surface, so that the backside, a randomized web of "white noise", can be seen from outside of the gallery.

From UTOPIA at Kreuzberg Pavillon, March 14th 2015, curated by Hilde Jørgensen/KNIPSU.


Scratch that, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin, 2015.


Scratch that, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin, 2015.


Scratch that, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin, 2015.


Scratch that, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin, 2015.


Scratch that, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin, 2015.


Scratch that, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin, 2015.


Scratch that, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin, 2015.