WUNDERSCHEIN an installation by Guillaume Cailleau
Audio Foundation is pleased to present a new installation commissioned by CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand with the help of AUT by French artist Guillaume Cailleau.
When and how does a piece of paper or an artwork acquire an exchange value? How is its value determined and put into practice?
Wunderschein is an installation focusing on the physicality of money – especially notes – the project models, imitates and fabricates money to address ideas of value in finance and art.
The title gestures to the complex responses inspired by money. While sounding very close to Wunderschön (‘beautiful’), the title is a German neologism composed from ‘Wunder’ (wonder) and ‘Schein’ (which can be translated as a ‘bill,’ ‘glow,’ or ‘pretense’).
The exhibit includes a working printing press (which will actively print currency during the exhibition), a 16mm film which abstracts details of euros notes, and framed versions of the counterfeit currency. While not seeking to directly represent state-sanctioned currency, the ‘money’ produced onsite addresses the value of labour in comparison to what is produced. Meanwhile, the static objects address the fetishism attached to the currency object.
Guillaume Cailleau (born in 1978 in Saumur) is a French artist and filmmaker who is CIRCUIT’s international artist in residence for 2018-19. Experimenting with duration, multiple exposures, colour separation and manually treated single images, his work is influenced by the American avant-garde and performative practices in Expanded Cinema. In 2014 Cailleau was awarded a Silver Bear for his short film Laborat at the Berlin Film Festival. He has worked collaboratively with film and sound artists including Ben Russell, Werner Dafeldecker and Timo Kreuser. On 15 September he will present a live audio/visual performance at the Audio Foundation.
Please join us for a special event in tandem with WUNDERSCHEIN on Saturday 15th September.
Opens – Thursday 13 September, 5.30pm (w. refreshments from Liberty Breweries)
Hours – Tuesday – Saturday, 12.00pm – 4.00pm.
Closes – Saturday 29 September 4.00pm