LambdaLambdaLambda: “Degenerative Imaging in the Dark”

Jeremy Shaw

Isabella Ritter and Katharina Schendl (both from Austria) opened the Art Space LambdaLambdaLambda in January 2015, envisioning to establish a dialogue between artists and cultural workers from various backgrounds and to bring more visibility to very interesting young artists from Kosovo. Being located in Pristina LambdaLambdaLambda brings together local and international artists from the young generation with the aim to provide local artists with an opportunity to exhibit and to open up a channel for communication and cultural exchange between the local and international artists- and curator scene.

Exhibition: 3 October – 6 December 2015
Opening: 2 October, 7 p.m.
LambdaLambdaLambda: St.Garibaldi 1, 10000 Prishtina, Kosovo

Jeremy Shaw works in a variety of media to explore altered states and the cultural
and scientific practices that aspire to map transcendental experience. Often
combining strategies from the realms of conceptual art, documentary film, music
video, and scientific research, Shaw’s work has addressed topics ranging from
psychedelic drugs, brain imaging and hypnosis, to snake-handling, straight-edge
hardcore and time travel. Key to his practice is the proposal of a collapsed time
zone in which alchemical elements and ideals are considered with equal validity.

In his exhibition at LambdaLambdaLambda the artist is showing “Degenerative
Imaging in the Dark”, a series of light-activated, glow-in-the-dark vinyl cut-outs
made in reference to commercially produced star and planet stickers. Shaw’s
source material comes from 3D SPECT scan renderings of the degenerative effects
of mind-altering substance use on the blood flow and metabolism of the human
brain. With this series the artist is continuing his interest in the grey area
between scientific and populist mapping/representation of altered states. The
prints are charged by fluorescent light once every 30 minutes, causing them to
glow strongly and slowly fade, glow and fade; static time-based mediums on

Also on view is the most current version of “This Transition Will Never End” (2008
– present) – Shaw’s ongoing archive of appropriated footage taken from a wide
variety of movies and television in which a vortex, or any such tunnel-like or
spiraling image is used to represent the slippage of time or a transition from one
reality to another.