Burning Oil Fields (near Abadan, Iran) 2013

In Infinite Freedom Exercise (near Abadan, Iran) 2011, a virtual camera circles the dusty seaside landscape in southern Iran, recording a figure dressed in non-nationalized army fatigues. This actor performatively mimics the prescribed gestures of mortar release in an evolving sequence.
Burning Oil Fields joined the work in 2013 and represents these fires. 

Producer: Werner Poetzelberger
Programmers  Helmut Bressler,
Lead modeller / texturing (environment): Martin Hebestreit
Modeller / texturing (environment): Benno Verschueren, Mason Doran
Technical Installation Design: Jakob Illera / Inseq

2015 · John Gerrard 'Exercise'

Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany

02 April - 11 October 2015

In Infinite Freedom Exercise (near Abadan, Iran) 2011, a virtual camera circles the dusty seaside landscape in southern Iran, recording a figure dressed in non-nationalized army fatigues. This actor performatively mimics the prescribed gestures of mortar release in an evolving sequence.

Burning Oil Fields joined the work in 2013 and represents these fires.

www.kunsthalle-darmstadt.de

2014 · John Gerrard 'Exercise'

Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul

March 1 – June 1 2014

Exercise is a solo show of recent work by internationally renowned artist John Gerrard. The exhibition includes five major works by Gerrard that explore the strand of his practice rooted in digital replicas of real landscapes. Using simulation and game engines as the departure point for much its infrastructure, these technically complex and emotionally evocative simulations converge the terrain of cinema, sculpture, performance, and landscape painting.

This exhibition also marks the premiere of the new commission Exercise (Dunhuang) 2014 for which Gerrard commissioned an American satellite imaging firm to depth-scan markings of a precise system of roadways the size of a small town in China, apparently designed to be seen from orbit. He used these scans to reconstruct the entire landscape. Into this simulation, set wandering through the vast road network were placed thirty-nine workers from a Ghangzhou computer manufacturing plant, still wearing the blue uniforms and elasticated paper bonnets from that context. The workers’ paths across the grid are calculated and determined by the system. Like the site in which it takes place, this is a performance whose eerie calm secretes paranoia, uncertainty, and a creeping awareness of pervasive systems of technological control.

www.borusancontemporary.com

2013 · John Gerrard 'Exercise'

Simon Preston Gallery

Burning Oil Fields at Simon Preston Gallery. 

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2015 · JOHN GERRARD 'EXERCISE' / KUNSTHALLE DARMSTADT, GERMANY
© Kunsthalle Darmstadt / Foto: Axel Schneider, 2015
2014 · JOHN GERRARD 'EXERCISE' / BORUSAN CONTEMPORARY, ISTANBUL
Burning Oil Fields (near Abadan, Iran) 2013 at Borusan
2013 · JOHN GERRARD 'EXERCISE' / SIMON PRESTON GALLERY
Install at Simon Preston Gallery