CORRESPONDENCE Machinations – Thingumajig

By Jan Bäcklund & Katja Serber


This group of drawings is produced in a kind of visual dialogue between some of Katja Serber’s thingumajig-drawings and Jan Bäcklund’s bureaugraphic form. In the Thingumajig series, which is an open-ended series of drawings begun several years ago, Katja Serber places drawings, which, when finished, seem to depict utensils that she don’t know, don’t remember, or doesn’t wish to call anything. She looks upon them as scientific or religious utensils from the past, future, or from another reality. The machinations, on the other hand, are produced as the conceptual products of a ficticious J.W. Müller’s Maschinenfabrik, they depict an archive of fragmentary machine parts with biomorphic functions and is issued by Jan Bäcklund’s archive.

1. Katja Serber: At the exhibition people will be invited to define what the Thingumaji’s instruments are for, by interview, discussions, performances or writing.
2. Jan Bäcklund: On a table is placed a chair, a bunch of blank cards, a cardboard box, a pen, and the appropriate stamps. The audience is thus invited to produce their own drawings, which, if properly filled in, will be included in the archive.

Katja Serber, born 1968, sculptor, painter and installation artist.
Jan Bäcklund, born 1966, bureaugrapher.
Serber and Bäcklund lives together in Copenhagen.

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