Opening, May 10, 2022, 7 pm
Exhibition, May 11 – June 15, 2022
Natural sciences, like physics, genetics, or biology, as the study of living material, count among the multitude of departure points for Simona Koch. In experimental research setups, which range from expansive installations to artist books, she traces the living in all of its facets, while continuously generating new working methods and procedures. Like a scientist, she works systematically, always reflecting on how her own artistic practice relates to the thematic fields, which she translates into images, objects, animations, and calculations: things as animistic information carriers that survive numerous human generations; the growth of so-called superorganisms, including complex structures such as cities; universal family trees to collect genomes; terms lent from scientific classification such a “roots”, “heritage”, and “essence”.
Departing from her own biography, Simona Koch visualizes the networks of human relationships, intertwining the lives of different people with her own. This fluctuation between research on her own biography and that of people from Germany, East Prussia, Austria, The Netherlands, USA, Switzerland, France, England, and Belgium, whose histories date back to the early fourteenth century, is characteristic of Simona Koch’s working method. In her approach she oscillates between microscope and telescope, between the smallest and largest structures, between personal experience and situated knowledge. The resulting artworks assume the form of illustrated diagrams and maps, or sculptures hand-crafted in meticulous linking processes, which resemble a DNA double helix.