Mariele Neudecker

Mariele Neudecker

2017 and 2019 Guest Artist

Born in 1965 in Düsseldorf, Germany, Mariele Neudecker lives and works in Bristol, UK. In her work, Mariele Neudecker explores the interphases and overlaps of the two and three-dimensional, as well as analogue and digital. She uses a broad range of media including sculpture, film, photography as well as sound. Her practice investigates the formation and historical dissemination of cultural constructs around the natural and technological world and notions of a Contemporary Sublime. Neudecker has shown widely internationally, notably in Biennales in Japan, Australia and Singapore, also solo shows in Ikon Gallery, Tate St Ives and Tate Britain.

As Guest Artist in 207, Neudecker has spent time at CERN visiting The Cosmics Leaving Outdoor Droplets (CLOUD) Experiment in dialogue with the group of researchers led by scientist Jasper Kirkby. While at CERN the artist took a variety of tracking shots in the experimental hall of the CLOUD experiment in order to compose Everything Happens Once, an Art Commission by Arts at CERN with the generous support of Didier and Martine Primat Foundation and its special Fund Odonata.

Everything Happens Once consists of two 7-meter long tracks mounted on the wall, in which two monitors are fed tracking footage which matches the speed at which the video was filmed. Viewers are invited to enter these two portals that show different realities of the CLOUD experiment. In her explorations at the lab Neudecker observed that most of what can be directly seen often occupy large volumes and appear to exist far away, behind steel chambers, and invisible to our eyes. The artist introduces unknown elements to the installation while the footage on the monitors plays randomly, being programmed to adopt unpredictable choices. For Neudecker, technology both enables and limits our perception and experience of the world we inhabit. Curated by Head of Arts at CERN Mónica Bello, Everything Happens Once will be exhibited in Broken Symmetries at Kumu Art Museum (Tallin) (2020-2021).

The artist would like to thank scientist Jasper Kirkby and CLOUD experiment, and for helping with the realisation of the work to Christian Easton, Benjamin Jones and Simone Einfalt.