Install for SPAMM @ CERMA.DE
Install for 'A Small Forrest' @ Kunstalle New. Chicago.
Sabine Weier on SHE WAS EVERYTHING for GIFs : SPAMM @ CERMA
Michael Manning gives room for interpretation, the title »She was everything« does not correspond with the five plains lying over each other, flat rectangular panels that float with some distance between them and move synchronously. On the surface of the slightly transparent plains wood, water and a sky with white clouds can be seen. Besides its shape and array, the second panel irritates the viewer. It looks like a nubby steel sheet, but in its centre, a drop of water seems to cause concentric waves. All the other panels also have this concentric wave pattern, which creates an effect as if water had seeped through the sculpture.
Manning wrote to Manuel Rossner about his position: »The piece conceptually is about the collapse of the natural and technological. the idea being that they are one in the same. Each layer of the GIF represents a different natural element and the 5th being humans or technology. The animation is meant to show their overlap, blending and perpetual interconnected nature. My work focuses on the augmentation and distortion of our perception of reality by technology and the deconstruction of the false divide between the natural and technological.
Manning turns nature into a flat visual trace, the constructed aesthetic and its artificial movement contrast the affectionate title and dominate the work. The virtual element, to which our reality is gradually moving, is stronger.