Newark Museum and Alice and Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium
African Cosmos Stellar Arts:
This first major exhibition of some 90 objects explores how the celestial bodies of the sun, moon, and stars and such celestial phenomena as rainbows and eclipses serve as sources of inspiration in the creation of African art, both traditional and contemporary. Far from abstract, African ideas about the universe are intensely personal and place human beings in relationships with the earth, sky, and celestial bodies. Objects on view include a mummy board, videos, masks, and sculptures.
See video of Chasing Light and exhibition website:
After drawing the city skyline of Johannesburg as sheet music, sound artists and musicians were invited to interpret and respond to these images. Recording sessions for improvisation and collaboration were held in Johannesburg’s Sound and Motion Studios with Joao Orecchia, Murray Turpin, Daniel Stompie Selebi, Ziza Mhlongo and Zubz interpreting and collaborating on 31 March 2008. The resulting sound-scapes are presented by Marcus Neustetter in an unabridged (20m15s) and a shorter (2m52s) version. The sound-scape has been complimented with various installations and an editioned glass artwork produced in the proportions of the glass that separated Neustetter from the sound responses in the recording studio.
Digital prints, drawings and sculptural sketches towards a permanent installation on the roof of the new development: Main Street Life.
The public artwork aims to reflect on the aspirations of Johannesburg’s search beneath the surface through its goldmines, referenced here in the gear-head design, and the understanding of our planet and environment through studying our contemporary skies, such as through telescopes in the nearby Observatory. On looking through this proposed telescope on the roof of Main Street Life, the viewer will see a self-referential kaleidoscopic image. The artwork has been integrated into the branding of the building and design details and fabrication methodologies are being developed in further sketches and models towards realizing its production and installation.
the observatory in the making observation structures and sites of discovery
12 December 2009 – 23 January 2010
Marcus Neustetter’s third solo exhibition at GALLERY AOP pulls together various strands of the artist’s visual thinking. On show are a series of works that evolved from the work-in-progress sculptural installation at the Joburg Art Fair 2009, as well as various visual explorations of experiences in Sutherland in the Western Cape, which will culminate in his version of an ‘artist observatory’ to be constructed there.
For an event of Visi Magazine and Arts on Main (Johannesburg) at the Nirox Foundation (Cradle of Humankind), Bronwyn Lace and Marcus Neustetter creatively responded to the experience of the landscape through large scale drawings, translating a Google Earth Trace image into a landscape intervention. Using wooden poles and white ribbon, the artists raised the “drawing” off the ground at different heights, evoking excavation site grids and geological dig demarcations.
Oudtshoorn Trace is a collaborative land art and performance project by Marcus Neustetter and Bronwyn Lace. It was commissioned by ABSA KKNK in April 2009 as part of the larger KKNK festival. In their collaboration, Neustetter and Lace combined their interests in projects that address exploring space, public interaction, performance, installation and land art as well as experimentation with materials.
On September 10th 2008, billions of particles were smashed together in nano-seconds to
recreate the first moments of the Big Bang, in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s
most powerful particle accelerator. Thousands of scientists worked for decades to achieve
this scientific spectacle “challenging those who seek confirmation of established knowledge,
and those who dare to dream beyond the paradigm”. Nina Czegledy and Marcus Neustetter
were so inspired by a lecture on the LHC that while they had already deliberated and tested
project ideas for several months, they immediately adopted a fresh approach, which led to The
For the first exhibited manifestation of The Visual Collider, Nina Czegledy and Marcus
Neustetter are presenting a small segment of their larger vision of an ongoing collision of
images and impressions that take place with each experience by both artists. In some sense,
the exhibition in Korcula becomes a sketch for a Visual Collider that, much like the LHC, can
produce data through reaction, some of which is measured and some of which we are not able
to comprehend or express.
The Visual Collider
Nina Czegledy and Marcus Neustetter
18 . 09 – 10 . 10 . 2009
The Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art
Cultural Centre of Vela Luka
Curator: Darko Fritz . grey) (area
Gallery curator: Rada Dragojevic Cosovic
Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art . Vela Luka
grey) (area – space of contemporary and media art . Korčula
DECro – Digital Exchange Croatia . Zagreb
Marcus Neustetter’s exhibition, in two minds in April 2008 at GALLERY AOP, was inspired by his experiences while ascending Mount Kilimanjaro in December 2006. He has subsequently undertaken various experiments to re-enact this experience, and to explore further his perceptions of ‘living between city lights and stars’. one moment is a presentation of photographs, digital traces, drawings and installations that attempt to reflect on the experience of climbing the volcano Mount Teide on Tenerife (Canary Islands) on 11th and 12th October 2009. Neustetter used the exhibition at GALLERY AOP as a moment of contemplation by ‘laying out’ his ideas and findings.