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Approximately 3 Dimensionsalexander levy, Berlin, 2016

Self-Revolving (video)

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Installation view ‘Approximately 3 Dimensions’, alexander levy, Berlin, 2016

In his exhibition Approximately 3 Dimensions at alexander levy, Julius von Bismarck presents a range of works that examine three or more dimensions from all angles. In the video installation Space Beyond Me two spatial and one temporal dimensions are translated into three spatial ones. In Self-Revolving Torus, the analogy of a torus, that seems to continuously devour and disgorge itself, is used to explain the fourth spatial dimension. Finally, in Platonic Birth, a torus-resembling opening forces out platonic bodies from the space within.

Approximately Three Dimensions is characterised by a sense of inevitability echoed by the three dimensions that continuously permeate the observer. To make a hole, three dimensions are necessary. In the two-dimensions of the iconic thought experiment Flatland, organisms that sustain their existence through a digestive system characterised by two holes, would find themselves split in two along the hole-connecting tube. And if such a punctured, three-dimensional body starts turning itself inside-out through the central hole, it acts out something like the fourth dimension, as imagined from its 3-D perspective.

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video installation Space Beyond Me, 2010 | mixed media, circular projection chamber, Ø 6m

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Self-Revolving Torus (synthetic leather) (2009/2016) | torus, internal motor, / materials and dimensions not in artwork archive, (Ø 40 cm –1m 40cm; internal motor)

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Self-Revolving Torus (silver), 2009 | torus, internal motor, (Ø 40 cm –1m 40cm; internal motor)

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Installation view ‘Approximately 3 Dimensions’, alexander levy, Berlin, 2016


Platonic Birth, video


Platonic Birth, video