Scanner is an installation specifically conceived for MAMbo, the artist’s hugest to date. Krén has been carrying out this research all over the world since the 90s, taking his cue from an investigation of the impossibility for humans to reach final, definite goals, proposing instead a destabilizing individual experience.
Krén’s presence at MAMbo, his first in Italy, has been possible through the cooperation with LIC, Literárne informačné centrum – Bratislava (Center for Literary Information), a cultural association run by the Slovakian Republic’s Ministry of Culture; it is the ideal crowning of a series of events at Bologna’s Children Book Fair, whose 2010 edition has hosted Slovakia as guest of honor.
Throughout his career, Matej Krén, among the most important Slovakian contemporary artists, has focused mainly on the means of elaboration and transmission of knowledge, establishing suggestive links between their historical and ideological relativity and the experimentation with many forms of optical and perceptual illusion.
The narrow inside space, multiplied and complicated by mirrors, evoke a sensation of sublime terror, an alteration referring to a puzzling infinity itself created to destabilize conventional spatial habits. Mirrors become an instrument to create illusion and, at the same time, to unmask it. Since the public can easily see themselves reflected in a false infinite – thus discovering the illusion – the problem becomes the latency of perception.
Chosen because of their nature as seat of knowledge, as symbols of intrinsically human free thought, books are here “used” as raw materials for an artistic process existing and communicating on many distinct levels.