20.04.18 – 03.06.18
Soft Roc is a malleable environment created by artist duo Tom et Arthur that proposed agitation and troublemaking as a way to disrupt the rigid categories of active and passive.
For their first project in London, Tom et Arthur invaded KELDER’s architectural tropes with a collection of orthostatic shades turning the previously stable and solid structure into an elastic and fuzzy layout. Stretching from a dolmen to a padded cell, Soft Roc produced the conditions for things to be cloudy, confused and violently shaken.
Expanding upon Timothy Morton’s philosophical concept of rocking and his call for the abandonment of anthropocentrism, the environment of Soft Roc was simultaneously in action and standby: vibrating, oscillating, rocking, and rolling. These movements were further amplified by collaborations between Tom et Arthur and Simon Roth (‘Behave Yourself‘, 18.05.18) and Fay Nicolson (‘Shake Loose and Let it Fall‘, 01.06.18). Acting as continuous agitations, these performances occurred throughout the duration of the project at KELDER.
“It is high time to retire the concepts active and passive as we commonly think them, and time to start rocking.”
Morton, Timothy. Humankind: solidarity with nonhuman people. Verso, London, New York, 2017, p180
Thursday to Saturday 12.00 to 17.00
Tom et Arthur are Tom Schneider (b. 1989, Frankfurt GER) and Arthur Tramier (b. 1991, Bagnols-sur-Cèze FR). Since their graduation from the Dirty Art Department at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam NL, their work has been exhibitions in Galleries (as part of ‘Rare Collisions of Purpose’, Boetzelaer|Nispen, NL; Deborah Bowmann, BE), Squats (PostNorma, NL; Macao, IT) and Bubbles (Sloterdijk, NL).