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This catalogue was published by Mousse and co-produced by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne, Aarhus 2017: European Capital of Culture, Denmark, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, the Ricard Foundation, and the CNAP, Centre national des arts plastiques, France, and The Power Plant. The publication accompanied the exhibition It Has a Golden Red Sun and an Elderly Green Moon by Ulla von Brandenburg, presented at The Power Plant from 25 June to 5 September 2016, and It Has a Golden Orange Sun and an Elderly Blue Moon, presented at the Fonderie Darling, Montreal, from 16 June to 21 August 2016.
Ulla von Brandenburg works across film, performance, sculpture, installation, and drawing. At The Power Plant, von Brandenburg exhibited a series of interconnected films and installations influenced by the history of theatre and stage design in order to bring together five recurring themes in her work: colour, ritual, movement, stairs, and textiles. These themes stem from her interest in a variety of sources particular to theatre, dance, and the stage, including: the set designs of theorist Adolphe Appia; the dances of movement theorist Rudolf von Laban and the Judson Dance Theater; the work on movement by playwright Samuel Beckett and the artist Bruce Nauman; and John Cage's musical constructions on randomness. The resulting works explore dance and movement, staging, and colour, where the characters in her films experience states of consciousness caught between past and present, reality and illusion, the sacred and the secular.
The publication features texts by Jeremy Lecomte, Jacinto Lageira, Ida Soulard, Susanne Müller, and a conversation between Ulla von Brandenburg, Alexandra Baudelot, and Matthieu Doze.
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