P R A X E S
Christina Mackie
Matt Mullican
Co-founded by Rhea Dall and Kristine Siegel, PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art in Berlin (2013-2015) presented four half-year cycles of exhibitions, publications, and events, each revolving around two unassociated artistic practices.
As part of Bergen Assembly 2016, PRAXES expands its methodology to develop a year-long episodic and itinerant investigation—a triennial centered on the work of two artists only.
30 August–28 September
3 October–9 November
13 November–13 December
Drop
And Bird
Frog And
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Matt Mullican, Untitled (Pricking my finger / Bleeding green blood), 1973–74.
Still from video, 3.43 min, ed. 2/3.
 
Testing the capacities of materials such as crystals, clay, garnet sand, and pigment blocks against forces of compression, gravity, technology, or sheer observation, Christina Mackie’s over thirty-year-long practice circumvents conceptual strategies and turns towards a meticulous investigation of the world of things and its interconnections. Often displayed in itinerant installations,
her oeuvre broadens into a continuum rather than a series of insulated works. At PRAXES these connections unfolded in
three parts over Autumn 2014. Combining developments in recent and upcoming work, the first installment—“Drop”—posited the exhibition space as a crystalline test site of material experiments still in process. The two following exhibition modules, “And Bird” and “Frog And”, took their cue from a dual monitor work from 2000, Frog and Bird, in which a frog seemingly listens to a singing blackbird.
Articulated in a range of formats from photographs, pencil drawings, performances, texts, and pictographic charts,
Matt Mullican has continuously tracked the constructions
of subjective realities by recurrently transgressing into and probing our relationship with abstract or imaginary realms. Drawing on his long-term investigation of the frameworks of perception, Mullican’s initial exhibition module of his Cycle of exhibitions, events, and publications at PRAXES, “Third Person”, focused on the third-person point of view and its narrative variations and potentials as explored in his work from the early 1970s to today. The following exhibition module, “Second Person”, centered on a string of live lectures and performances, turning to the artist’s current interest in the implications of the you—the strengthened identification with a fictive character through a second-person point of view.
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DROP	 30 AUGUST—28 SEPTEMBER
THIRD PERSON	 30 AUGUST—12 OCTOBER
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Matt Mullican, Sleeping Child, 1973 / 2014, installation view at PRAXES.
Courtesy of Lenbachhaus, Munich.

Christina Mackie, Sketch for Drop, 2014, installation view at PRAXES.
Pushing his own subjectivity against the subterrain of the imaginary is a decisive strain in Matt Mullican’s practice.
While under hypnosis, he has repeatedly forced himself to act, draw, and register in an altered mental state, testing a third-person capacity he has named “That Person”. Alongside material stemming from this exercise, the exhibition module “Third Person” displayed, among other works, a series of black-and-white photographs probing the individual as a symbolic figure, the Untitled (Birth to Death List) recounting of a woman’s life; and a set of works circulating Glen, a stick figure, drawn from the early 1970s and onwards. Coming full circle, in an abstraction that is as simple as it is subtle, Mullicans Sleeping Child is the stick figure, alive and fully absorbed in slumbering, a third-person narrative of a wooden plank and a person resting as one.
“Drop” centered on Christina Mackie’s initial blueprints for a series of ten-meter, dye-drenched silk filters, exhibited at Chicago’s Renaissance Society in 2014. At PRAXES, the two white nylon maquettes were anchored by new samples of found and fabricated material indicating future processes of dipping, dyeing, coating, collecting, and molding.
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and bird	 3 october—9 November
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Christina Mackie, Frog and Bird, 2000.
The exhibition modules "And Bird" and "Frog And" assemble existing pieces spanning Mackie’s more than thirty years of production. Taking its cue from a dual monitor work from 2000, Frog and Bird, "And Bird" focused on notions of performative matter and fabricated or perceived interactions, among these the stripy sculpture Spirit of the Planet Saturn.

Performance documentation, Matt Mullican: "Second Person" at PRAXES.
Photo: Agnieska Roguski
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Running from mid-October, the second exhibition module by Matt Mullican at PRAXES, entitled “Second Person”, turned to a subject that the artist is currently examining, namely that of the you in his practice. Probing and unfolding a hypothesis of strengthened identification with an imaginary character through a second-person point of view, the exhibition space became a vehicle for Mullican to address audiences directly in performances, lectures, and conversations. By returning to early live works, contemplating the artist’s practice in its entirety, revisiting the studio archive, inviting speakers with specialized knowledge, and providing a framework for a new performance, PRAXES offered itself to Mullican and audiences as a collective research facility. The one-off activities were accompanied by a series of accumulated displays of performances props, archival material, documentation, and artworks related to the unfolding investigation.

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Christina Mackie, Foo, 1994. Film still.
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Born in 1956 in England and raised in Canada before relocating to London in the 1970s, Christina Mackie has exhibited extensively with recent solo exhibitions including The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2014), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2012), and Chisenhale Gallery, London (2012). A monograph on her work, supported by the Contemporary Art Society, UK, will be released in 2015.
Born in 1951 and trained in Los Angeles and New York City, where the artist still partly resides, Matt Mullican is based in and works from Berlin, teaching as professor of sculpture at the Art Academy in Hamburg (HfbK). Mullican recently had solo exhibitions at Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2013), Haus der Kunst, Munich (2011), Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (2010–2011), and Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne (2010). His work was also included in “The Encyclopedic Palace” exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia (2013).
PRAXES
Bergen Assembly
Østre Skostredet 5 – 7
Bergen 5017, Norway
PRAXES’s Berlin venue has closed. In 2016 PRAXES will open its new iteration in Bergen, as part of the Bergen Assembly
cycle 3, 2014
30 August–12 October
16 October–13 December
Third Person
Second Person
SECOND PERSON	 16 october—13 december
frog and	 13 november—13 december

Christina Mackie, Breughel Boots, 1999.
Still from video, 3 min.
Corresponding with the previous display “And Bird”, the third exhibition by Christina Mackie at PRAXES, “Frog And”, concen-trated on the incidental encounter, the attuned observation, the faces in the forest. Dedicated to the early video work, Foo, this display became a universe of its own logic—one in which a homely interior contains both everyday belongings and a chang-ing landscape weathered by a foreign system, resonating and creating (compulsive) listening for any person (or frog) reached.