“There is no dead matter. Lifelessness is
only a disguise behind which hide unknown forms of life.”
— Bruno SCHULZ
The Quay Brothers were exposed to local flea market culture, which has been around their town for than a hundred years. Their encounter with various forms of lifeless matter has played an integral role in the realm of the Quay Brothers, the masters of animation. The Quay Brothers went on to create and weave their own creative stories out from the silence of the old puppets and objects handed down from generation to generation via the countless number of hands of numerous people. The Quay Brothers’ creative interpretation of the old objects rendered unique stories surrounding the past and present life stories of the muted objects. The world of the Quay Brothers are built around such stories, which we might call fairy tales from the unconsciousness. Over than 40 years, the Quay Brothers have crafted to provide time and space for the secrets the objects cherished for centuries to come into bloom.
“Quay Brothers: Welcome to the »Dormitorium«” is an instantiation of the history of private art that the Quay Brothers have established. At the exhibition, we will see a wide range of their work: their early work and drawing, dioramas and installation, as well as the Dormitorium from their recent work, The Doll’s Breath (2019). The exhibition also invites you to enjoy the process of converting apparently scattered stories into one cohesive world of art. Stories told by the forgotten or the lost, footnotes, some arbitrary comments all contribute to the whole world. It could be the case that each of the Dormitoriums sprouted from one puny and random idea. However, the final product is a coherent world displaying the imagination, craftsmanship, and the breadth of their creativity both in the spatial and temporal dimensions.
The identical twins have worked to create a wide range of artwork, including stop-motion animations, live-action films, installation and theater stages. Their best-known installation work is probably Dormitoriums, which serve as sets and background of their films, displaying the world in which the story happens. The Dormitorium, originated from the Latin word dormitorius, meaning a room or sleeping. Likewise, the Quay Brother’s Dormitoriums serve to be a place for the puppets and the objects that are apparently asleep. Closely observing the glass-wrapped Dormitorium, the viewers are invited to travel from the 21st century, the era of full body experience, to the 16th century. During that era, museums were still called the Wunderkammer. There, people could see the travel spoils and war trophies but were not allowed to touch them. At this exhibition as well, all displays are to be seen but not to be touched. This visual experience addresses questions concerning human sensory system: can visual experience be translated into tactile experience?
Can visual input trigger tactile stimulation? It also challenges creators and artists: do different types of sense and input permeate and percolate to another? The issue of sensory permeability has led the Quay Brothers’ world, their meticulousness, and craftsmanship, as they have had viewers feel life from the motionless and lifelessness, sensual from the shabby. That is how they have demolished stereotypes and prejudices through their art. This might be the way the Quay Brothers uncover one world that is casted over the world of the consciousness, which could be one purpose of their work.
The exhibition will provide an opportunity to fully enjoy thirty Dormitoriums and dozens of The Black Drawings, the essence of the Quay Brothers’ craftsmanship and imagination. The re-created memories, pure illusion, adventures all serve to make the Dormitorium an alter to commemorate life, both past and present. We invite you to spend one silent night wandering through the Quay Brothers’ dreamy mazes. Why don’t we closely listen to the stories of puppets and other muted objects who have never spoken to us yet?
Sung Moon │ JEONJU International Film Festival
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