In Good Conditions, Kris Van Dessel and Tom Van Malderen build upon their previous collaboration 'Conditions and Opportunities' at DMW Art Space in 2017. Together with curator Tram Scawped, the artists continue their quest into the protocols of exhibiting and the mechanism of the contemporary art economy in general. Their previous collaboration at DMW investigated the conditions and opportunities of the ‘art space’ by means of a series interventions, ranging from subtle modifications of lighting and heating elements to enquiries into the appropriate shade of white for the walls of a white cube. Following up on this expo, 'Good Conditions' explores the application and potential of autonomous artworks as components of a dense art-fair-look-alike constellation. As part of this enquiry, all prices of the works on display are fixed in accordance with the inscrutable laws of the art economy and arranged in an easy-reference component list with accompanying article numbers. In 2023, the component was reactivated as an autonomous artwork as part of the 'Best Conditions' project in Valletta, Malta. Although "COMPONENT 9155 - Reflector" was produced as a physical object voor het project GOOD CONDITIONS, the work REFLECTOR consists of a two-part sound piece explaining the project BEST CONDITIONS, interpreted by Kris Van Dessel in an elaborated in a Dutch and English text.This text was read in both languages by a computer voice. A monotonous ambient soundtrack was also mounted under both texts. The English version will be played on a loop during the project's opening hours of BEST CONDITIONS in Valletta, Malta. The Dutch version is played on a loop during the opening hours of the BEST CONDITIONS satellite project in Antwerp, Belgium.
Sound piece / USB drive with Dutch version + USB drive with English version / unique / 2023.
related work: COMPONENT 9155 - Reflector