Exhibition Opening: June 2nd 2023, 7 pm
Opening Hours: June 5th – 16th, 3 – 6pm; Saturday & Sunday closed
On February 15th, 1894, a bomb exploded at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England. The device detonated prematurely, killing the perpetrator carrying it and leaving behind a mystery surrounding his motivations. Today it is believed that the observatory’s Master Clock, by then the world’s clock, symbol of the British Empire’s status as a global superpower and its technological and scientific advancement, was the likely target of the attack.
Tensions between objective, universal time and its individual perception are at the center of the exhibition. Shown are several objects and spatial interventions dealing with keeping, spending, stretching and killing time. Ancient organisms live in symbiosis with modern satellite technology, split-second decisions leave permanent imprints and sculptural artefacts get frozen before melting away.
Daniel Stempfer was born in Austria and lives and works in Hong Kong. His sculptures and installations often deal with temporary phenomena, the traces they leave behind and the re-creation of past events from fragmentary evidence.
His works were shown at Traklhaus Salzburg, Salzamt Linz, Callirrhoë Athens, MMCA Seoul, MMK Frankfurt, Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Mediterranea Biennale Tirana, Feyerabend Hong Kong, W139 Amsterdam, Art Center Ongoing Tokyo, Swimming Pool Projects Sofia, Gallery Soy Capitán Berlin, basis Frankfurt, among other places. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and at Städelschule Frankfurt am Main with Prof. Willem de Rooij, where he graduated Meisterschüler in 2013.