Preferring not to present his videos in the dark neutrality of a cinema or gallery projection space, Aernout Mik is known for work which engage the viewer in physical as well as filmic space. He builds his videos into precisely specified architectural environments, seeking to control every aspect of the viewing experience.
In staged situations Mik employs a large number of actors. He gives them a minimum of instructions before shooting, and thus prefers that they do not act but react naturally to the unfolding situations. The four installations in the exhibition focus on the exercise and shifting distribution of power, the repeated patterns of human behavior and the ordinariness of extraordinary situations.
The exhibition is supported by Bergen Kommune, Norsk Kulturråd og Mondriaan Foundation.
Aernot Mik: Shifting Shifting is organized by Camden Arts Centre in collaboration with The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Bergen Kunsthall and Kunstverein Hannover.