Exhibition Doppelgänger

6 februari 2017In Arts, Exhibition Review

Doppelgänger Series On Show

Gallery Exhibition Doppelgänger

At the exhibition at Fontana gallery, Patrick Koster shows two works from the Doppelgänger series. Doppelgänger 1 and 2 from a series of 3 both from 2014. They are collage artworks on a lightbox. Made in the technique adhesive film on drawing polyester mounted on light box. The works have the same size and measure a height 153.5 cm by width 129 cm. In Inches it gives a height of 60.4 by width 50.8 inches. Have a look at the complete series here.

Divisors Of Soul Space

Christopher is known as a bearer of Christ. The theme is about arrogance. He only wanted to respect the supreme power. Therefor he served the king, the emperor, the devil, respectively, and ended with Christ. Christopher is the exemplary servant who carries the wearer who bears everything.

A doppelganger can be seen as a second me. “I am your second self. The doppelganger is also called known as double-ego or alter ego. Encounter yourself through a doppelganger. German culture philosopher Peter Sloterdijk (1947) wrote about this in his books Spheres from 1998 and Globes from 1999. Sloterdijk writes about “divisors of soul space” such as angels, twins and doppelgänger.

Genius and Daimonion

Genius means your guardian spirit from birth to the Romans. “Daimonion” is an internalized guardian spirit from Socrates. An indication that the subject is in a world bordering on a near transcendence.

Unknowable Chaos Of Existence

The doppelgänger has three aspects. It is an artistic motif. In addition, it is a psychological-psychiatric case. Finally, the doppelganger also appears as a fact in reality. In double-parenting, one person can represent another’s superego. An ideal self that is blindly followed by the other. When the doppelganger disappears, the active life of the other character no longer has any meaning.

The doppelganger motif often has an element of confusion. To obscure reality, and to affect human cognition. Thus it is a contribution to the demonstration of the unknowable chaos of existence.

I World

Also in texts from Antiquity and the Renaissance the doppelganger appears. Sometimes as the cause of confusion and complications. It can have a comic effect as a result. In German Romanticism arts the doppelganger appears as an encounter with the self. This doppelganger arises from subjective idealism (Fichte, 1762-1814). This posed the problem of reality in the opposition I-world. Therefor this idealism culminated in the view that the world exists only as a representation of the ego. There is a clear connection with the dualistic sense of life of Romanticism. In Romanticism there is a desire to transcend the finite limits of the I to the irrational. The desire for what one is not but wishes to be.

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