19. 04. – 07. 05. 2021
David Claerbout / Wildfire (meditation of fire), 2019-2020
Cyprien Gaillard / KOE
Bill Viola / Tempest (Study for The Raft)


David Claerbout | Cyprien Gaillard | Bill Viola

PYLON-Lab is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition FRAGMENTS OF SPHERE, presenting works by David Claerbout, Cyprien Gaillard and Bill Viola.

The exhibition is in collaboration with the Amsterdam based art space Project Space On The Inside and is co-curated by Annemarie Galani in collaboration with Thomas & Julia Schmelzer. The show will open on April 19th in accordance with the guidelines of the current state government ordinances. Please note our current guidelines and hygiene measures to regulate admissions down below to ensure a safe and pleasant visit.

The presented artworks of FRAGMENTS OF SPHERE exemplify the artists’ innovative approaches to using new and digital media and which explore notions of fragmentation both visually and conceptually. Included in the exhibition are works in which the four classical elements play a fundamental role. Water, earth, air, and fire were once believed to make up the entire universe—fragments of a sphere. Today, the implications of these elements are much different. When placed in the context of our changing world, they adopt a new meaning.

With this in mind, the artworks themselves seem to pose similar questions regarding the relationship between nature, technology, and the role of human beings within this dichotomy. As Earth’s landscapes continue to change, what will become of our planet? As technology continues to impact daily life, what will become of humanity?

FRAGMENTS OF SPHERE invites audiences to explore new approaches to contemporary art within the context of our digitized and changing society.

The exhibition is open by appointment only. Please contact prior to visit. All visitors are required to present a current-day negative rapid test. Admission without appointment and a negative test can not be granted, thanks for your understanding. You can find our hygiene concept in German language linked below.

Please note and respect the following guidelines when visiting PYLON-Lab:

Stay at home if you are ill: If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as a cough, runny nose and sneezing or fever, then stay at home. Visitors with apparent symptoms will not be granted access into the exhibition space.

Wear a mask over your mouth and nose: Access to the exhibition with surgical and FFP2 masks only.

Hygienic precautions: Please use disinfectant gel at your disposal inside. Keep your distance from other people in the exhibition space (at least 1.5 m) and avoid physical contact. Sneeze or cough into the crook of your arm or a tissue.

The exhibition is kindly supported by Kulturstiftung des Freistaat Sachsen, by Landeshauptstadt Dresden – Amt für Kultur und Denkmalschutz and by Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden.

David Claerbout
Cyprien Gaillard
Bill Viola

The reflex to stay away from fire when it cannot be brought under control (e.g. a wildfire) stems from biological programming, which is still present in most living beings today. A 'meditation on fire' may therefore sound like an impossibility.

The expansive projection of David Claerbout's 3D animation Wildfire (meditation on fire) shows a storm-like spreading fire, taking over green forests, bursting them into flames. The video work has minimal sound and thus seems to almost elude the viewer, giving the work something hybrid: Visually loud through the choice of subject, and again quite quiet through acoustic omission. The fire also seems to move differently, more slowly, in the context of the exhibition space, giving the terrifying something meditative. Claerbout mixes the loud with the quiet, joy with sorrow, movement with rigidity, or happening with non-happening.