Olinda-Celeste by Lucia Koch

BOMB 102 Winter 2008
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Still from Olinda-Celeste, 2005, animation, 5 minutes 25 seconds. Courtesy of the artist.

Koch’s photomontages that recombine images of facade tiles are a good example of the way in which the problems are faced: the animation Olinda-Celeste (a collaboration with the Peruvian artist Gabriel Acevedo Velarde), based on pictures of tiles found at the historical city of Olinda, simulates a camera moving along them in an apparently predictable way. But the alleged camera’s movements don’t converge on a logical axis. On the contrary, we perceive the surface as discontinuous: backtracking, for instance, takes us not back to what we had just seen but to an unfamiliar pattern. And the patterns that were visible in a certain area a moment ago reappear in unlikely places. We find ourselves frustrated for the lack of a narrative sense in the animation.


— from BOMB ’s Artists on Artists feature on Lucia Koch by Mário RamiroWinter 2008, issue #102

Lucia Koch, Olinda Celeste, 2005 from Christopher Grimes Gallery on Vimeo.

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