St. Gallen

David Claerbout

Kunstmuseum St. Gallen

What if one could freeze a moment in time—or, more precisely, slow it down until its motion became almost ungraspable? And what if one could then freely move around in space within that frozen moment, so that one could closely observe each detail from all possible angles? This is what David Claerbout seems to visualize in the two works that frame his exhibition “After the Quiet.” His first solo museum show in Switzerland, curated by Konrad Bitterli, starts with The Algiers’ Sections of a Happy Moment, 2008, a digital slide show that develops a principle already probed in the previous Sections of a Happy Moment, 2007, not on view here, and Arena, 2007, the last work in the show. The Algiers’ Sections depicts an improvised football field on a rooftop of Algiers’s Kasbah with open view to the Mediterranean, where boys, watched by elderly men, gather for a football match. The action is

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