View of “Christian Mayer,” 2012–13.

View of “Christian Mayer,” 2012–13.

Christian Mayer

Galerie Mezzanin

View of “Christian Mayer,” 2012–13.

What the golden records launched into the unknown with the Voyager spacecraft in 1977 have in common with Andy Warhol’s cardboard boxes of ephemera is that they exemplify the mid-twentieth-century craze for the time capsule. No foundation could be laid, no international exposition opened, without some message being left for the future. Christian Mayer’s exhibition “prezjnt” (present, in the sense of now) was an exploration of the category of the time capsule through various media—video, photography, collage, and sculpture. In this work, the artist stands in the midst of an ongoing flow of history and stories, examining the mechanism of memory and the classification and preservation of threatened information.

Mayer has divided his research into four bodies of work. “Putting in time” (all works 2012) means searching flea markets and collections for press photos from the archives

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