11 Jan, 2023
Nachtluftschlösser examines the construction of thoughts and realities as well the perception of hidden dimensions through images, installations and projections at night. The inspiration was a vivid nightmare: In the dream, I found myself inside a curious home when the walls suddenly became transparent. As I walked through them to the outside, I entered another dimension where nothing else existed. There, only the translucent outline of the building was still visible, glowing like a hologram. I feared: if I lost sight of this house, would everything I know cease to exist? I set out to reconstruct this haunting yet elusive experience of the dream. Starting off with the creation of simple cubic forms, the complexity of the process grew with multiple (re-)construction steps and different techniques such as analogue photography, models and collages, as well as projections and installations. The project thus interweaves multiple layers: 2- and 3-dimensionality, light and darkness, illusion and reality. The holographic house becomes a metaphor for the mind, a complex system of interconnected building blocks, both concrete and fleeting. Is the world we know like a house, solely constructed by our minds? And can we look through the walls of reality?
Dora Lionstone (*1986, Potsdam, DE) is a visual artist and photographer who graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2020 with a BA in Photography and has previously worked as a Software Engineer in Germany with an Msc in Media Informatics. Her works have been exhibited internationally, for example at FOAM Amsterdam, in Arles and Cadaqués. She is a FRESH EYES European Talent 2021, a Runner-up of the OD Photo Prize 2022 and recipient of the Mondriaan Artist Start Grant for 2022. She is based in Amsterdam, NL. Her work is driven by a fascination for ambiguity, logic and the surreal. Influenced by her background in software engineering, Lionstone sees the image as a system that can be cracked, taken apart and reassembled differently. This continuous (re-)construction of reality is explored by the artist’s use of collages and other image transformations. Her process involves a combination of various techniques such as analog photography, digital manipulation and animation next to the creation of objects, installations and text. By using multiple methods and points of view, she aims to extend the boundaries of the rigid binary world, merging fact and fiction, science and art.