Laercio Redondo, Birger Lipinski New Art Forum article on 'The Phantom Collection'

23 Nov 2021

From Plato’s cave to the phantasmagoric semblance of the commodity, shadows and reflections have a long history of serving as epistemological or ideological metaphors. Accordingly, the immersive installation The Phantom Collection, 2021, the first coauthored work by longtime collaborators Birger Lipinski and Laercio Redondo, confronts visitors entering the Södertälje Konsthall not with the vast array of Swedish design objects that constitute the titular “collection,” but rather with a succession of screens on which play out a scintillating theater of translucent silhouettes and colorful refractions. Only after the viewer has circled around the screens does it become clear that the images are projections of backlit glass and ceramic pots, carafes and vases, resting on shelves or revolving plates. By then, it is too late; the objects’ physical embodiments cannot be separated from the initial visual impact of their kaleidoscopic dispersal.