Jonathan Kunz

Don’t Dream
It’s Over

February 2018

I appointed my students to pick out their favourite song from the 80s. The one that awakes pictures in their heads whenever it starts to play.

Then the students had to express these pictures verbally and graphically. Eventually they had to tell the story in 48 panels and silkscreen a large one-colour-poster. 
In cooperation with the Saarland-museum the students presented their work in a live-reading as well as in an exhibition at the Schloßkirche, Saarbrücken. Each panel was projected on a large canvas at the far end of the church and the students lead through their stories while each song was played loudly. 

Text:  Mr. Palomar; Italo Calvino
Image: Karl Blossfeldt; Urformen der Kunst

Then, if you consider the breadth of the wave, parallel to the shore, it is hard to decide where the advancing front extends regularly and where it is separated and segmented into independent waves, distinguished by their speed, shape, force, direction.

In other words, you cannot observe a wave without bearing in mind the complex features that concur in shaping it and the other, equally complex ones that the wave itself originates.

April 2017

These aspects vary constantly, so each wave is different from another wave, even if not immediately adjacent or successive; in other words, there are some forms and sequences that are repeated, though irregularly distributed in space and time.
Since what Mr. Palomar means to do at this moment is simply see a wave — that is, to perceive all its simultaneous components without overlooking any of them — his gaze will dwell on the movement of the wave that strikes the shore until it can record aspects not previously perceived; as soon as he notices that the images are being repeated, he will know he has seen everything he wanted to see and he will be able to stop.