A Distinct Effort

/installation, dresden, 2018

A Distinct Effort is the third chapter in the series of works by artist David Bergé. It centers on a collection of photographs taken in 1911 by Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (the future Le Corbusier) and August Klipstein, while on their “Voyage d’Orient”. During the last years of Ottoman Empire, the two Swiss art students traveled eastward and southward beyond Europe. They embarked on a trip in order to shape themselves, to learn from forms they encountered in places foreign to them – a voyage to formulate and ultimately define their modernity. In this work, David Bergé creates a narrative that extends our negotiation of foreign territories through the camera lens, creating an imagined conversation between the viewer and these three authors.

A Distinct Effort, 2017
installation by David Bergé
single screen slideshow synchronized with voice, 17 min, looped
1911 photos Charles-Édouard Jeanneret and August Klipstein
commissioned by Z33 at Atelier Bouwmeester, Galerie Ravenstein, Brussels
curator: Laura Herman
with the support of Z33 and Platform 0090
acknowledgment Fondation Le Corbusier

further presentation (2018, photo here):
Archiv der Avantgarden (AdA) at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD)
curator: Marcelo Rezende

ask David Bergé for preview link
david_berge [at] me [dot] com

related works
A Distinct Effort (installation), Brussels, 2018
Fragile City (book), 2015
The Voyage Piece (installation), Brussels, 2014