The Suspended Moment is a travelling exhibition that shows a selection of works from the H+F Collection. The exhibition has been put together by Hilde Teerlinck (former director of the CRAC Alsace, now director of the FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais), in collaboration with Han Nefkens. The exhibition is inspired by the question: ‘What would happen if we could stop the clock for a moment?’
When asked about her motivation in creating this exhibition, Hilde Teerlinck wrote:
‘The publication Girlfriend in a coma by Douglas Copeland is one of the books that has given me inspiration for this intuitive and very personal choice of works from the H+F Collection. It may suffice to list the titles of a few of the chapters:
+ If it sleeps it’s alive
+ Thinking about the future means you want something
+ Earthly sadness
+ Even more real than you
+ The future and the afterlife are different things altogether
+ One day you will speak with yourself
+ Destiny is corny
+ The future is more extreme than you think
+ Dreaming even though you’re wide awake
It immediately reminds me of Eyes Wide Shut, Stanley Kubrick’s last film, as the title The Suspended Moment flirts with a similar contradiction. It tells us about tension, about suspense (as in cinema), but confronts this emotion, this thrill, with the instantaneousness and the transience of a moment.
I belong to a generation whose everyday life is increasingly dominated by an even more hectic pace. Morning to evening our agendas force us into a straitjacket. Routine is everywhere. Breaks and moments of relaxation are fewer and further between. We are constantly bombarded by an overdose of images, information and impressions, claiming our complete attention. Hence I asked myself this question: “What would happen if we could stop the clock for a moment?” In my opinion, this selection from the H+F Collection offers a unique opportunity to make this happen.'
The Suspended Moment, a French-English-German-Dutch catalogue with texts by Hilde Teerlinck, Hilde van Gelder, Alex de Vries and Pascale Saarbach.
The catalogue is distributed by IDEA books, where it can be ordered by your bookshop.