The "room of the night" brings one back to essential perception
of the moment, opening a space inside the viewer and organising
systematic emptiness. The complexity of Tuerlinckx's work
is created by a total suspension of the perceivable world.
The created image of the night becomes more real than reality.
Her work does not force the world out, but tries to displace
our perception of it. The viewer is invited to think about
his or her position inside the work. The space places the
presence of an individual on the verge of absence. The emptiness
is, first and foremost, a space of receptivity, an open gap
that art makes visible. "An exhibition", the artist reminds
us, "is always an occasion to exercise part of an activity".
This activity concerns human action. "When I say action",
she explains, "I mean the totality of the constructive and
destructive gestures of humanity as a whole. Empty spaces
have the capacity of resurrecting a part of humanity; an exhibition
is a way to recount it in visible form." At Manifesta 3 the
artist presents CombiNight. "… a block of another place will
be placed in Ljubljana's park on the door there will be ENTER
THE ROOM OF THE NIGHT an island of night
or how to, from the day, see the night"