Pony Project is proud to present Away, Away and Spiraling in, Matti Isan Blind’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Blind was born in 1975 in Busan, Republic of Korea. He graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design in London in 2002. He currently lives and works in Berlin.

The world is full of agency. Human beings are agents, in the traditional voluntarist sense delineated within the representational idiom, and in other ways besides; but so is nature the material world is continually acting, too. Think of the weather, bubble chambers, machine tools, TV sets, atomic bombs. All of these, are agents continually acting and performing in ways that are not all reducible to naked human agency*.

Specially prepared for Pony Project, Blind’s installation includes a set of works challenging notions of time, motion, space, physical presence and language. Matti Isan Blind has often placed his works within the philosophical framework of performativity, which examines elements of communication, action, behavior and gestures. For him every identity is a construct, which needs to be continually reprocessed.

Throughout his practice he has conceived his exhibitions not as a collection of objects but as part of a scripted space, where a series of events unfold. For the light installation shown in Pony Project the artist has written an algorithm, a mathematical automaton, to synchronize the behavior of the lamps – switching on and off, the lamps create an intriguing silent orchestra. They interact with each other. The system seems to be self-sufficient, existing on its own terms and without approval or recognition of the environment around it. In counterbalance, the work “Stolen Identities” – a round mirror rotates very slowly to reflect the viewers’ perspective. The reflection – taken without permission – involuntarily involves the viewer in the creation process.

Matti Isan Blind works are more than just objects. The artist questions their performative value and refers to the Actor-Network-Theory by Bruno Latour, in which the philosopher argues that the humanities should also include the role of non-human entities, and the way that these resist, allow, deny or assist the course of every day events, non-human entities, therefore, are actors. Tracing associations, then, gives the viewers a wide range of material from which to draw a narrative to explore a particular phenomenon.

* Andy Pickering, After Representation: Science Studies in the Performative Idiom, PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association Vol. 1994, Volume Two: Symposia and Invited Papers (1994), pp. 413-419.


Matti Isan Blind, Away, Away and Spiraling In, Pony Project Gallery

Matti Isan Blind, Stolen Identities, 2013, mirror, motor, aluminum, steel

Selected Exhibitions



Silent Provider Et Al., Absolute Space, Tainan, Taiwan

Residency @ Art Square Tainan, Taiwan

Art Beijing with Star Gallery, Beijing, China

Uneasy Trip in Asia, Star Gallery, Beijing, China



Fas Publication / Collage. compiled by Laura Mansfield, London, Great Britain

Matti Isan Blind + Vanessa Farfan, Greusslich Contemporary, Berlin

Cacotopia, Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester, Great Britain

Summershow, Griffin’s, Berlin, Germany

Die Letzte Metro, Galerie Metro, Berlin, Germany

View, Corner, Head, IT Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Hearing Silences, Peckham Pavillion, Venice, Italy

Ein Hut, ein Stock, ein Regenschirm…, Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer, Munich, Germany



Pitch, BaumgartenBrandt, Berlin, Germany

Laboratory, Uferhallen, Berlin, Germany

Line, Plane, Time, ratskeller, Galerie fur zeitgenoessische Kunst, Berlin, Germany

Corner Slash, Gerichtstrasse 52a, Berlin, Germany



Herbei ein Licht! Lismore Castle Arts: St Carthage Hall

Chapel Street, Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland

New Narrative (Matti Isan Blind, John Bock, Christoph Draeger, Claire Hooper, Hilary Koob-Sassen, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Oswaldo Macia), DAC, Taipei, Taiwan

BORN AFTER 1924 (with Gregor Schneider, Kurt Schwitters, Tim Noble & Sue Webster a.o.) – Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK



Fischgraetenmelkstand, Temporaere Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany

Fensterfront, Westgermany, Berlin

Kunstwasser, group Show, Barcelona, Spain

Rescue Break,  The Forgotten Bar, Berlin, Germany

The Cabinet of Dr.C, Bar 25, Berlin, Germany



Out Of Wedding, Uferhallen, Berlin, Germany

PILOTENTEXT, The Forgotten Bar, Berlin, Germany



FEINT magazine, collaborative artist magazine by Paul McDevitt, Dublin, Ireland

Freunde und Bekannte, Sparwasser HQ, Berlin, Germany



Wechsel der Zustände,   Zustand, Berlin, Germany

Emergency Room, PS1, New York, USA

You Know The World, Sparwasser HQ, Berlin, Germany

Pimp My Walls, Raum 3, Berlin, Germany

Alte Muehle, Bern, Switzerland



5th Berlin Bienniale, Off Soledad, Brix, Berlin, Germany

Satellite Project of 4th Berlin Bienniale – Of Mice and Men, Germany

Emergency Room,  Galerie Olaf Stueber, Berlin, Germany



Polyphonia, Jetty Barracks Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

Knocked About!, West Germany, Berlin, Germany



Almost Nothing, London,  The Centre of Attention, London, Great Britain



Real Presence, Museum 25th May, Belgrade, Serbia

Einblicke,  Haus der Kunst, Munich , Germany



Say something to the Audience, Akademiegalerie Muenchen, Munich, Germany

TransEuropeExpress, 291 Gallery, London, Great Britain



Location, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, Great Britain

1. London Biennial, London, 2000-2001, Great Britain

Showcase, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, Great Britain