Eleonore de Montesquiou
The Tourist Syndrome
Artists: Isa Andreu (ES) / Timothy Moore (AU), Alex Auriema (USA), Federico Baronello (IT), Ursula Biemann (CH), Aslı Çavuşoğlu (TR), Raphaël Cuomo / Maria Iorio (CH), Carsten Does / Gerda Heck (DE), G-Lab (LT), Daniel Gontz (RO), Sandra Hetzl (DE), Bettina Hutschek (DE), J&K (DE/DK), Thomas Kilpper (DE), Sara Kolster / Suzanne Valkenburg / Eefje Blankevoort (NL), Emanuel Licha (CA), Ives Maes (BE), Plinio Avila Marquez (MX), Eléonore de Montesquiou (FR), Christoph Oertli (CH), Joanne Richardson (USA) / David Rych (AT), Romana Schmalisch (DE), Société Réaliste (FR/HU), Pilvi Takala (FI), Eugenio Tibaldi (IT), Oraib Toukan (USA/JO)
Curators: Marina Sorbello, Antje Weitzel
Over the past two years, the interdisciplinary project Transient Spaces – The Tourist Syndrome has been addressing current issues of mobility through workshops, seminars, lectures, artist-in-residence programmes and exhibitions in Italy, Lithuania, Romania and Germany. The themes examined by artists and cultural producers in the context of the project include tourism, migration and new forms of flexible living and being permanently on the move.
The exhibition in Berlin, taking place at NGBK and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien and concluding the two-year project initiated by Marina Sorbello and Antje Weitzel, offers a multifaceted parcours through the topics via a selection of 25 artistic positions.
The artists and groups involved come from seventeen countries, of which twelve are in Europe. In their works they make use of research, documentation, fiction, design, irony, invention and a wide variety of media. The exhibition also features projects produced within the Transient Spaces – The Tourist Syndrome residency and production grant scheme (by Alex Auriema, Isa Andreu / Timothy Moore, Carsten Does / Gerda Heck, Bettina Hutschek, Eléonore de Montesquiou, Joanne Richardson / David Rych, Romana Schmalisch, Eugenio Tibaldi). Parallel to the exhibition, the programme of events includes performances, discussions, and a film programme in cooperation with Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, Berlin.
Examples of artworks featured in the exhibition:
Ursula Biemann’s Sahara Chronicle, installed in Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, consists of a series of videos showing various aspects of the Sub-Saharan exodus towards Europe. Through maps, interviews and multimedia devices Biemann traces the geography and the logistics of the migratory movements across the Sahara and the interests lying behind them. The artist filmed the videos during a series of trips to Morocco, Niger and Mauritania. They include documentary material on Agadez – the capital of the Tuareg and hub of the current Sub-Saharan migratory routes – as well as on the coastal cities of Morocco, points of departure for boats going to Europe.
History, and how it is re-invented or staged in places such as Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, is the focus of the video-essay Red Tours shot by Joanne Richardson and David Rych in different museums and institutions in Lithuania, Czech Republic, Hungary, and in Berlin (shown at NGBK). In all these places, by selling "experiences" to schoolchildren, local visitors, and tourists, history is domesticated, simplified, and partly re-written according to the current, dominant ideology.
Ives Maes’ project Tourism is entirely fictive with a touch of irony and healthy cynicism: he plays with the "refugee aesthetic" of some fashion labels, but also with a certain morbidity and opportunism in the art world and, to use a Deleuzian term, its pretense of "nomadology". Tourism is part of Maes’ larger project Recyclable Refugee Camp, in which he plays with the trend to use the "camp" as metaphor for mobile architecture and lifestyle, but also with the norms and prescriptions of the UNHCR (the UN refugee agency) in an attempt – ironic of course – to produce a "100% ethically correct piece of art". The work is exhibited at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien.
04. – 05.09.2010, 16:00–23:00
Film programme with films by: Christian von Borries (DE), Raphaël Cuomo / Maria Iorio (CH), Sandra Hetzl (DE), Christoph Oertli (CH), Maxim Pozdorovkin / Joe Bender (UK), Paul Rowley / Nicky Gogan (IE), Marie Voignier (FR)
Curators film programme: Tobias Hering, Marina Sorbello, Antje Weitzel
The book on the project is published by argobooks, Berlin, www.argobooks.de
Main Organizer: uqbar, Berlin
Co-organizer: Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin;
E-M Arts, Napoli; CIAC/ICCA, București; Meno Parkas, Kaunas
Funded with support from: European Commission, Culture Programme; Foundation of German Lottery Berlin; Italienisches Kulturinstitut Berlin; Österreichisches Kulturforum Berlin; Pro Helvetia
Partners Berlin: Ballhaus Naunynstrasse; Collegium Hungaricum Berlin; Fonds BKVB Amsterdam
Media Partner: cura.magazine; Jungle World; zitty Berlin
Image: Marie Voignier, Hinterland, 2009, 49'
Benita Piechaczek, email@example.com, ++49 (0)30 6165133
Opening: 27 August 2010, 19:00
press preview on Friday 27 August 2010 at 11 am at NGBK
Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Oranienstrasse 25, 10999 Berlin, http://www.ngbk.de
Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin, http://www.kunstraumkreuzberg.de
Venue film programme: Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, Naunynstr. 27, 10997 Berlin, http://www.ballhausnaunynstrasse.de
Daily, 12:00 – 19:00, Thur – Sa 12:00–20:00