The Common Sense. Gilligan's work deals with what is perhaps the crucial issue of our times, namely how technology and the economy instrumentalize everyday interactions and human relations.
Casco, de Appel arts centre, and De Hallen Haarlem are collectively presenting The Common Sense, the largest project to date by the artist Melanie Gilligan who is based in New York. The production takes the form of a sci-fi mini-series that unfolds across the three institutions and was made possible by this unique collaboration among two presentation institutions and a museum – the first partnership of its kind in the Netherlands.
Independently of each other, Casco, de Appel arts centre and De Hallen Haarlem shared an interest in the work of Melanie Gilligan, an artist whose work has been shown and praised internationally, but who still remains relatively unknown in the Netherlands. Gilligan's work deals with what is perhaps the crucial issue of our times, namely how technology and the economy instrumentalize everyday interactions and human relations.
This experimental narrative drama, The Common Sense, tells a story of the future technology, 'The Patch', a sort of prosthesis which makes it possible to directly experience the physical sensations and feelings of another person. After a decade of transforming the conditions of work and social life, for the most part in accordance with economic demands, the technology’s networks suddenly fail causing massive disorientation.
The Common Sense will occur with different episodes shown in each space Casco will open with the initial episodes and background material while De Hallen Haarlem will host one of the parallel story lines on social unrest and de Appel will show societies return to order. The dates of the shows partially overlap with one another, so that for one weekend all three exhibitions are open simultaneously and will hold a bus tour to all three locations along with special events.
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL - Featuring The Common Sense by Melanie Gilligan
Affect is central to Up Close and Personal. Art has the ability to immediately touch the viewer, a sensation preceding language and thought. This affective power, which cannot easily be described, is increasingly fading into the background in these times dominated by technology, rationalism and efficiency. The artists in Up Close and Personal deal with the theme of 'affect' in various ways, and the intimate (wordless) dialogue between viewer and work takes centre stage.
Sven Augustijnen (BE)
Jo Baer (US)
Rosa Barba (IT)
Thierry De Cordier (BE)
Eamonn Harnett (NL)
David Hammons (US)
Dorota Jurczak (PL)
Hassan Khan (EG)
Meiro Koizumi (JP)
Steve McQueen (UK)
George Minne (BE)
Matt Stokes (UK)
Wolfgang Tillmans (DE)
Taocheng Wang (CN)
Image: Gert Jan van Rooij
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