News from Nowhere: Zurich Laboratory
The Korean artists developed the idea of a mobile agora that also underlies the exhibition architecture, in collaboration with Urban-Think Tank: "News from Nowhere: Zurich Laboratory". Contemporary: Collection on Display - Experimental Arrangements.
Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho
Heike Munder, (director, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst)
Featuring artworks by:
Future Cities Laboratory/Lehrstuhl für Informationsarchitektur, ETH Zürich (Gerhard Schmitt, Lukas Treyer, Danielle Griego, Denise Weber, Artem Chirkin, Estefania Tapias) Toyo Ito JUNG Kuho MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho.
The Korean artists MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho create works that address elemental questions concerning contemporary civilization in light of political, socioeconomic, and ecological changes. The exhibition project News from Nowhere, which they jointly initiated in 2012, is premised on a post-apocalyptic scenario: humanity has been wiped out almost entirely and is forced to reconsider long-held convictions that may no longer be tenable.
The project is designed as a steadily evolving ensemble; earlier iterations were presented in Kassel (documenta 13) and Chicago. For their exhibition in Zurich, MOON & JEON collaborate with the team of Urban-Think Tank (ETH Zurich), a leading think tank for urban design and sustainable and social architecture. With the artists, they developed the idea of a mobile agora that also underlies the exhibition architecture.
The design is based on the agora of classical antiquity, which was not only an important place of assembly, but also served to constitute community and identity. Movable tribunes for the spectators transform the gallery space into a scene of interaction. A wheeled instrument based on a bicycle was developed in collaboration with sound artists. It recorded and processed sounds and pictures of the city of Zurich and extends the installation beyond the museum’s walls, connecting Zurich to cities around the world. Other partners in the exhibition and its engagement with questions of space are the Future Cities Laboratory and the Chair of Information Architecture at ETH Zurich, where scientists trained in arange of disciplines study ways to secure a sustainable future for cities. In 2014, they launched an online seminar ("Massive Open Online Course"), that is freely accessible at no charge; its purpose is to share and discuss the researchers' findings with interested students worldwide.
A companion book including contributions by Joe Jeong Hwan, Heike Munder, Tobias Peper, and Urban-Think Tank (Alfredo Brillembourg, Hubert Klumpner, Daniel Schwartz) will be published by JRP|Ringier.
With generous support from the Korea Foundation Culture and Arts Support Program (2015)
Collection on Display
Featuring artworks by:
Mark Dion, Maria Eichhorn, VALIE EXPORT, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Raphael Hefti, Mai-Thu Perret, Hito Steyerl, Victor Vasarely, Peter Weibel, Cathy Wilkes
The exhibition format Collection on Display showcases selected works from the collection of the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst.
Titled Experimental Arrangements, the new installation gathers works that are designed as test assemblies or (pseudo-scientific) experiments, or visualize and contemplate the production and classification of knowledge. Artistic practices work with, and reflect on, new scientific insight, technological progress, the characteristics of highly specialized materials, as well as man’s double role as an object as study and researcher.
Many of the works on display focus on the significance of the (mimetic) image as a form of exposition and the question of the (re)presentation or (re)interpretation of "existing" utopias. All works are recent acquisitions and on view in the museum for the first time. The arrangement of exhibits from the collection thus becomes an experimental setup that generates a narrative or brings certain perspectives into focus.
Image: Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho
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Opening 28.08.2015, 6-9 p.m. followed by summer party
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