Andrew Hurle, Wolf von Kries, Paulette Phillips, Gavin Wade. The exhibition raises questions about the way one spends time, the parameters by which we judge its value and the exchange that is generated in this process.
Andrew Hurle, Wolf von Kries, Paulette Phillips, Gavin Wade
The title of this exhibition was raised from considerations on the logic of exchange: When the time dedicated to making a living is spent in such a way that it can only be characterized as dying, we find ourselves in a condition of deadlock: by making a living we win time which we immediately lose again as we have to spend it on making the living. Consequently the exhibition raises questions about the way one spends time, the parameters by which we judge its value and the exchange that is generated in this process. Continuing this train of thought we wild like to discuss these issues as questions of experimental economies.
Is life itself a logic of exchange? And if - then, an exchange between who?
Do we have to give in order to gain life, or can we simply live?
Is the law of exchange decided by God or by Capitalism?
Is there an escape from this law?
We will have no conclusive answers to these questions but we have gathered the following positions that we consider helpful to negotiate them.
The economy of Transformation "...risk it all, you will fall and rise again"
Gavin Wade presents "Life Cycle" of the artist as a transforming and transformative being, compelled by economic, aesthetic and social forces to switch modes of production and engagement. In Wade's own lifecycle he is currently an artist-curator. Accompanying the graphic cycle Wade sings a version of his ongoing "Transformation Song" that tells of great warriors who fall and rise again.
The economy of Behaviour
The two video-works, "It's about how people judge appearance." and "Crosstalk" by Paulette Phillips are referring to erratic behavior, physical manner and unreasonable reactions. The word crosstalk is a term applied to the communication that organisms engage in when they are in distress. In the installation, a "disturbance" has been extracted from the scene, and we are left with the space between - as we join in a circle and watch the invisible event we are caught staring at our voyeurism, ours and the people staring at the trauma, or disturbance.
Opening on Friday March the 11. from 7 PM
Torstrasse 161 - Berlin Mitte
Wed-Fri 4-7pm, Sat 2-6pm