Soleil Noir - Depression and Society: works by 18 international artists / Lucas Horvath: Piranesi lounge und Buzz-Buzz
Depression and Society
Artists: Maria Bussmann, Olga Chernysheva, Doris Frohnapfel, Dan Graham, Lynn Hershman, Maryam Jafri, Gulsun Karamustafa, Pawel Ksiazek, Anita Leisz, Maria Lieb, Gerd Loffler, Antje Majewski, Ioana Nemes, Fritz Rucker, Miroslav Tichý, Simon Wachsmuth, Ingrid Wildi, Otto Zitko (Circular Gallery)
Within the exhibition Soleil Noir the Salzburger Kunstverein investigates the connection between depression and society. People are increasingly complaining about "The Exhausted Self“ to quote a book title by french sociologist Alain Ehrenberg, who has been working on the theme, developement of the term and definition of depression.
The daily phenomenon of "burn out“, depression and the administration of anti-psychotic medication even for mild depressive moods can be described as a social process of "taking care of oneself“ which is delegated to each individual. The increasing emancipation of the subject of regulatory institutions, such as the family, political movements and the nation, leave a lot of empty spaces which can not simply be filled with the notion of "self-responsibility“.
Beyond the romantic idea of the artist as an exemplary sufferer, being especially productive in a melancholic condition, this exhibition should be an investigation into the correlation between society and the individual and the activation of the subjects in a neo-liberal society.
The Austrian painter Otto Zitko created a wall painting for the Circular Gallery, the work will be on view until end of 2006.
Curator's Talk: Tuesday, August 8, 2006, 7 p.m.
Opening speach: Hemma Schmutz, Director of Salzburger Kunstverein and curator of the exhibition
Piranesi lounge und Buzz-Buzz
The next show in the exhibition cabinet of the Salzburger Kunstverein is by Lucas Horvath and consists of a photo series from the long term project “Casa Modei" dealing with architecture in Rumania between 1967 and 1973. The work “Piranesi Lounge" focuses on a photographic examination of the former party academy in Bucharest, which today houses the faculty of journalism. The maze-like structure of the building’s lobby reflects the ideological and aesthetic ambivalence of these years. In the large-formatted photographs, passers-by and figures in the strangely formed rooms (which are similar to archaeological ruins) highlight the human permanence in pedagogical and university structures in the process of the change of ideological signs.
“Buzz-Buzz", the second part of the exhibition provides acoustic insights into research of Horvath’s further projects all of which deal with ideology, its aesthetic role in architecture, film, paedology, and fine arts and respective biographies by protagonists in these areas. Informants cross-refer fragmentary stories from the end points of modernity at the end of the world. The maze like structure of these narrations reflect the personal attitude of the artist towards the role of things worth knowing in the field of art: information can not serve as a teaching means in the art exhibition (information kitsch). Nevertheless, as Orson Welles said "It's all true“.
Opening speach: Cosmin Costinas, author und curator, Bucharest/Vienna
Press preview: Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 11 a.m.
Opening: Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 8 p.m.
The Klub - Part 6: Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 9 p.m.
Salzburger Kunstverein, Kunstlerhaus
Hellbrunner Strasse 3