Global Dustbowl Ballads
Grupo de Arte Callejero
Theoretisches Fernsehen feat.
...Of all things. Subject Relations, Political Militancy and Artistic Procedures. The exhibition unites about 20 different artistic contributions from the USA, Argentina and Europe, whereby the guest-curators consciously also draw on historical positions as reference material. The entire exhibition is integrated in a theater situation with the exhibition architecture as backdrop.
...OF ALL THINGS
Subject Relations, Political Militancy and Artistic Procedures
Works by Gerd Arntz Â· Linda Bilda Â· Katja Eydel Â· Freies Fach Â· GÃ©rard Fromanger Â· Global Dustbowl Ballads Â· Grupo de Arte Callejero Â· Imma Harms Â· Thomas Kilpper Â· Ulrike MÃ¼ller (J.U.P.) Â· Charlotte Posenenske Â· P.S.P.I. Â· Yvonne Rainer Â· Christoph SchÃ¤fer Â·
Patricia Reschenbach (J.U.P.) Â· Dierk Schmidt Â· Theoretisches Fernsehen feat. Judith Hopf Â· Seth Tobocman Â· Ultra-red Â· Klaus Weber
Guest-Curators: Alice Creischer, Andreas Siekmann
Exhibition Production: Hemma Schmutz
With the first exhibition each year, the Generali Foundation offers an experimental forum, thus continuing the series of collaborations with young artists. For 2002 the two artists and writers Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmann (Berlin, Germany) have been invited to develop an exhibition concept. Beyond the obligations of topicality, the exhibition is intended to fundamentally address the theme of "militancy" in terms of its historical and artistic modes.
The exhibition unites about 20 different artistic contributions from the USA, Argentinia and Europe, whereby the guest-curators consciously also draw on historical positions as reference material. The entire exhibition is integrated in a theater situation with the exhibition architecture as backdrop.
As we were thinking about an exhibition on the theme of militancy, we did so against the background of international protests against the politics of the WTO, the IMF and the G8 summits. In any case, this was before an understanding for political militancy threatened to become caught between the grinding stones of terror and state counter-terror. After a period of reflection, however, particularly the latter strengthened our resolve to carry out our plans.
In our opinion, militancy is not located outside bourgeois society. It has been inherent to it ever since the French Revolution flowed into the call "enrich yourselves". Yet the "Manifestos of Equals" that followed refer to the same emancipatory ideas. What traces does this ambiguity of bourgeois freedom leave in bourgeois subjectivity and its artistic expressions? How have artists worked on this, how is their self-understanding linked with a political history of militancy, and what has changed in this now?
The terms "art and militancy" cannot be pitted against one another along the lines of "here the illusion and there the reality". Nor can they be subordinated in the sense of "here the means to a political end". Instead, it seems in both cases to be a matter of a form of performance or demonstration that is conjoined with the important presumption of publicly acting or articulating on behalf of others.
The exhibition does not claim to supply a kind of global phenomenology on the theme of militancy. It can only remain a one-sided - a very biased - sketch.
(Alice Creischer, Andreas Siekmann)
Violence is at the Margin of all Things
Publication edited by Sabine Breitwieser, for the Generali Foundation, Vienna.
Foreword by Dietrich Karner, essays by Alice Creischer, Andreas Siekmann and various artists from the exhibition. Softcover, German/English, app. 140 pages, numerous color- and b&w-illustrations. Published in March 2002.
Press Conference: January 16, 10.30 am
Opening Reception: January 16, 7.00 pm
Exhibition period: January 17 through April 21, 2002
Tuesday to Sunday 11 am to 6 pm, Thursdays, till 8 pm
Open on holiday April 1, 2002
Regular Euro 6 (ATS 82,56) / reduced Euro 4,5 (ATS 61,92)
Group rate (from 3 pers.) Euro 4,5 (ATS 61,92), children up to the age of 12, free
Guided tours, admission plus Euro 2 (ATS 27,52)
Generali Foundation Card Euro 18 (ATS 247,69) / Euro 13,5 (ATS 206,40), valid 12 months
Press office: Waltraud Pierini-Haas
(+43 1) 504 98 80 - 24
Every Tuesday and Thursday, 3 pm
Yvonne Rainer "Journeys from Berlin/1971" (125 min.)
Thursday, January 17, 2002, 7 pm
Exhibition talk with Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmann, guest-curators
Performance Theoretisches Fernsehen
Thursday, February 14, 2002, 7 pm
Exhibition talk with Helmut Draxler
Art historian, lecturer Merz-Akademie, Stuttgart/Germany
Thursday, March 7, 2002, 7 pm
"Violence is at the Margin of all Things"
Thursday, April 11, 2002, 7 pm
"Situationists and others ..." New production as reading play for 3 men and 6 voices
Wiedner HauptstraÃŸe 15
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