Hernan Diaz Alonso
Greg Lynn Form
Cerith Wyn Evans
Transitory Objects is based on a seemingly simple concept: to present architectural objects together with works of art, many drawn from the collection of Thyssen- ornemisza Art Contemporary. Showing architectural objects alongside artworks or using techniques of presentation and mise-en-scene similar to those used for works of art is an established approach today, yet Transitory Objects also looks at some of the more complex issues raised by this phenomenon. Works by John Bock, Monica Bonvicini, Hernan Diaz Alonso / Xefirotarch, Ksenia Ender, Dan Flavin, Rodney Graham, Florian Hecker...
curated by Daniela Zyman and Johannes Porsch
Alisa Andrasek / BIOTHING, John Bock, Monica Bonvicini, Hernan Diaz Alonso / Xefirotarch, Ksenia Ender, Dan Flavin, Rodney Graham, Florian Hecker, Nikolaus Hirsch & Michel Müller in Collaboration with the Cybermohalla Ensemble, Greg Lynn FORM, David Maljković, László Moholy-Nagy, Olaf Nicolai, Neri Oxman / MATERIALECOLOGY, Manfred Pernice, Matthew Ritchie with Aranda\Lasch and Arup AGU, R&Sie(n) / François Roche and Stéphanie Lavaux, Bojan Šarčević, Fred Sandback, Francesca Woodman, Cerith Wyn Evans.
Transitory Objects is based on a seemingly simple concept: to present architectural objects together with works of art, many drawn from the collection of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary. Showing architectural objects alongside artworks or using techniques of presentation and mise-en-scène similar to those used for works of art is an established approach today, yet Transitory Objects also looks at some of the more complex issues raised by this phenomenon.
In past years Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary has acquired architectural objects as part of its collection of contemporary art, but more importantly, it has also produced and supported full-scale architectural projects within the experimental parameters and settings of art-related productions. In the context of projects such as The Morning Line, by Matthew Ritchie and Aranda\Lasch; Your black horizon Art Pavilion, by David Adjaye and Olafur Eliasson; or R&Sie (n)’s concept for thegardenofearthlydelights, “architecture” has shifted from its proper place of production and reception, as well as from its status as heteronomous object. This conceptual shift not only represents an effect specific to the art context but also retraces the processes and production logics of a contemporary “visual industry” that penetrates and interweaves all aspects of cultural production. Within this medial setting, architectural objects have become figures of display and exchange value, as well as protagonists in the scenario of aesthetic experience. Having assumed a market-oriented and institutional status, they circulate within the economy of art-world discourse and its complicity with the logic of the market.
Transitory Objects thus attempts to question the notion of the aesthetic in terms of an understanding of its conditions of autonomy and heteronomy, to look at the shift in the context and status of the architectural object as a reflection, analysis, and negotiation of a given cultural and sociopolitical state of affairs, which has to be considered as a premise of production within the “field of the aesthetic.” Faced with the interweaving of institutional and market- oriented logics in contemporary exhibitions, it examines how economies of symbolic value creation result from the layering of art and knowledge markets. Transitory Objects attempts to focus on the “experimental setting” of shifting disciplinary grounds and boundaries, its possibilities of critique, and its instrumental effects.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, with contributions by Sabeth Buchmann, Manuel De Landa, Helmut Draxler, Sebastian Egenhofer, Denis Hollier, Rosalind Krauss, Mark Wigley, et al. (224 pages, 56 ill., €19,80)
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Press and artists' presentation Thursday, July 2, 2009, 5.30 pm
with François Roche, Olaf Nicolai, Nikolaus Hirsch, Michel Müller, Cerith Wyn Evans, Florian Hecker, Francesca von Habsburg, Johannes Porsch (co-curator of the exhibition) and Daniela Zyman (chief curator T-B A21)
Opening: Thursday, July 2, 2009, 7 pm
Thyssen-Bornmisza Art Contemporary
Himmelpfortgasse 13, 1010 Vien
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12.00 pm to 6.00 pm
August: Wednesday to Saturday, 12.00 pm to 6.00 pm