Bjørn Erik Haugen
Raqs Media Collective
Marilena Preda Sanc
VI Edition. As soon as we are born, fear becomes an essential part of our lives. The artists will explore the double meaning of the word apprehension, the fear or anxiety that something bad might happen and in the sense of comprehension. With works of international artists, performances and a panel discussion.
As soon as we are born, fear becomes an essential part of our lives. A mild persecution complex develops. Fear is induced through certain events, by the people around us, through their actions and knowledge, be it warranted or not, conscious or unconscious.
Freud explained in Civilization and Its Discontents that we have an unconscious need for punishment, which is an `instinctual manifestation on the part of the ego, which has become masochistic under the influence of the sadistic super-ego’. Before we try to defeat any external oppressive power, we must examine ourselves.
The inherent need for punishment, the thought that we deserve what we get, has to be considered. Freud goes on to say that this inherent need for punishment `is a portion, that is to say, of the instinct toward internal destruction present in the [unconscious] ego, employed for forming an erotic attachment to the super-ego’. We create pleasure out of received aggression to deal with the cruel super-ego.
The super-ego’s self-aggression stems from our incapacity, as infants, to fully externalize our biological aggression, so parts of this aggression turn into self-aggression. So, it seems, for us to be able to abolish any form of punitive power, first we must, in some measure, destroy ourselves or come to terms with the masochistic and sadistic parts of our psyche. This is no simple task. It is easier to accept and submit to certain constructs than to abolish them. Getting to a state of being able to raise the questions which generate progress is an extensive endeavor, but interrogation is the most powerful and effective tool any- one has ever had at their disposal to evolve.
Excerpt from the curatorial text of Bucharest Biennale 6 by Gergő Horváth.
A panel discussion on how fear and its component parts combine to form with Gergő Horváth (curator of BB6), Adrian Dan (artist), Erwin Wurm (artist), János Sugár (artist), Filip Gilissen (artist), Jan Kaila (artist, professor at Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinky), Carlos Aires (artist), Liviana Dan (interimary director of MNAC). Moderated by Răzvan Ion & Eugen Rădescu (professors at University of Bucharest).
MAY 22, 2014
PRESS CONFERENCE @ Intercontinental Hotel, in the presence of the artists, the curator, the director and the founders.
On road PERFORMANCE by Cezar Lăzărescu & 1+1 (RO)
GRAMATIK OF FEAR
@University of Arts, Bucharest (Calea Griviței 28), Amphitheatre
13.00 – 19.00
The biennial exhibition will be open for press and professionals.
Live PERFORMANCE by Dromedar (NO) @ Control Club
(Constantin Mille 4)
GRAND OPENING PARTY with DJ set by Bogman.
@Club Control powered by Reforma (www.re-forma.ro)
As archaic use of fear was defined as a mixed feeling of dread and reverence. Dread is today defined as great fear or apprehension. Reverence as deep respect for someone or something. There is a paradox in mainstream Christianity, for example, which is presented as a religion of love, but which alienates with its dogmas and backs up fears of the temporal world with threats of Hellfire to come. It is tyrannies not democracies which thrive on the politics of fear. At the same time tyrannies does not mean also violence. Means very respectful fear. A fear which you believe is good because will protect you from evil. Fear has a stronger biochemical component than some other emotions, and there is little to be done by reason if really strong fear takes hold. The participants will explore the double meaning of the word apprehension, the fear or anxiety that something bad might happen and in the sense of comprehension.
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Opening 22 May from 11 to 23. Invitation only.
Pavillon center: Universitatea Nationala de Arte, Calea Grivitei Nr. 28
Ticket: 5 Euro. Merc–Ven 13.00 – 19.00, Sâb e Dom 15.00-19.00