The exhibition investigates the topic of language in contemporary art but at the point that it explodes, breaks down or becomes ecstatic. It is the place where we tell our stories and get lost in words. The fascination in the limits of language is a recurring theme as much in the history of aesthetics as it is a point of departure for many contemporary artists. The project explores the edges of spoken and written communication and the currency of storytelling. It brings together diverse concerns united by a common wonderment at how language grows, decays, makes sense and invents nonsense.
polyglot - a speaker of many languages
glossolalia - speaking in tongues.
The exhibition will investigate the topic of language in contemporary art but at the point that it explodes, breaks down or becomes ecstatic. It is the place where we tell our stories and get lost in words. The fascination in the limits of language is a recurring theme as much in the history of aesthetics as it is a point of departure for many contemporary artists. Polyglottolalia explores the edges of spoken and written communication and the currency of storytelling. It brings together diverse concerns united by a common wonderment at how language grows, decays, makes sense and invents nonsense.
Artists included in the exhibition Susan Hiller, Candice Breitz, Omer Fast, Erik Bünger, Johan Petri, Peter Rose, Marcus Gärde, Michael Klöpfer and Claude Horstmann.
(b. Johannesburg, SA, 1972, lives and works in Berlin)
Candice Breitz has exhibited extensively since the 1990s. Major solo
exhibitions have been presented at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (2008),
Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxemburg (2008) and White Cube London (2007). Her works are in the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Milwaukee Art Museum among others. Breitz holds degrees in both, art and art history and is currently Professor of Fine Art at the Braunschweig University of Art. In 2009 her work will be presented in the Power Plant in Toronto.
(b. Växjö, Sweden, 1976, lives and works in Berlin)
Erik Bünger holds an MA in Electroacoustic composition from Royal University College of Music in Stockholm and The Universität der Künste in Berlin. His videos and installations have been shown at Kulturhuset in Stockholm (2008), Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (2008) and at the Circulo de Bellas Artesi n Madrid, (2007). His performance work has also been shown widely including presentations at the Gothenburg Dance & Theater Festival (2008) and at The Lincoln Center in New York (2005). In 2003-2005 he created the web art project Let them sing it for you, comissioned by the swedish national radio, which so far has had over five million users all over the world.
(b. Jerusalem, 1972, lives and works in Berlin)
Omer Fast’s videos and installations have been screened in solo shows at Hannover Kunstverein (2008) Museum of Modern Art, Vienna (2007), and Indianapolis Museum of Art (2007). His work The Casting was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and his works are in many permanent collections including those of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Guggenheim, The Hamburger Bahnhof, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
(b.Stockholm 1977, lives and works in Stockholm)
Marcus Gärde is a typographer and cofounder of the design companies BachGärde and MaMadesign in Stockholm. His book The Way of Typography was published in 2007 and he has been a teacher at leading schools in Sweden for a number of years. Gärde is the recipient of many prizes including prizes from the European Design Awards (2008) and the KOLLA! awards Sweden (2008).
(b. Tallahassee, Florida, 1940, lives and works in London)
Susan Hiller has had numerous solo and group exhibitions from the 1970’s until today. Her work has been shown recently at the Berlin Biennial (2008), Matts Gallery London (2008), The Timothy Taylor Gallery London (2008). Her work psi Girls was shown the Tate Modern which also has four other works by the artist in their permanent collection. Major biographies and monographs about the artist have been written by Lucy Lippard, Roszika Parker, David Elliot and Catherine Lacey.
(born in Minden, Germany, 1960, lives and works in Stuttgart and Marseille)
C. Horstmann is an artist working on drawings/wall-drawings, installations and performances, often using language. Holding degrees both in art and art history, she has developed different ways to create and treat the texts that she works with". She has had recent solo exhibitions at art3 in Valence (2007) and at the Galerie OU in Marseille (2007). She has also appeared in group shows at the Galerie Laura Mars Grp. in Berlin (2008) and in the show "Re-cherche" in Stuttgart (2008). "Normalnull" (main sea level) was her most recent performance, shown at the Tresor-Raum Stuttgart (2008).
(b. Waiblingen, Germany, 1968, lives and works in Stockholm and Stuttgart)
On completing his studies at Folkwang Schule Essen in Germany Michael Klöpfer has shown his photographic work in exhibitions at Liljevalchs konsthall, Stockholm (2007), Raid Projects, Los Angeles (2007), and at the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart (2006). His works are represented in permanent collections of Staatgalerie Stuttgart, Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Köln, Kunstsammlung DZ Bank, Frankfurt. In 2007 he was an artist in residence at Raid Projects in Los Angeles.
(b. Arboga 1959 Lives and works in Stockholm)
Johan Petri works as a theatre director, dramaturge, composer, musician and producer, creating sound and stage art. His latest work includes a rendition of Matthias Spahlingers piece vorschläge (Tensta Artcenter 2009), video/music collaboration with Marjetica Potrc (Sao Paulo Biennale 2007), direction of Gertrude Stein play at Stockholm Stadsteater (2008). Since 1998 he has co-run Alice Music Produktion with Niklas Billström and has produced a huge range of recordings of music by such a varied selection of composers as John Cage, Steve Reich, Morton Feldman, Dror Feiler, Stig Larsson, Jörgen Gassilewski, Sten Sandell, Allgén, and a wide range of baroque music recordings. Petri regulaly collaborates, as a director, with Irondale Ensemble Project in Brooklyn/NYC.
(b. Philadelphia, 1947 lives and works in Philadelphia
Since 1968 Peter Rose has made close to forty films, videos, audios, and installations. His work has been screened extensively in almost a hundred solo screenings and numerous group exhibitions. Recent work has been shown at the 24th Hamburg International Short Film Festival (2008), the Antikenmuseum, Basel (2008) and at the Exis Experimental Video Festival, Seoul (2008.). His work is in the permanent collection of numerous museums worldwide, including the Centre Pompidou, Harvard University and the Australian National Film Archive.
Image: Susan Hiller
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