Exhibition opening

ars viva 09/10 - Geschichte / History
Collection

12.06.2010, 18:00

 

ARS VIVA 09/10 – GESCHICHTE / HISTORY:

Mariana Castillo Deball

Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda

Dani Gal

 

In a time of increasing media dominance even the most up-to-date things rapidly become outmoded. In this context, the preoccupation with history appears to offer a possibility to pause and slow down. This year the renowned ars viva exhibition, organised by the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft, awarded prizes to Mariana Castillo Deball (*1975 Mexiko), Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda (*1976 USA and 1977 Japan, respectively) and Dani Gal (*1975, Israel), artists who have converged anew on the term “history”, accommodating societal developments not purely attributed to confusing and increasingly rapid forums of communication.

 

COLLECTION:

Spartacus Chetwynd

Gustav Metzger

Katharina Sieverding


This collection presentation emphasizes on its space-filling, performative installations. For the performance of The Fall of Man, A Puppet Extravaganza, first shown at the Tate Triennial in 2006, Spartacus Chetwynd (*1973 GB) constructed a complex stage installation. Chetwynd not only reconstructs and deconstructs elements of theatrical history, but takes the virtual representation of power and culture as her theme. Gustav Metzger's (*1926 D) kaleidoscopic Liquid Crystal Environment (1965–1998) was premièred as a psychedelic stage set at a rock concert by The Who in 1966. Katharina Sieverding’s (*1945 Czech Republic) work Transformer (1973–74) circles around the complex and multi-layered question of individual identity and its relation to existing social structures.

 

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