The Collective Unconsciousness

 

What happens when everyday events take even the prophets of doom by surprise? Hard times indeed! Even in Albrecht Dürer’s time the impetus to modernise, to leave the Middle Ages behind and enter the Renaissance, had a disturbing feeling about it. And today? Our perception is moulded by the flood of media images that stir up a deep-seated fear of change in our traditional lifestyle. But recent events have wrought dramatic changes in the way we feel angst. Digitalised angst assails us at ever increasing speed. Fuelled by the media, fears of recession, mad cow disease and the events of 11 September follow each other, inextricably linked on the projection screen of our collective unconsciousness. But how is the social construction between individual and collective action? An example is the consolation of religion respectively its substitutes as a sign of proper incapacity of action.

 

Curated by Heike Munder

List of works

Absalon: Cellule No. 2 (habitable)

Absalon

Cellule No. 2 (habitable)
1992 - 1993
Wood, fabric, cardboard, glas, sanitary installations, plaster
240 x 432 x 250 cm

Luchezar Boyadjiev: Treat of the Unknown

Luchezar Boyadjiev

Treat of the Unknown
2002
Digital print, wooden stair, hole in the wall

Anne-Lise Coste: Ohne Titel

Anne-Lise Coste

Ohne Titel
2002
Marker, acrylic, glue, silver color and collage (pages from magazines) on paper
32 parts: each 64 x 47 cm

Hanne Darboven: Welttheater

Hanne Darboven

Welttheater
1979
Offset print
366 parts: each 21 x 29.7 cm

Berta Fischer: Untitled

Berta Fischer

Untitled
2002
Polyethylen foil, paint spray

Veli Granö

The Path to the Quays House
2000 - 2001
Single-channel video
10 min.

Veli Granö: My Baby was taken to Sirius

Veli Granö

My Baby was taken to Sirius
2001
Single-channel video
2 min.

Fabrice Gygi: Bureau de vote

Fabrice Gygi

Bureau de vote
2001
Galvanized steel, wood, cover, Perspex
Dimensions variable

Mathilde ter Heijne: 1, 2, 3, ...10, wie niet weg is, is gezien

Mathilde ter Heijne

1, 2, 3, ...10, wie niet weg is, is gezien
2000
10 radios, 10 CD players, 1 central control unit
Ca. 70 x 220 x 200 cm

Katharina Jahnke: Narotic Nights

Katharina Jahnke

Narotic Nights
2002
Cloth, text

Anna Jermolaewa: 3‘ Überlebensversuche

Anna Jermolaewa

3‘ Überlebensversuche
unknown
Single-channel video
3 min.

Kerstin Kartscher: Ice Skater

Kerstin Kartscher

Ice Skater
2001
Hybrid and pigment marker on paper
151 x 328 cm

Maria Marshall: Don’t let the T-Rex get the children

Maria Marshall

Don’t let the T-Rex get the children
1999
Single-channel-video

Katya Sander: Shadows

Katya Sander

Shadows
2002
Slide show, transparent canvas, wood
Dimensions variable

Visitors Address
Limmatstrasse 270
CH–8005 Zurich
Visiting Information

Postal Address
Postfach 1766
CH–8031 Zurich
Tel +41 44 277 20 50
Fax +41 44 277 62 86
info(at)migrosmuseum.ch

Opening hours
Tue/Wed/Fri 11 am–6 pm

Thu 11 am–8 pm

Sat/Sun 10 am–5 pm
Public Holidays

Admission
Adults: CHF 12
Reduced: CHF 8
Thu from 5–8 pm: free admission
More