Kunsthalle Mainz, 24.06.–15.10.2016
Ein Parkplatz voller Autos. Ein junger Mann betritt die Szenerie, geht zu einem weißen Auto. In Windeseile beklebt er es mit Streifen, Schrift, setzt am Ende das Pappimitat einer Leuchtapparatur auf das Dach. Der junge Mann verschwindet so schnell, wie er gekommen ist und hinterlässt ein Polizeiauto.
Ahmet Öğüt: Somebody Else‘s Car (2005)
Die Stadt Istanbul brodelt. Menschen, Autos überall. Wohin das Auge blickt, es trifft immer auf Bewegung. Überfüllte Plätze schließen sich an belebte Märkte, Wohnhäuser und Cafés an. Aus dieser Fülle an Orten und Gegebenheiten greift der türkische Künstler Ahmet Öğüt eine Szenerie heraus. Kaum gefunden holt er sie wie mit dem Vergrößerungsglas heran und fokussiert sie. Die Szenerie ist ganz unscheinbar, völlig gewöhnlich und doch besteht sie aus einer spezifischen Anordnung. Zum [...]
Galeria Joségarcía, 25.06.–29.08.2016
Beyond Lawn and Order is a group show that seeks to establish a dialogue between the work of contemporary artists and archive material in order to reflect on the possibilities of a garden as a site for artistic creation. For this, the starting point is a documentary by Jef Cornelis (Antwerpen, 1941), Little Sparta, Et in Arcadia Ego in which Cornelis discusses with the artist Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006) his work as poet, sculptor, and amateur gardener that organizes methods of language and ideas while immersed in his garden, “a space in continuous state of creative revolution”.
From a metaphorical point of view the exhibition questions Cornelis’ position – having used radio and television as platforms for communication of his ideas– on the clash between the postmodern world and the commercial system of contemporary art.
Artists: Özlem Altin, Jef Cornelis, Rometti Costales, Ger van Elk, Mario García [...]
Tate Modern, 17.06.–03.07.2016
Roman Ondak’s Good Feelings in Good Times 2003 is an artificially created queue performed by a small group of participants. Though it may not be instantly recognisable as an artwork when it is in the gallery, within a forty–minute period, the queue will form, dissolve and form again a few times, with the participants behaving inconspicuously and as naturally as possible.
Inspired by Ondak’s memories of the communist–era long queues outside grocery shops in his native Slovakia, Good Feelings in Good Times takes on different meanings when it is transferred to a museum space, presenting an anti–spectacular situation. In 2004 the work was acquired by Tate and became the first live performance to enter the permanent collection.
“I became interested in the phenomenon of the queue because it is very unstable, but on the other hand it shows a very strong sense of participation … even if you are not queuing, you [...]
MACBA presents this coproduction between CA2M, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo de la Comunidad de Madrid, ARTIUM, Centro Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria, and el Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico and the Ciudad de Mexico, curated by David G. Torres. Featuring over sixty artists, both national and international, the exhibition traces a journey through the influence of punk in contemporary art and echoes the importance of its presence as an attitude and as a referent for many creators. It includes installations, documentary excerpts, multiples, photographs, videos and paintings, together with a section documenting the origins of punk and its vestiges in the present day.
Some of the themes addressed include noise, denial, violence, nihilism and sexuality. Dissatisfaction, nonconformity, the loss of faith in progress and a fierce criticism of the icons of the economic and social system appear in the work of these creators.
Punk was born in London [...]
Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, 22.06.2016
To commence the celebrations of Swiss Institute’s 30th anniversary year, please join us for a newly–commissioned performance by Roman Signer. Since the early seventies, Signer has focused his research on a new concept of sculpture connected to process, transformation and movement. He creates “experiments”, actions and kinetic installations, for which he employs common everyday objects, natural elements like sand, water, wind, fire and real explosions. At Swiss Institute, Signer will debut Pendel (Pendulum), 2016, a new performance and installation created for this occasion.
June 22 2016, 7 pm
A Kingdom of Hours explores how artists disrupt sequential time – from biological rhythms to historical chronologies – to undermine rigid structures of belonging. Videos, woodcuts and sculptures by William E Jones. Emilia Prieto Tugores and Osías Yanov disentangle queer or feminist affects from their present tense through strategies of repetition, fragmentation and anachronism, while videos and works on paper by Peggy Ahwesh, Teresa Burga and Wilson Díaz reflect on how human life cycles are socially conditioned. Presented alongside sculptures, paintings and textile pieces by Nilbar Güres, Priscilla Monge, Cecilia Vicuña and Candice Lin and Patrick Staff that explore gendered forms of cultural assimilation and societal expectation, these works emphasise material and symbolic experiences of plasticity, fluidity and mutability. Together they compose [...]