This section is surrounding aspects around art, contemporary culture and theory, as I strongly believe there are strong parallels between the contemporary art scene and our urban self. Here upon others are included reviews and responses to exhibitions, talks and performances.
Review: Asuncion molinos gordo: Accumulation by dispossession
30.04.2019 - 22.06.2019
As a part of the programme, ‘The Politics of Food’, the artist Asunción Molinos Gordo draws on ideas and techniques responding to the destructive system of food production and its ambivalent, two-faced character. The artist investigates the basics behind food production, distribution and consumption. Ranging from the urban discourse towards the rural every-day, Molinos Gordo highlights in detail destructive steps of the production chain which draw on philosopher David Harvey’s notion of “accumulation by dispossession” and the concept that describes the seductive form of capitalism which concentrates on accumulating wealth and power through alienation from the process and product.
Through the in-depth analysis of virus warfare and the rising number of actions against queer bodies around the globe, the exhibition ‘It Bites Back’ draws on distinguishing power agents, such as hormones and fluids, as symbols for forces that reign in our everyday lives and which define the 21st century’s approach to biopolitics. Through the exhibition, Pedro Neves Marques highlights the double meaning on the viral spread of the Zika virus (mainly in 2015-16). Here, the mosquito is used as the vector for exploring the significance of biotechnology and as the number one national enemy, destructing the nation’s immune system.
‘Spinal’, Raqs Media Collective’s exhibition at Frith Street Gallery, reflects on the mental state created by the discomfort and exploitation of First World War soldiers of Asian heritage. An “excess of poetry” as the press review reads, the exhibition results in mental over-stimulation and a bypass of images that are produced by the war. Almost building a world in itself, the composition illuminates the visitor, moving them into dream-like scenarios.
Balancing notions of the private and public spheres, as well as documentation versus fictional representation, Timischl critiques social dynamics in relation to the self and body. Using the spaces of the Secession almost like a stage to exploit according to his own disposition, Timischl queries how the everyday can be represented. Introducing elements within the gallery to disrupt the audience’s perception, Timischl draws the viewer into a dilemmatic relationship between the performative body and the city.
Situated in the cultural arm of the Austrian Embassy in London, at the Austrian Cultural Forum, ‘Newstalgia’ is shifting common ways of memorialisation into question. It does this through exposing attempts to activate social and cultural habits that remember and question contemporary ways to fulfil civil duties – to re-evaluate economic, cultural and societal operations. This aims to highlight the values brought to our everyday.
Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop has introduced the second round of the Radical Residency. Providing the spaces and support to artists to develop work parallel to each other within a ‘work in progress’ studio environment.
Several street artists have been commissioned by the German artist Olaf Nicolai to reproduce 22 images into the form of chalk sketches. Being the only representative medium within the space, surrounded by an ‘empty’ spatiality and without any kind of visually interrupting components, their scale and meaning is reinforced, expanded and opened-up to individual re-interpretation.
An assembly of work from fifteen early career artists who have been nominated from across the UK, ‘Survey’ is an exhibition comprising a wide range of disciplines. From film, performance and drawing, to painting, ceramics and installation, it gives rising voices within the sector the opportunity to stand out and stand up.