Perspectives, an Inventory of the Now
In a time of great uncertainty and upheavals—now that the future seems to have happened in its most subtle and dystopian form—what can we learn from the past, what can we save, how can we make the future meaningful and worth living in?
We are witnessing unprecedented political, economic and social crises, the first effects of climate change; and the role of artificial intelligence and algorithms to determine our lives. What does it mean to be human? What happens next—with the Earth, humanity, ourselves? How do we prepare for the times ahead and how do we find solutions to the major turns that we face socially and personally?
The exhibition shows a selection of works that deal with very different spaces: with interior and exterior worlds, with digital and airspace. The starting point is the human in his self-identity, with memories, fears, questions and dreams. They all have what it takes to reflect the viewer's own thoughts and emotions as well as to convey new ideas or impulses for action. Broken down to the smallest unit, the self. Exactly where change begins, in our closest living space, in our "selves", bodies, minds and hearts.
Paula Doepfner, Verlierer, 2011
Hollie Miller, Mercury 2020
Jovana Popić, HETEROTOPIA I-VII, 2014
Madeleine Schwinge, The Psychedelic Chicks (drawing/collage from the new series); Searching for New Utopia 2018, series Half the Story is Never Been Told (search image and interfering noise from a 1970’s JVC Nivico TV)
Jonny Star, Space 2, 2020
Charlie Stein, Portrait of a Future Self (Mirror Face), 2020
Postcards and text fragments from the EMBARK! Feature interview project: Grégory Chatonsky, Gaël Charbau, Valérie Favre, Paula Doepfner, Sandra Krasker, Sigurd Larsen, Rami Mekdachi, Chloe Piene, Jovana Popíc, Tina Suaerlander