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Exhibition CONSPIRE...

CONSPIRE… the transmediale exhibition, guest- curated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, focuses on the strategic notion of the conspiratorial act. In poetic reference to the term's Latin roots, conspirare, the exhibition deconstructs the nature of conspiracy into a silent and cosmic act of 'collective breathing' suggesting a sharply targeted, yet anonymous and intimate form of creative collaboration.
The works and projects chosen approach the perceptive borders of our daily lives with coded instructions, exploratory maps and speculative allusions which provoke alternative views about the way in which we understand information and what we believe to be universal truths.
As such, thematic constructs around the notions of conspiratorial truths, bio-organic systems and twisted realities emerge from the contextualising clusters explored within the exhibition.

The exhibition, featuring many new works specially conceived for transmediale, will be shown at the exhibition hall and the studio gallery, and will be open  through February 24, 2008.


30/1 - 24/2
10:00 - 20:00

Cluster "Bio-Organic Systems"

 
Uršula Berlot’s bio-organic systems mimicking abstract representations and Kimsooja’s physically and spiritually engaging experience on one hand, and Norimichi Hirakawa’s planetary constellations on the other, are complex projects that collude to link the mystical, and inexplicable nature of humanity and eternity, ultimately a search for something as elusive as a universal truth. Knowbotic Research points at the level of symbolic representations that are constructed by the technology.
featuring:

Lumina / Pulsation

Light Installation, 2007 / Video Projection, 2007

Lumina / Pulsation

Light Installation, 2007 / Video Projection, 2007

a plaything for the great observers at rest

Installation, 2007

be prepared! tiger!

Object, 2006

be prepared! tiger!

Object, 2006

a plaything for the great observers at rest

Installation, 2007

To breathe / Respirare

Video and Sound Installation, 2006

To breathe / Respirare

Video and Sound Installation, 2006
 
10:00 - 20:00

Cluster "Twisted Realities"

 
Warping our knowledge of reality, these contributions act as reality-benders, rendering our everyday reference and sense of reality odd and questionable. They operate with the categories of the logic of fact and the logic of fiction as with two extremes on the same line of experience and thought that can be blurred: Einar Thorsteinn’s experimental object involving the public’s perception and imagination; SilentCell Network’s interventions into institutional frameworks; Olga Kisseleva’s insertions of the immateriality of information into architecture’s concreteness, or follow the self-organised civil initiatives and their strategies of survival (Lisa Parks).
featuring:

Looping Hooman Sharifi

Video, 2004

Roaming

Installation, 2008

Cross Worlds

Interactive Installation, 2007
 

Non-Visual Object

Multidimensional Object, 2008

Roaming

Installation, 2008
 

Non-Visual Object

Multidimensional Object, 2008

Looping Hooman Sharifi

Video, 2004

Cross Worlds

Interactive Installation, 2007
 
10:00 - 20:00

Cluster "Utopian Politics and Dissonant Poetics"

 
Soft, dark ... yet poetic revolutions are the key elements lingering in the shadow of these works (Marko Peljhan’s and Velimir Khlebnikov's ongoing collaborative conceptual theatre of operations’, YKON and its belief in the legitimate status of artistic micro nations, Bureau d’etudes’ engaged mapping of privacy), a state of being which may emerge as humorous dissonance expressing problematic social or political issues (Julieta Aranda’s sonic cacophony of national anthems; Hassan Khan’s psychoanalytical fragments of narratives).
featuring:

 

End of Secrecy

Map Generator, 2008

The Hidden Location

Video Installation, 2004

New Worship

Sculpture, 2007

Standing Room

Sculpture with Sound, 2006

LADOMIR AB 7th SURFACE

Object, 2008

Standing Room

Sculpture with Sound, 2006

New Worship

Sculpture, 2007

M8 - Summit of Micronations

Ykon [fi], Ykon [fi]
Installation, 2006

The Hidden Location

Video Installation, 2004

LADOMIR AB 7th SURFACE

Object, 2008
 

End of Secrecy

Map Generator, 2008

M8 - Summit of Micronations

Ykon [fi], Ykon [fi]
Installation, 2006
 
10:00 - 20:00

Cluster "Visionary Lives, Fictionalised Selves / Fictionalising Oneself"

 
Auto-fictions with the methods of projecting oneself onto a larger-than-life scenario (Mangelos' self-fictionalisation and his visionary poetic manifestos; Ilana Halperin’s geological travel documentations and the visions of Artur Zmijewski’s protagonist, Lisa), decomposing the thin line between factual and fictive authorship (Hadjithomas and Joreige with the photographer Abdallah Farah) or the instrumentalisation of one’s own artistic position to create fictional institutions (Julius Koller).
featuring:

Wonder Beirut

Mixed Media, 1997-2007

Towards Heilprin Land

3 channel video projection and reading room, 2007

Lisa

Video, 2003

Manifestos

Mixed Media, 1977-78

UFO - Galeria Ganek / Demonstrative Cultural Situation 1 & 2 (U.F.O) / Up and Down (The Cultural Situation)

Drawings, photographs, manifesto, 1984-1996

Wonder Beirut

Mixed Media, 1997-2007

Towards Heilprin Land

3 channel video projection and reading room, 2007

UFO - Galeria Ganek / Demonstrative Cultural Situation 1 & 2 (U.F.O) / Up and Down (The Cultural Situation)

Drawings, photographs, manifesto, 1984-1996

Manifestos

Mixed Media, 1977-78

Lisa

Video, 2003
 
10:00 - 20:00

Cluster "Haunted Past - Projected Future"

 
One of the motives behind these projects lays in the poetic or revisionist intrigues of unsolved historical events (Société Réaliste’s agency for planning revolutions; Lene Berg’s personalised account of the Cold War and its propaganda). Whatever good remains from the fallout of misconceived technological and infrastructural inventions is explored by Laurent Montaron with his poetic reminder of the Zeppelin catastrophe.
featuring:

What remains is future

Film, 5'24'', 2006

Transitioners: Le Producteur

Political Trend Collection, 2008

The Man in the Background

Lene Berg [no], Lene Berg [no]
Video, 2006

Sans Titre

Object, 2006

What remains is future

Film, 5'24'', 2006

Transitioners: Le Producteur

Political Trend Collection, 2008

The Man in the Background

Lene Berg [no], Lene Berg [no]
Video, 2006

Sans Titre

Object, 2006
 
10:00 - 20:00

Cluster "Alternative Science / Science vs Fiction"

 
Science and technology shape our realities and imagination today as intensely as they have always had, and these artistic explorations into the limits of artistic competence deal with scientific fictions (Tobias Putrih’s sculptural proposal, inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s or Friedrich Kiesler’s theories), documenting personal and alternative scientific proposals (Alban Hajdinaj's focus on an Albanian amateur geophysicist) against collective ones (Christoph Keller’s assemblage of Internet-based theories on the mysterious forms of aircraft chemtrails).
featuring:

Science vs. Fiction

Digital prints, 2002-2003

Quasi Random

Object, 2007

Diskovery

Video, 2007

Chemtrails

Video, 2007 / picture-archive, 2006

Chernobyl Project - The Invisible Stain

Work-in-progress, Mixed Media, 2007

Science vs. Fiction

Digital prints, 2002-2003

Quasi Random

Object, 2007

Diskovery

Video, 2007

Chemtrails

Video, 2007 / picture-archive, 2006

Chernobyl Project - The Invisible Stain

Work-in-progress, Mixed Media, 2007
 
10:00 - 20:00

Cluster "Conspiratory Truths"

 
Researching, unveiling and transposing (Trevor Paglen’s revelation of non-existent military practice, Alice Miceli’s research into Chernobyl’s caesium induced afterglow), converting and strategically misusing (Alain Declercq’s and Egle Budvytyte’s technically brilliant docu-fictions) either historical, religious (Matt O’dell’s new world iconography) or corporate processes (Bureau d’etudes’ study on the loss of privacy; UBERMORGEN.COM, Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovico’s software jamming) link these works. As one of the central preoccupations of any successful conspiracy, the rendering of truth as a distinct plausibility underlines the visuality and high coherence of these artistic projects.
featuring:


Amazon Noir - The Big Book Crime

Webproject, 2006

Secta

Video, 2006

Symbology

Fabric Patches, framed, 2007

Mike

Video, 2005

Symbology

Fabric Patches, framed, 2007

Chernobyl Project - The Invisible Stain

Work-in-progress, Mixed Media, 2007

Secta

Video, 2006

Transitioners: Le Producteur

Political Trend Collection, 2008
 

End of Secrecy

Map Generator, 2008

New Worship

Sculpture, 2007

Mike

Video, 2005

Amazon Noir - The Big Book Crime

Webproject, 2006

Chernobyl Project - The Invisible Stain

Work-in-progress, Mixed Media, 2007

Transitioners: Le Producteur

Political Trend Collection, 2008

New Worship

Sculpture, 2007
 

End of Secrecy

Map Generator, 2008

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