East Contemporary

Category: Europe

transmediale: Jonathan Beller “Derivative Living”

Berlin, Feb 2, 2018, https://transmediale.de/ Matteo Pasquinelli moderated the discussion / keynote lecture of Jonathan Beller. I value Beller for his work on the cinematic mode of production: the thesis, that media “consumers” are actually not consumers at all but cognitive workers creating value through the allocation of their quantifiable attention. In his talk, Beller…

documenta 14: Learning from Athens?

Kassel, Germany, June 10 – September 17, 2017, http://www.documenta14.de At first sight Documenta 14 appeared as very “political”. There were a lot of works seemingly addressing political topics, criticizing capitalism and its inherent relationship. At first sight, that is. After spending some time walking around, this first impression gave way to another reading. I felt…

Van Abbemuseum: Robert Glass “How to Motivate Someone to Leave Voluntarily”

Eindhoven, November 17, 2016 – April 30, 2017, http://vanabbemuseum.nl Robert Glass’ work addressed a topic, which is very hot across Europe: Refugees. There were two photographs of Dutch detention cells. The detention cells were shockingly beautiful and in bright colors. Best Dutch design. Nevertheless these were locations were deportees who refused to leave are being…

Van Abbemuseum: Sissel Marie Tonn “The Intimate Earthquake Archive”

Eindhoven, November 10, 2016 – April 30, 2017, http://vanabbemuseum.nl Sissel Marie Tonn presented a technically complex installation that had the goal of simulating earthquakes experienced by people in the Groningen region of the Netherlands where natural gas extraction takes place. These Earthquakes are a consequence of the extraction processes, i.e. there are man-made. Someone makes…

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna Kurzbauergasse: Katrine Bobek & Iben Zorn “A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose”

Vienna, May 11-12, 2017, https://www.akbild.ac.at A small exhibition in the Academy sculpture studios. It was one room with a glass wall. Inside were 3 works: A sticker with a text/visual poem pasted on the glass (Zorn), a disassembled glove (Zorn) and a medium-sized painting (Bobek). At first it felt quite empty and like… “That’s it,…