We believe, art is not only a mirror reflecting the state of its time, but it is an active force changing the very world it exists in.
Sharing and obtaining, site-specific versus non site-specific, bridging the gap between local and global and discovering our roots in the new post-Internet era – those are the main topics of an international exhibition project Contain[era]. Eight shipping containers will be turned into moving galleries, each providing space for a multimedia installation of one European emerging artist. From August 20th 2015 these exhibitions will travel on a circle route throughout Europe for two months connecting nearby cultures. The project will culminate on Prague Symposium opening on October 24th 2015.
Eight young artists – Adéla Součková (CZ) Dionýz Troskó (SK), János Brückner (HU), Karol Komorowski (PL), Angela Kaisers (DE), Lukas Troberg (AT), Till Könneker (CH) and Carlo Zanni (IT) – from eight European countries will be introduced to the audience of each participating city by their travelling installations in shipping containers. These unique exhibition spaces will travel between Prague, Bratislava, Warsaw, Budapest, Roma, Zurich, Berlin and Vienna.
Karol Komorowski, PL, Warsaw 20.08.2015
Komorowski’s exhibition consists of large scale photographic works [lightboxes]. Their panoramic format and overall poetics connotes with the popular genre of cityscapes. By means of its subject-matter – the computer hardware – the works will reflect with a more physical approach on today’s technology-driven society. While the discourse on the post-Internet condition gained speed, it is now important to look at what happens before the computer screen fills a lonely net-flaneur’s room with its cold, synthetic light. Computer hardware being both hidden and sacred, became a void place seamlessly obscured by the apparent dominance of displays, and therefore images, a domain of experts, a body neglected in the praise of intellect – in this case the software underlying all the processes taking place anywhere in the world. However, hardware in a very literal sense, has its inner logic expressed by its uber-complex architecture and at the same time represents consistent aesthetic qualities. But how to relate these seemingly distant, micro-cityscapes to our city-centric culture? And is it the nature of data processing itself that makes everything so compatible and universal or the very information?
Till Könneker, CH, Warsaw 05.09.2015
An empty ship wrecked boat is laying open in the shipping container with only the bow peeking out, gold plated. Looking inside the container you can see the rest of the dingy dirty boat. In Könneker’s installation a shipping container means trade with far away countries, the arrival of long anticipated goods. It is one of the building blocks of our globalized consumerist culture. It symbolizes the deceptive hope which refugees follow like a light and which lets them accept and take every possible risk for a better life.
Magdalena Jadwiga Härtelová, project curator
The conflict between information reality and virtuality, sharing and obtaining information, global versus local and site-specific versus non site-specific – these are the themes of the international exhibition project Contain[era], to be held during the second half of 2015 in eight EU countries. Freight containers will be turned into mobile galleries, with each container providing space for a multimedia exhibition by an emerging artist from one of the participating countries. Eight exhibitions, each focused on the depiction of national cultural heritage and the transfer of information as a key theme in the post-Internet age, will gradually travel to all participating cities, presenting pure information undistorted by local influences, embodying the principle of world-wide web in physical reality. At the end of the tour all the containers and participants will come together in the coordinating city, Prague, to form one large combined exhibition, and a symposium will be held, bringing together members of international professional public. A platform will be established for dialog about gained experiences as well as theoretical topics of the project. The third and final part of the project will be individual exhibitions of participating foreign artists at local participating galleries. The outcomes of those and the joint exhibition with symposium held before, will form the basis for the theoretical part of the project – specialist texts, methodological outcomes, documentaries, exhibition catalogue, and more. But most importantly, the project will set basis for a net of international personal connections founded on the core of our society, European culture, unique and united in its diversity.
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There the site-specific aspect of the installations represents pure local environment. By taking it away from its place of origin and implementing it elsewhere one can examine the influence of environment as well as demonstrate the universal information value art has. Indeed the arrival of the containers to foreign cities creates a unique situation – an exhibition that has been unaffected by the influence of a new host institution. It will provide information that is minimally distorted, so neatly uprooted that it is not possible to assume false contexts, only create new ones. Moreover, the Contain[era] project bring this “information capsule” to viewers’ doorsteps, just as they expect it nowadays. The overall dream of an ultimately clued-up individual can be achieved.“Here is always somewhere else.”
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