Kunsthalle Exnergasse

The Impossibility of Being

17 Mar - 30 Apr 2016

Janina Lange, Shooting Clouds, 2014 HD video (colour), 5:12 min (loop), video still, © Janina Lange
17 March - 30 April 2016

Diana Artus, Julius von Bismarck, Anina Brisolla, Sophia Domagala, Brad Downey, Andreas Greiner & Armin Keplinger, Sven Johne, Tillman Kaiser, Caroline Kryzecki, Janina Lange und Via Lewandowsky

Curated by the current - Hannah Beck-Mannagetta & Lena Fließbach

In the face of the current political situation and the ever more obvious consequences of environmental changes, an anthropocentric worldview can be put into question. In its transience and apparent imperfection, the supposed supremacy of mankind manifests as a fatal delusion. In various – often tragicomic – ways the artists of the exhibition deal with the futility of human action, the failure of perfection, and the demarcation and permanent pursuit of optimisation. Here, the fragility of the relationship between nature and culture, the limitations of material and technological progress, and an ineffective interpersonal communication as an individual as well as a socio-political phenomenon become visible in their works. In the end, however, it also becomes apparent that accidents, mistakes, and failure are a necessity in order to be creative in the first place.

Tags: Julius von Bismarck, Andreas Greiner