MGK Museum für Gegenwartskunst

The Clouds and the Cloud

04 Sep 2020 - 10 Jan 2021

Clouds – without us being aware of it – have an elementary significance for us. We inscribe our wishes, hopes and fears into their fleeting, indeterminate diversity.

The artistic “discovery” of the cloud began in the Middle Ages and intensified in the 19th century, parallel to its importance in the natural sciences and humanities. In the context of globalisation, virtualisation and 20th century theory, the cloud is now developing into a model for describing the complexity of contemporary conditions. It is becoming a symbol of networked information architecture, geopolitical relations, and new concepts of space. It is well-known, after all, that clouds do not stop at borders.

The exhibition “The Clouds and the Cloud” in the MGKSiegen deals with the phenomenon of the cloud from a contemporary perspective. In doing so, it goes much further than the customary cloud images. Using a variety of media, the contributions range from artistic translations of the natural motif to the technical infrastructure of the clouds and their affects. The works presented combine ecological, socio-political, economic and technological aspects. The focus is on exploring the various perceptions, materialities and functions of the cloud today.

With contributions by: James Bridle, Nina Canell, Latifa Echakhch, Lara Favaretto, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Shilpa Gupta, Flaka Haliti, David Horvitz, Almut Linde, Benoît Maire, Metahaven, Marie-Luce Nadal, Ho Tzu Nyen, Trevor Paglen, Michael Sailstorfer and Christopher Kulendran Thomas.