Ritornell. Nine Stories
22 Nov 2008 - 25 Jan 2009
Halil Altindere, Fernando Bryce, Patricia Esquivias, Deimantas Narkevicius, Olaf Nicolai, Ola Pehrson, Romana Scheffknecht, Erzen Shkololli, Amelie von Wulffen
The “Refrain” (ritournelle) signifies the return of a motif, the instrumental inter-, pre- or postlude in the concerto grosso. For Deleuze/Guattari  the “refrain“ indicates an in-between, the realm between chaos and order: “A child in the dark, gripped with fear, comforts himself by singing under his breath. [...] This song is a sort of first approach towards a stabilising and calming centre in the chaos.” With the help of the “Refrain” one succeeds to create a home that however allows for launching forth, and from which lines of flight can develop.
For this exhibition the “Refrain” shall work as a metaphor for nine art works where the return of a motif, the process of re-telling is playing an important role. The motifs derive from different discourses, they come from history and from the contemporary, from everyday life as well as from politics; they can be real or fictitious and are referring to modes of modern media as well as to traditional fables or narratives.
By artistic practices − specified through various media such as sculpture, drawing, video, photography and painting − a kind of movement is being initiated, a “Refrain”, transforming these motifs by poetic, sometimes ironic means and transferring them from history into the present day. Long forgotten or repressed stories, images and ideas become productive for a current experience.
 Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (1980), Continuum International Publishing Group, London 2004, p.342.