Be quick, Friday 13th is your last chance to get a first glance at the world’s nearby future – at least its utopian vision as presented by km temporaer . new atlantis brings together fascinating and most different approaches by young artists with amongst others Mexican, Iranian, US-American, and Swiss backgrounds who question present power-relations and their possible future impact.
Baden Pailthorpe Cadence (2013), HD video, colour, stereo sound, 6 minutes
Oval Office (Mikko Gaestel / Jaakko Pallasvuo) Cooler (2013), Water cooler, water, paracetamol, codeine, dimensions variable
Their second-last show in their 170m² apartment – which they had taken over for the last one and a half years – presents the ideas of utopia and the innovations it motivates in the realms of technology, biology and sociology. The curators Elisa R. Linn, Lennart Wolff and Judith Lavagna brought together approaches in the media video, illustration, installation and sculpture. The artworks reflect some present age images on an utopian future like the 45min film Cyborgs in the mist (2011/ 12) by Gwenola Wagon and Stéphane Degoutin, which is one of the works that struck me most. It presents the fictional research lab LOPH, where scientists and researchers test utopian scenarios and their possible impact on mankind. Interviews and sights of Google-Streetview come together to form a pseudo- documentary.
Antoine Renard, Utopic compost (New Earthlike Samples) (2013), 8 acryglass tubes, variable components, 130 cm x 70 mm each
While Wagon and Degoutin present a fictional approach to the question of how they see the future, Antoine Renard shows the actual temporal connection between present and future in his installation Utopic compost (2013). Eight identical acrylic glass tubes stand in the middle of the biggest of the seven rooms. They are enlivened and filled with biological, chemical or industrial products and its diverse states of rotting visualize human impact on nature and vice versa.
Detail: Antoine Renard Utopic Compost
This rather biological approach confronts Anne de Vries’ sculpture Hold on (2012). Web-based information of closer-future events are printed on common towels which are arranged around a towel rack leading upwards, playing with the terms progression and innovation, while showing existing possibilities of technology on banal everyday objects.
Detail: Anne de Vries, Hold on (2012), Stainless steel, digital print on towel
A social notion of utopian scenarios is represented in the “dark room”: Luc Mattenbergers Help for a Revolution (2010) resembles a medical facility to enhance one’s posture, but you can’t avoid a latent association with torture instruments. For the upright position of strength with a raised fist, the user is forced to act in a revolutionary way.
Luc Mattenberger Help for a revolution (2010), leather and steel
Bettina Pousttchi Starker Staat 2, Starker Staat 10 (2003), photographs, 88 x 110cm
Another feeling of heteronomy is created by the two photographs Starker Staat 2 and Starker Staat 10 (2003) by Bettina Pousttchi in the same room. The digitally altered pictures resemble surveillance camera footage and therefore evoke an uneasy feeling of suppression – especially together with Mattenbergers work.
The exhibition leaves the visitor with a latent discomfort, nevertheless mindful of their own behavior and environment.
PS: km temporaers last show is in collaboration with Florian Kuhlmann and starts on Sep 20th.
A show by ff features the theme of future aswell: The Oracle - What is your Prophecy for the Future? opens Sep 12th at 7pm.
all images: courtesy of km temporaer
by Julia Heldt