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Reality Manifestos, or Can Dialectics Break Bricks?

A study of dtournement as Art Forms


AgroupexhibitionatKunsthalleExnergasse,Vienna 19January3March2012;Openingon18January,7pm

Participants in the Exhibition


MarcBauer,SabinaBaumann,MareikeBernien&KerstinSchroedinger,PaulineBoudry&Renate Lorenz,BognaBurska,BriceDellsperger,KonstantinosManolakis,MicheleOMarah,CoraPiantoni, ElodiePong,Schmale,Scheirl,KneblWerke(ToniSchmale,HansScheirl&JakobLenaKnebl), RebeccaAnnTess WithaperformanceattheopeningbyTheCentreofAttention,andasoundperformanceandDJSet byDJSweatproducer(AnneKthiWehrli). Atthefinissageon3March,HansScheirlwillgiveapublicinterview,at7pm. TheexhibitionandsymposiumarecuratedbyDimitrinaSevova Ideologycanonlyshattertopiecesoncontactwithradicalsubjectivity. From:RenVinet,CanDialecticsBreakBricks? Theprojecttakesasitspointofdeparturethefirstentirelydetournedfilminthehistoryofcinema: CanDialecticsBreakBricks?(1973)byRenVinet,whichadaptsaspectacularfilmtoaradical critiqueofculturalhegemony.TheFrenchworddtournementisemployedhereforstealing, derailing,appropriating,misusing,reenacting,ratherthanthespecifictermofappropriationthat hasacquiredaspecialaurainanarthistoricalcontext,followingJohnStezakersrecognitionthat appropriationisactuallyamisleadingterm,becauseitsuggestsmastery. Comprisedofaninternationalgroupexhibitionandatwodaysymposium,theprojectdevelopsin thefieldofinquiryandinvestigationofhijackingandreadymadeincontemporaryartinrelationto thecinemaindustry,andthepossibletransmissionofpropertiesbetweenthem.Itinvestigatesthe spaceandtheconfusionoftheborderbetweenimageandrepresentation,andspeciallyfocuseson theruinsofrepresentation,whatarethepossibilitiesfortranslation,andwheretheideaoforiginal andcopyislost.Itfollowsthesocial,politicalandaestheticcontentcreatedasadialecticclash betweeninvisibleandvisible,orshiftsbetweenthenotionsofproductionandconsumption,reality andfiction,creatingtemporalitiesinbetween,bringingtogetheradiversityofartpracticesthatoffer singulartacticsofspeculativemisuse,repetition,faithfulmimicryanddtournementofexisting images,visualicons,narrativepatternsreenacting,rewritingandtranslatingthem. Theprojectservesasaplatformforinvestigatingthestructureandinstitutionsofcommercialcinema inrelationtotheinstitutionsofartandimagesandtheprocessofprojectionbothinthemost mechanicalsenseasacinemacameraandprojectorandtheirsimilaritytothefunctionofhuman perception,aswellashowpsychoanalysislooksatthesameprinciplesofprojectioninthesubjective andsocialfield,asinhowweprojectourfearsanddesiresontoothers,andhowthenormsofthe

psychosymbolicformationofrace,classandsexualityarerepetitivelyperformed.Theworkson displayinvestigatethemachineofcinemawithitsnarrativestructures,mythologies,representations, reproducibility,lookingmoregenerallyathowthesestructures,institutionsandbordersarecreated, howvalueiscreated,howtruthisimposedbythesymbolicandeconomicconditionsofaspeculative industry.Iftheartistdisruptsthesurfaceofcinema,isthereapossibilityforupholdingtheclaimfor theautonomyofartasaninstitution?Ultimately,theprojectisaboutthespectacle,andwhat possibilitieswehaveforsubvertingit,wakingtheviewersgazefromitstorpidcontemplationwhile stillgettingjouissancefromtheimagesseductivepower. DimitrinaSevova

Public Theoretical Symposium


MuseumHalls,WUK,WhringerStrae59,1090Wien 1920January2012 Thefirstentirelydetournedfilminthehistoryofcinema:CanDialecticsBreakBricks? Afilmproducedbythepersonlistedhere[YeoBanYee],whonaturallyhasnoideawhathas happenedtohisfilm.Letitbesaid:allfilmscanbedetourned:potboilers,Vardas,Pasolinis, Caillacs,Godards,Bergmans,aswellasgoodspaghettiwesternsandallcommercials. From:RenVinet,CanDialecticsBreakBricks? Thetheoreticalsymposiumisorganizedinconjunctionwiththeexhibitionprojectofthesamename, andservestocontextualizetheexhibitionandtheartistsworksandraiseapubliccriticaldiscussion amongscholars,theartistsandabroadaudience.Theexhibitionandthetheoreticalsymposium reflectuponeachotherinordertotheorizetheworkoftheartistsanddeepentheunderstandingof thetopicsandsubjectsaddressedinthetheoreticalframeworkoftheproject,andissuesconcerning therelationbetweencontemporaryartandcinema. ThesymposiumisorganizedcollaborationwiththePostgraduatePrograminCurating,Zurich, www.curating.org.Aspecialissueoftheoncurating.orgmagazineontheexhibitionandsymposium willbepublishedinMay2012withexpandedtextsbasedonthelectures.

Participants in the Symposium


MareikeBernien&KerstinSchroedinger,TheCentreofAttention(PierreCoinde&GaryO'Dwyer), BriceDellsperger,EvaEgermann,MarenGrimm,EstherKempf,LucieKolb,ElkeKrasny,Boyan Manchev,Innol,BerndOppl,MagorzataRadkiewicz,DorotheeRichter,NicolaRuffo,Wolf Schmelter&SimoneSchardt,DimitrinaSevova And:artisttalksbytheparticipantsintheexhibition