Ragnar Helgi Olafsson participates in ATTENTION ECONOMY at Kunstalle Wien in Austria. Curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen, Vivien Trommer.
Opening: May 15, 2014, 7 pm
16/5 – 9/6 2014
For three weeks, Attention Economy transforms Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier into a trail and a discursive platform. The exhibition presents answers, ranging from the startling to the critical, by international artists to pressing questions relating to contemporary art and the art business. These interviews, conducted prior to the exhibition, give subjective insights into the conditions under which contemporary art is produced. The exhibition display presents the statements, embedded in a graphic system, and opens up different routes through the exhibition.
The title Attention Economy references Georg Franck’s book of the same name, published in 1998, in which he establishes that in our society where information is in constant flux, attention has become a limited resource and an economic commodity. The exhibition carries this idea into the present and asks what influence the digitized world, the increasingly international market and the growing popularity of contemporary art are having on artists and their current art production: Is art intelligent entertainment? Why is contemporary art so popular? Are current exhibition formats contemporary at all? What are the key criteria for good art? Are artists the entrepreneurs of the 21st century? Do they plan their careers strategically? The interplay of the various statements gives an up-to-date picture of the factors that determine contemporary forms of artistic activity.
Interviews have been conducted with established artists and also with younger artists who are at the start of an international career. The upheavals and changes that have deeply affected the art scene in recent years are clearly reflected in the compiled answers, as are the influences under which artists work today.
Moreover, Denkfabrik – a long-term educational project by Kunsthalle Wien – has been closely involved in the programming of the exhibition. This group of dedicated students and young professionals has developed several events parallel to Attention Economy that provide the public with the space and opportunity for active reflection. The aim is to open up the discourse initiated by the exhibition and by so doing to focus on the exhibition visitors themselves.
In addition to the events organized by Denkfabrik, a public program including a series of lectures, filmscreenings and discussions takes place.
Participating artists: , Leonor Antunes, Julieta Aranda, Fikret Atay, Mirosław Bałka, Alexandra Bircken, Candice Breitz, Cäcilia Brown, Ernst Caramelle, Kwan Sheung Chi, Chto Delat?, Marieta Chirulescu, Claire Fontaine, Plamen Dejanoff, Verena Dengler, Carola Dertnig, Marius Engh, Cevdet Erek, Ayşe Erkmen, Elmgreen & Dragset, Gelatin, Eva Grubinger, Ibro Hasanović, Mathilde ter Heijne, Vlatka Horvat, Šejla Kamerić, Gülsün Karamustafa, Hassan Khan, Alicja Kwade, Sonia Leimer, Mark Lewis, Ken Lum, Renzo Martens, Haroon Mirza, Aki Nagasaka, Sophie Nys, Nick Oberthaler, Damir Očko, Ahmet Oğut, Ragnar Helgi Olafsson, Jorge Pardo, Laure Prouvost, Pamela Rosenkranz, Georgia Sagri, Margaret Salmon, Tomás Saraceno, Hans Schabus, Eva Schlegel, Timur Si-Qin, Juliane Solmsdorf, Tobias Spichtig, Kamen Stoyanov, Martha Stutteregg
Kunsthalle Wien GmbH
1070 Wien, Austria