Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson | New shows in Taiwan and Germany
New shows in Taiwan and Germany
Galleries 101-103, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts
The South – An art of asking and listening.
Curator: Manray HSU
3. June 2017 – 17. September 2017
Opening events will feature the following on June 3rd:
2:30pm Concert: LIN Sheng-xiang/Ask the South
3:00pm Exhibition tour: Curator & Artists
For a long time, Kaohsiung, or the whole southern region of Taiwan, has been in the South, not only in the geographic sense, but also in the political sense of being disadvantaged in the national and international power distribution. Historically, the political south can be broadened to cover the southern countries colonized by the West during the early modern period. It can also refer to the Third World, unequally developed during the period of post WWII modernisation, or the so-called ‘Global South’ formed under the globalisation of late capitalism. The South thus represents a social minority, namely the sub-altern, whom development programs have silenced, sacrificed and stripped of social mobility for the sake of the majority.
The exhibition explores issues related to this invisible subject named the South in modernity. The first chapter, “Your country does not exist”, looks at how the modern state, provided its promises of human rights, justice, and people’s sovereignty, has relentlessly and structurally disenfranchised certain groups of individuals as the south. Alternatively, some choose to stand in the opposite side of the state, using artistic and other strategies of resistance, of imagining a state beyond the state. The second chapter, “Ask the south”, scrutinises how modernity programs exploit the environment, other species and the earth itself; rendering them into the position of the south.
“From Xiao-Yao-Yu (逍遙遊) to the aesthetics of scale”, the third chapter, proposes a new theory of aesthetics to explicate recent art works related to ruins, environmental disasters, and large-scale human interventions into the planet and beyond. Based on the idea of the south, these works refer to various scales of time and space. Though similar to the traditional Taoist aesthetics in which non-anthropocentric perspectives play an essential role of art, the modern aesthetics of scale relies on our knowledge of technology embedded in human perception and understanding of things, and thus also provides a critique of modern technology and its world-views.
Libia Castro+Ólafur Ólafsson; CHANG En-man; CHEN Po-i; CHANG Yung-ta; Yannick Dauby; HWANG Huann Jang+CHAO Jui-Kuang; James T. Hong+Yin-Ju CHEN; HSU Yung-Chin; JHONG Sheng Syong+HSU Chen-tang; LIN Bo-liang; Idas LOSIN; LIN Sheng-xiang+CHUNG Yung-feng; LAI Yi-chih; LIN Tay-jou; Minouk LIM; Oliver Ressler; PM2.5 Action Group; WANG Hong-kai; YANG Shun-fa; YAO Jui-chung + Lost Society Document + Sandy Hsiu-chih LO
Curated by Lena Brüggemann, Lena von Geyso, and Elisabeth Pichler
What’s the difference between a speed limit sign and a speed bump?
How is law established and manifested in language, signs and objects?
How do we relate – and what relates us – to its forms of manifestation, materialization and institutionalization?
The superposition of virtual and physical spaces, progressive economic and political interdependencies and globalization require the reconsidering of traditional forms of legitimation and jurisdictions. What does it mean if the legal subject is replaced by quasi-objects, algorithms and new technological developments? What impact does this have on our understanding of action and legal capacity?
Questioning the materiality, stability and language of law and its treaties, Codex brings together international artists whose works address the performativity and formalization of law and legal claims. The accompanying workshop by Elli Kuruş sheds light on alternative forms of legal validity on the basis of blockchain technologies.
Opening Performance: June 8, 19h, „A Vochel wo red” by Michael Barthel and Anna Schimkat
Opening Hours: Friday – Sunday 15–19h
Curatorial Tours: June 11 and July 16, 15h
Workshop: with Elli Kuruş, July 15, 15–17h (registration required!)
Screening: June 26, 2017, 19h, Laura Horelli: „Jokinen” (Finland 2016, 45′), Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Raum 2.41 in co-operation with Expanded Cinema/Clemens von Wedemeyer, afterwards discussion in presence of the artist and filmmaker Laura Horelli — with Stef Kow, Libia Castro, Laura Horelli, Ólafur Ólafsson and Helen Knowles.
Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson (ES/IS), Aslı Çavuşoğlu (TR), Stefan Endewardt (DE), Laura Horelli (FI/DE), Helen Knowles (GB), Amalia Pica (AR/GB), Maruša Sagadin (AT/SI), Carey Young (US/UK).
Libia Castro (b. 1970, Spain) and Ólafur Ólafsson (b. 1973) live in Rotterdam and Berlin and have collaborated and exhibited internationally since 1996. The work of this artist duo is always on the move. Sometimes taking elements from earlier projects with them to their next destination, they once again enter into a relationship with their current surroundings. By means of portraying, mapping, intervening and informally collaborating with people they meet, they explore space, the environment and its dynamics in different possible and impossible ways. Their projects have an open-ended structure and often result in playful, poetic, subversive and critical works.