Suzanne Treister: Hexen 2.0
Francis Hunger: History has left the Building
21 April 2012 - 22 July 2012
HMKV at Dortmunder U - Centre for Art and Creativity
Leonie-Reygers-Terasse, 44137 Dortmund, Germany
Two solo exhibitions in dialog
The exhibitions Suzanne Treister: HEXEN 2.0 and Francis Hunger: History has left the Building are concerned with similar issues: HEXEN 2.0 by the British artist Suzanne Treister and History has left the Building by the German artist Francis Hunger deal with the hopes and utopias or dystopias inspired by technological developments in the 20th century, while analysing their social impact and role as catalysts of social and economic processes in different political systems. Both artists use artistic narratives to undertake a media-archaeological investigation, telling stories from the age of information technology and presenting often unheard-of and unseen artefacts in the shape of complex drawings and diagrams (Treister) or installations, audio plays, videos and performances (Hunger).
In HEXEN 2.0, her exhibition at HMKV, Suzanne Treister (b. 1958 in London) addresses the history of networked digital information technologies (cybernetics, Arpanet, Internet, Web 2.0), whose origins hark back to the Second World War and the Cold War. Doing so she analyses their potential to make history and their perception in 20th-century popular culture and counterculture, as well as the implications and risks for contemporary society, whose dependency on technology implies that it can be easily controlled. She transposes her observations in arcane drawings and diagrams whose formal vocabulary can be seen as a nod to the aesthetics of occultism.
The exhibition History has left the Building by Francis Hunger (b. 1976 in Dessau) addresses the hopes and visions associated with the development of new technologies in the ruling political ideologies of the 20th century, and remembers the victims of technological progress. Hunger´s artistic narratives in the form of installations, performances and radio plays highlight the neuralgic interfaces between technology and ideology, and thus provide fascinating insights into the social constitution before and after the downfall of Socialism.
Curated by: Dr. Inke Arns
20 April 2012, from 18:30
Tue+Wed 11-18, Thu+Fri 11-20, Sat+Sun 11-18
HMKV at the Dortmunder U (3rd floor)
21 April 2012 - 22 July 2012
FURTHER EVENTS (SELECTION):
Friday, 11 May 2012, 19:30
Part 1: Between Us - Experimental Films from Poland
Friday, 25 May 2012, 19:30
Part 2: Between Us - Experimental Films from Poland
Friday, 22 June 2012, 18:00
Artist talk with Suzanne Treister
Saturday, 23 June 2012, 17:00
Launch of the exhibition catalogue together with Francis Hunger
Live Performance by Francis Hunger: The Setun Conspiracy
Further information, detailed filmprogramme, workshops and events:
Videoproduction by Aischa Butt, David Figura, Music: Beth Kleist (facebook.com/bethkleist)
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