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“Bego” at Czech Center New York, New York

Questioning can both be disconcerting and reassuring. In the best of all cases it’s the latter and we can escape the terror of uncertainty experienced in questioning by finding the questioning itself comforting.

The sceptic, he who puts things into question, is often characterized by the extreme inability to act, questioning himself in which direction to head. Then fear can be a driving [x]. Fear, silence and darkness are able to provoke moments to which infantile Angst is hooked up on. The adrenaline of stepping ahead by at the same time knowingly running into the uncanny makes him highly focused. This really holds your back up straight. Fearing discontinuity we have a tendency to search for meaning in constellations that promises continuity. We cheat. Continuity is pretended in a two-fold connection where the rupture between one thing and another is explicitly overcome in it, but by doing so, we are yet again highlighting the singularity of the parts of a constellation. Singularity shows us that there is no necessity in constellations.

White walls invite us to a projection of continuity. They invite us to produce a little order in which we add things to one another for them to become a comforting presence. Truly new is then the naming of the idea of this constellation. It necessarily needs to be new and with precedingly unoccupied meaning, as something can only be truly new when we are dealing with it coming into being by a sudden happening and less through a transformative period of becoming in which things already somehow somewhere exist. The New was not there before, signalizes the chaos in which it kicked in and it shows us a devotedness to genuine novelty. The new laws of this situation, with the unapologetic character of chaos, allow to tentatively explore the new situation. Your perception of the objectively realized perceptions in a given constellation are based on a structural opposition in which these things can effectively be acknowledged as oppositional. These varied perceptions might invite you to linger in their apparent composition, they might be showing you brutally your uneasiness with channelled unexpectedness or they might have you wonder about the excess of display in the cladding and added layering. We see a fluidity of a socially formed constellation, which gives identity to the suddenly formed situation. There is this little truth within white walls of things that appear to be in time but to exist in space. It can not avoid but to appear slightly surreal when we happen to find a constellation like this useful in accommodating contemporaneity.

Charlotte Szász

Participating artists: Jan Brož & Richard Nikl, Benjamin Hirte, Haydée Marin-Lopez, Brandon Ndife, Francois Pisapia, Ben Schumacher

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at Czech Center New York, New York
until 25 April 2016

Benjamin Hirte, untitled, 2016

Ben Schumacher, Diachronous daddy: Language (passion), no language (disinterest), 2016

Jan Brož & Richard Nikl, Bego, 2016

Francois Pisapia, Scavenger Walks = Naples Stairway, 2016

Brandon Ndife, untitled, 2016

Haydée Marin-Lopez, Frühling, 2016

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“Bego” installation views at Czech Center New York, New York, 2016

Courtesy: the artists and Czech Center New York, New York.

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