“IN REAL LIFE” curated by_ Luca Lo Pinto at Christine König Galerie, Wien
“In all the arts there is a physical component which can no longer be considered or treated as it used to be, which cannot remain unaffected by our modern knowledge and power. For the last twenty years, neither matter nor space nor time has been what it was from time immemorial. We must expect that great innovations will transform the entire technique of the arts, thereby affecting artistic invention itself and perhaps even bringing about an amazing change in our very notion of art.”
I don’t know exactly what future Paul Valéry was supposing when he wrote these words in 1931, but I doubt he could have foreseen the radical transformation of our interaction with the artwork that has occurred since the advent of the digital era.
In a world where technical reproducibility has reached levels never before imagined, the value and significance of “authenticity” in relation to the work of art has changed dramatically. Most of our knowledge is not the result of direct experience but rather is filtered through images or video. Consequently, the fruition of an artwork occurs almost exclusively via texts, images, or words. Most of the time we look at JPGs instead of objects. Our cultural background is based more on second-hand information than first-hand experience. We interpret things without making any distinction between the real and the reproduced object transformed ideally from our computer screen into a three-dimensional space. New technologies, such as smartphones and tablets, have completely changed the way in which art is viewed and distributed. How does this reality affect our knowledge and our reading of artworks? How could these urgent theoretical issues be queried within the discursive framework of an exhibition? Is Benjamin’s concept of aura as the physicality of the art object still relevant?
The project I have developed for Christine König Gallery takes these thoughts as starting points and tries to articulate them within the context of exhibition-making.
A number of artists have been invited to produce and present series of works that will be presented not physically in the exhibition space, but within the architecture of an image. The process is very similar to that of a fashion shoot, where a full-blown real scenario is constructed and yet in the end only reaches the recipient as an image. The works will be installed in a neutral space and then captured by Margherita Spiluttini as an overview in a single, large-size frontal picture. A wall-filling print of this image will be displayed in the exhibition space, with the works being seen in a 1:1 scale. The exhibition comprises works realized in different mediums (sculpture, photography, installation, drawing). Viewers are invited to see the exhibition as they would view it on their digital screens, but here they see it life-size in a physical space.
until 8 November 2014
Above – Pierre Bismuth, Liquids and Gels, 2014
Marlie Mul, Cigarette Hedgehog, 2012
Darren Bader, Candy says, Stephanie says, Lisa says, Caroline says, 2014
Cory Arcangel, Napkin, 2013
Gerhard Rühm, Adaption (Warnung!), 1959 ca.
Talia Chetrit, Imprint (from Hand on Body), 2012
Adriana Lara, Cosas (vacas), 2009
Tobias Kaspar , TBR (fig. 10) Emma Watson, 2013
Davide Stucchi, V135, 2014
Antoine Catala, Jordi teaches Vicky a few things, 2012
“IN REAL LIFE” curated by_ Luca Lo Pinto installation views at Christine König Galerie, Wien
Courtesy: Christine König Galerie, Wien