«The pebble is not an easy thing to define. If we content ourselves with a simple description, we can say first of all that it is a form or a state between a rock and a stone. But this proposition implies a notion of stone that must be justified. I don’t want to be accused here of going back even further than the Flood.» Francis Ponge
CIVIC VIRTUE (a neoclassical revival), in collaboration with Kinga Kielczynska, present their recent work on the topic of divination, pseudo-sciences and self-fulfilling prophesies.
Eröffnung Freitag, 28. September 2012, ab 19 Uhr 21 Uhr Performance
29. September – 3. November 2012 Öffnungszeiten: nach telefonischer Vereinbarung +49 (0)179.947 3040
Reading the entrails of sacrificial animals was an important religious duty performed by the priests of antiquity. From the level of personal relations to matters of state and conquest, the interpretation of chance embodied an appeal to the authority of the gods. CIVIC VIRTUE asserts that prophecy is a worthy course of investigation, for an understanding of a past which may or may not have already happened, and for an insight into what we may expect from a world yet unborn. Representing the architecture of temples, the ambiguity of oracles and the underlying structures within games of chance, CIVIC VIRTUE explores the potential of narrative evolution in space, the augury of modern economics, and the problems of repeatability.
Based in Amsterdam, CIVIC VIRTUE was established in 2010 around a shared interest in social communities who organize themselves around symbols of power and virtue, as well as the continual re-emergence of these signs over the course of history. CIVIC VIRTUE seeks to place these symbols and allegories beyond any specific historical, political or social appropriation. As a platform for research and performance, CIVIC VIRTUE are currently on their Grand Tour around Europe, through the entrails of history and past important monuments of revival.
Kristian Byskov, Pia Eikaas, Martin Haufe, Benny Henningsen, Margarita del Carmen, Anna Ørberg, Vladas Suncovas
‚Research is a collective exhibition put together by seven students from the School of Walls and Space, at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen. The School is led by Professor Nils Norman who describes the School as: „(…) a multi-layered micro-institution that encourages the development of an inter-disciplinary research-based practice.“* It is our ambition to focus on this certain kind of research-based practice and to take it into an experimental and more risky field. What ever event occurs in this process will act in an immediate change in the bodies of the participants and therefore undoubtedly react into the space. We hereby present what will only be known on the date of the 14th of April (but may be will never be fully understood).
‚Research: Kristian Byskov, Pia Eikaas, Martin Haufe, Benny Henningsen, Margarita del Carmen, Anna Ørberg, Vladas Suncovas
*The apostrophe is a reference to the science of ‚pataphysics, conceptualized by Alfred Jarry, 1893, as: „The science of imaginary solutions…“
Eröffnung: Freitag, den 13. April 2012 um 19 Uhr Ausstellung: 14. April – 19. Mai 2012 Öffnungszeiten nach telefonischer Vereinbarung