HÄTTE ICH DOCH BEI AMAZON BESTELLT
HÄTTE ICH DOCH LIEBER
BEI AMAZON BESTELLT
Über das Neue, belvedere 21,
One Mess Gallery, Vienna, 2019
Artistic works as the excavations of an era long gone: if we imagine them as one body, what would it’s gestalt would look like? Extinct nature and the nature of art are approached through critical fabulation within this exhibition. The dead object, the inanimate object.1 How will contemporary art have had looked like? Imagination and capacities are finite and endless at the same time. “Why early curators first set T. Rex in a predator‘s stance, it was because the ceilings in museums were too high, and they had to fill the space.”2 The giants of the incorporate artworks, indigestible remnants are resting in the bellies of institutions. The dinosaur’s breath still levitates in our atmosphere. Tracing the economy of extinction: Because everything is so convenient, our lives will eventually perish.
One Mess Gallery was initiated by a group of artists in 2015, the project is characterized by collaborative and performative formats. The Off-Space it is located in the garbage room of the Palais Montenuovo, opposite of the Federal Chancellery. During exhibitions the waste bins are positioned outside the entrance on the side walk, thereby raising questions on elitism, usage, appropriation and ownership. One Mess Gallery participated for example with a booth for security concepts, the “OMG Armory Safety Solutions” at the art fair Parallel Vienna, built the bureaucratic-performative Installation “Passierschein K2 - Organisation du Melangement Gouvern- mental” at the Kunstraum Super and placed touchable sculptures on bathing towels in their exhibition “Oberfläche Mit Gefühl” during the 365 art festival. For the exhibition at Belvedere 21 Florian Botka, Lisa Jäger, Claudia Lomoschitz, Tobias Pilz and Julia Riederer worked together as artists and curators. “The early curators had to smash and whittle T. rex’s bones and then remove vertebrae to assemble him into that fighting posture.”3...
(1) W.J.T. Mitchell (2005): Das Leben der Bilder. Eine Theorie der visuellen Kultur. München: C.H.Beck
(2, 3) Hitt, Jack (2001): Dinosaur Dreams. Reading the bones of America’s psychic mascot. Harper’s Magazine: New York.
Curatorial Team / Florian Boka, Lisa Jäger, Claudia Lomoschitz,
Tobias Pilz, Julia Riederer
Invited Artists / Bartosz Dolhun, Kasper Hesselbjerg, Suzie Léger & Katarina Csanyiova, Xenia Lesniewski, Bert Löschner, Line Lyhne, Maitane Midby, Philipp Pess, Christian Rothwangl
Performance, Voice over / Salvatore Viviano