Human beings, nature, money, data, goods ..., all around us, nearby or very far away, everything is continuously in flux. The artists in this exhibition do not position themselves in the focal points of current events. They move quietly and unravel the deeper nature of mankind as a species in constant motion. Through factual and imaginary movements in time and space, worlds find their ever-changing forms. With: Ismaïl Bahri, Jim Campbell, Lygia Clark, Dušica Dražić, Alia Syed, Jorge Macchi, Renata Lucas, Tony Cruz Pabón, Christoph Fink, Marjolijn Dijkman, Maria Thereza Alves, Migrant Journal, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Luke Fowler, Sven Augustijnen.
The works in this exhibition will create an awareness of how different elements are entangled in a network of relations. The complexity and relational nature in the works offer a change of perspective of the world and our place in it. With Kamilla Langeland, Andrew Amorim, Ane Graff, Jenine Marsh, Toril Johannessen & Marjolijn Dijkman and Juan-Pedro Fabra Guemberena. Curated by Randi Grov Berger.
The exhibition Post-Water is part of a global debate on a theme of great collective urgency. Water, the most essential natural element that generates and guarantees the maintenance of life, is only one of the goods that suffer from the acute crisis of the sense of responsibility of our time. Melting of glaciers, pollution of seas and oceans, desertification of lakes and rivers. These are the most disturbing images that the Anthropocene era was able to produce, altering the natural balance at every level.
Water Tapes is a public program from 22 January till 22 February with: Neha Choksi, Marjolijn Dijkman & Toril Johannessen and Julius Von Bismarck.
Navigating Polarities, with new solo and collaborative works by Marjolijn Dijkman, measures the blind spots of anthropocentric perspectives alongside – in underwater filmmaker Jean Painlevé’s words – “the mysteries and miracles of nature”. The immersive video installation Navigating Polarities (2018) spans the cosmic to the cellular, from the forcefields of the universe to the balance – or imbalance – between mind and body, humanity and ecology. Reclaiming Vision (2018), a film made in collaboration with Toril Johannessen, focuses on aquatic life forms that are invisible to the eye but that have been affected by human activity. A series of photographic prints in heightened colors, titled Aberrations (2018) zooms in on the timely concern of global marine pollution.
Coltan as Cotton is a single, drawn-out continuum lasting more than a year, focussing on ecology, inequality, de-growth, solidarity and racism as major themes through films, installations and performances. With:Amandine Gay, Bie Michels, Black Speaks Back, Black(s) to the Future, Cadine Navarro, Call it Anything, Christian Nyampeta, Coyote, Daniela Ortiz, Emmanuel Owusu-Bonsu, Fallon Mayanja, Greyzone Zebra, Hikaru Fujii, Jelena Jureša, Laura Nsengiyumva, Léopold Lambert, Maria Lucia Cruz Correia, Mark Požlep, Monique Mbeka Phoba, Natascha Sadr Haghighian & Ashkan Sepahvand, On-Trade-Off (Picha & Enough Room for Space), Raphaël Grisey & Bouba Touré, Robin Vanbesien, Saddie Choua, Samira Saleh, Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide), The Black Archives & Raul Balai, The Writer's Bench. Curated by: Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez
The sculptural installation Liquid Properties, realised in collaboration with Toril Johannessen, is currently on view at Verbeke Foundation, a private art site where culture, nature and ecology go hand in hand.
The installation consist of hand blown glass objects in a variety of shapes reminiscing of lab equipment glassware, buoys, ecospheres and water lenses. The glass objects are containers for samples of water taken from various sources, and are held by a meandering metal framework in a laboratory like set-up. Each of the containers have one or more lenses integrated in the glass body, slightly magnifying the organisms, particles and pollutants inside.
Our times are characterised by pragmatism, rationality and economy. Often, especially in epochs of this kind, people's desire for magic and magic, for unfathomable powers, is awakened. As alternative models to strictly scientific facts, incomprehensible phenomena are also of great interest to artists. The exhibition demonstrates how artists deal with miraculous phenomena and the human desire for magic.
With: Maria José Arjona, Roger Aupperle, Anna und Bernhard Blume, Böhler & Orendt + Felix Burger, Marjolijn Dijkman, Brad Downey, Lili Fischer, Mathilde ter Heijne, Andriy Hir, Bianca Patricia Isensee, Jürgen Klauke, Hartmut Landauer, Nikolai Nekh, Antonio Paucar, Jan Hendrik Pelz & Johanna Mangold + Jonathan Meese, Gabriela Oberkofler, Helga Schmidhuber, Jeremy Shaw, Maria Volokhova.