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ars viva 09/10 – Geschichte / History

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In a time of increasing media dominance, where we are exposed daily to ever greater amounts of data, and our sense of time is steered seasonally and by the speed of the fashion and design industries (amongst others), even the most up-to-date things rapidly become outmoded. In this context, the preoccupation with history appears to offer a possibility to pause and slow down. This year the renowned ars viva exhibition, organised by the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft, awarded prizes to Mariana Castillo Deball, Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda and Dani Gal, artists who have converged anew on the term “history”, accommodating societal developments not purely attributed to confusing and increasingly rapid forums of communication. Castillo Deball, Chung & Maeda, and Dani Gal examine historical fragments, documents, and objects under a new light. The artists take on the roles of amateur archaeologists as they work with found objects and fragments; even though it is clear that all four prizewinning display an obvious interest in historical objects, not one of them actually provides any sort of conclusion about history as a whole. Rather, they play an associative game, which formally resembles Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas, while reflecting upon personal encounters with objects and places.

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Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e.V.

Mariana Castillo Deball
Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda
Cathy Lane
Raimundas Malašauskas
Christiane Mennicke Schwarz
Jeronimo Voss

ISBN: 978-3-7757-2527-9
October 2009
Softcover, 34 x 34 cm
141 pages
Images: b/w, color

Published by Hatje Cantz Verlag