And when the rain begins to fall, I’ll be that girl going from one exhibition to the next. Finally: more time to spend our days and evenings inside enormous cultural hubs, contemplating our lives and the meaning of art in the context of their makers intentions. I’m trying to see the positive in this demonic weather.
Anyway, the “no touch” approach to art can get pretty tiresome too. That’s why I want to put special emphasis on the new Ars Electronica exhibition at the VW Automobil Forum Unter den Linden. It is more than just a “come in and just sit and watch” type of collection. Going by the motto “Impetus and Movement”, the whole exhibition invites the spectator not only to commit to seeing, but to experiencing and feeling.
Prepare to be scientifically tested and stunned: everything is movement here. From the popular viral videos exhibited (remember the clever OK Go gigs?) to the fascinating body works of the Parcours passionates. Some of my favorite pieces of moving art was a miniature train that went around a landscape of office supplies in the dark. With its attached light it threw an amazing shadow of a practically “grown up” city scape on the wall. It’s shabby to describe such a thing without getting into much detail, I know. But most of us were definitely mesmerized. Take it as a hint to go and see the exhibition yourself.
Of course — as always — there is a philosophical context to the event. Before I catastrophically try and re-phrase it, here is a short insight into what the curators were going for:
None of our other habitats, in order to make peaceful coexistence possible at all, necessitates such a complex composition of how human beings live together — a set of rules that circumscribes every aspect of our lives but at the same time opens up behavioral latitude to the greatest extent possible. One that defines itself as a commitment to every person’s right of self-determination, but that also demarcates clear boundaries. However, this container, so to speak, that is the sum of all conceivable compromises must never be capped and sealed; it has to be understood as an ongoing process that is made to keep moving by applying one new impetus after another. If that doesn’t occur or does to an insufficient extent, resistance arises.(- taken from the Ars Electronica website)
Don’t expect to be standing around in your vintage hat and blazer while considering a picture you really didn’t understand for the fifth time. This is not how the Ars Electronica works. But if you’re ready to get your mind blown by simple scientific achievements, you’ll have an hour or two of absolute bliss and wonderful experiences.
From 12. 7. 2012 — 16. 09. 2012. Doors are open every day from 10 am to 8 pm.
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