Museum für Fotografie
infection is necessary for complexity, a friend once said. the habitat for this experiment may well be hostile.
Moles is the seventh part of the ongoing series Seen By, a collaboration between the Universität der Künste Berlin and Kunstbibliothek der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin im Museum für Fotografie, introduced to challenge curatorial and artistic strategies for working with photography in contemporary art.
Moles is the materialization of a collaborative practice developed among nine students and one curator through an ongoing set of conversations central to the process of finding and negotiating common interests, points of conflict, and artistic approaches. The exhibition elaborates a net structure between sub-groups with an emphasis on its formal aspects, such as color and light, narration, score and wrap. These define the exhibition’s basic set-up. On view is an installation with photographs, text, video, sound and sculpture. It adopts the aesthetics of transit-spaces, such as the Irish Pub at an airport. At places like these, encounters are volatile and accidental: the everyday commuter clashes with a fledgling adventurer, the world-weary deserter with a magician. Different missions mingle for a temporary shared purpose. A whale lies stranded in front of the exhibition space.
Seen By #7: Moles is ideated and produced by Carl Berzow, Mania Godarzani-Bakhtiari, Isabel Gatzke, Max Göran, Annika Högner, Elias Johansson, Ekaterina Reinbold, Carolina Soares, Michel Wagenschütz and curator Egija Inzule. Each participant has a different history of working in collective artistic constellations and running self-organized cultural spaces, both inside and outside of university, including D.U.M.P., hec, HellFun, Interflugs, Institut S 3000, No play, Raumerweiterungshalle, Roda/Born, UdK Fachschaftsräte, among others.
The exhibition will also be on view at kim? Contemporary Art Center in Riga from January 29th until March 12th 2017.
Seen By #7 is part of the exhibition series Seen By, a joint project presented at the Museum für Fotografie and organized by the Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). Its aim is to rethink curatorial and artistic strategies for working with contemporary photography. More information: www.smb.museum/seenby
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