Artists: Bettina Buck, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Romuald Hazoume, Sofia Hultén, Monika Stricker, Haegue Yang
Venue: KAI 10, Düsseldorf
Exhibition Title: The Stubborn Life of Things
Curated by: Julia Höner
Date: April 13 – July 27, 2013
Full gallery of video, images, press release and link available after the jump.
Sofia Hultén, Getting Rid of Stuff, 2001. 3-channel video, 19:39 min.
Sofia Hultén, One in Ten, 2011.Wood, 33 cm x 2 cm x 10 cm, Single-channel video, 14.26 min.
Sofia Hultén, Altered Fates, 2013. Single-channel video, 9:33 min.
Images and video courtesy of KAI 10, Düsseldorf. Photos by Anne Pöhlmann.
Wherever we come across human beings, we find them surrounded by things. Sometimes these fulfill functions necessary for survival, while at other times they are tools or toys, weapons or decorations, purchases or gifts. Many things in our environment, however, elude human absorption. In these cases, we are not in control of these things; instead, they take us under their wing. Objects in everyday use also occasionally have an uncontrollable secret life and formative energy of their own, which the exhibition at KAI 10 seeks to comprehend. Six international artists advance an understanding of things that goes beyond their function as human prostheses, as an archive of cultural practices, or as the simple materialization of higher (artistic) ideas. In videos, installations, sculptures, and photographs, the artists allow us to dive into the world of things, whose sensual guise can either seduce or provoke us, making them tangible, yet untranslatable at the same time. The works of art in this show encourage us to re-think the roles of clothes racks, automobiles, wall tiles, etc. as accomplices in human acts of all kinds.