Extra City


22 Jan - 02 May 2010

Daria Martin, Soft Materials, 2004
Étienne-Jules Marey, Buse volant avec l'appareil qui signale les mouvements décrits par l'extrémité de son aile, 1886
Joachim Koester, To navigate, in a genuine way, in the unknown necessitates an attitude of daring, but not one of recklessness (movements generated from the magical passes of Carlos Castaneda), 2009, courtesy Jan Mot, Brussel
Len Lye, Tusalava, 1929, courtesy Len Lye Foundation, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand Film Archive
Rosemarie Trockel, Cologne Nightingale, 1991, copyright Rosemarie Trockel, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2009, courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin Londen
ANIMISM is a long-term exhibition and publication project first presented between 22 January and 2 May 2010 in Antwerp in a collaboration between Extra City Kunsthal Antwerpen and the Museum of Contemporary Art (M HKA).

In a second stage the exhibition will move to Kunsthalle Bern from May till July 2010. Subsequent versions will be developed at the Generali Foundation in Vienna and the House of World Cultures in Berlin (with the Free University Berlin) in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

The exhibition responds to a new interest in animism as a concept through which to understand the world and specifically our relation to things, animals and nature differently.

ANIMISM takes as its starting point what was once the backdrop against which modernity defined itself – the boundaries between the animate and inanimate, culture and nature, life and non-life – and critically reflects on the forms of knowledge and power and the aesthetic systems that it produced.

Coined by 19th century anthropologists in the context of the colonial encounter, animism was understood as a ‘primitive’ belief or psychological mechanism through which objects are endowed with a soul, agency and personhood.

Fuelled by changing political constellations, ecological crisis, new technologies and shifting power relations, these modern distinctions are questioned on a massive scale. ANIMISM outlines a challenging perspective to rethink present-day relations in the world.

The exhibition ANIMISM brings together contemporary and historical works that explore the modern boundary between humans and non-humans, the animate and inanimate.

An accompanying catalogue – published by Sternberg Press in two volumes, the first of which will be launched in February 2010 – connects several recent endeavours to rethink animism from a variety of perspectives, and traces their various historical genealogies.

With works by:
Agency, Art and Language, Christian W. Braune and Otto Fischer, Marcel Broodthaers, Paul Chan, Didier Demorcy, Walt Disney, Lili Dujourie, Jimmie Durham, Eric Duvivier, Thomas A. Edison, Harun Farocki, Leon Ferrari, Christopher Glembotzky, Victor Grippo, Brion Gysin, Igloolik Isuma Productions, Luis Jacob, Ken Jacobs, Darius James, Joachim Koester, Louise Lawler, Len Lye, Etienne-Jules Marey, Daria Martin, Angela Melitopoulos and Maurizio Lazzarato, Wesley Meuris, Henri Michaux, Santu Mofokeng, Vincent Monnikendam, Tom Nicholson, Otobong Nkanga, Reto Pulfer, Felix-Louis Regnault, Jozef Robakowski, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Paul Sharits, Yutaka Sone, Jan Svankmajer, David G. Tretiakoff, Rosemarie Trockel, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Dziga Vertov, Klaus Weber, Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Concept: Anselm Franke
Curators Antwerp: Anselm Franke (Director Extra City Antwerp), Edwin Carels (Researcher KASK/HoGent), Bart De Baere (Director M HKA Antwerp); Bern: Anselm Franke, Philippe Pirotte (Director Kunsthalle Bern); Vienna: Anselm Franke, Sabine Folie (Director Generali Foundation Vienna)

Extra City, Tulpstraat 79, BE-2060 Antwerp, www.extracity.org
M HKA, Leuvenstraat 32, BE-2000 Antwerp, www.muhka.be

Tags: Marcel Broodthaers, Paul Chan, Lili Dujourie, Jimmie Durham, Harun Farocki, León Ferrari, Victor Grippo, Brion Gysin, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Luis Jacob, Ken Jacobs, Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven, Joachim Koester, Art & Language, Louise Lawler, Len Lye, Étienne Jules Marey, Daria Martin, Angela Melitopoulos, Henri Michaux, Santu Mofokeng, Tom Nicholson, Otobong Nkanga, Reto Pulfer, Józef Robakowski, Paul Sharits, Yutaka Sone, Rosemarie Trockel, Klaus Weber, Apichatpong Weerasethakul