The ar/ge kunst Gallery Museum of Bolzano is situated in the Via Museo near the South Tyrolean Archaeological Museum. The Gallery Museum presents a year up to 7 show regional and international artists.
In 2015 ar/ge kunst celebrates thirty years since its foundation in 1985. To mark this anniversary the entire annual programme will serve as a critical reflection on the history of ar/ge kunst and on the Kunstverein as the institutional model that has characterized it since the beginning.
Through the various practices of the participating artists, this process of self-examination will centre on the exhibition as a mode of research, production, collaboration and restitution; a space and time conceived to facilitate reciprocity and mutual influence between the exhibitions and the accompanying program of public discussions, workshops and performances.
ar/ge is an abbreviation of Arbeitsgemeinschaft (working group).
The first exhibition project of 2015 is entitled "Spatial Dispositions" and has been devised by Italian artist Aldo Giannotti (b. 1977, lives and works in Vienna). As a progressive examination of ar/ge kunst itself, Spatial Dispositions will operate as the introduction to the anniversary program.
The history and economics of ar/ge kunst, its mission statement and ambitions, its responsibilities towards members and visitors, its relationship to its cultural and political context are here translated into projects for potential installations and performances.
From 11th September to 21st November 2015
Opening, Friday 11th September 2015 7 pm
Curated by Emanuele Guidi
Choreography by Claudia Tomasi
With this exhibition project by Ingrid Hora, ar/ge kunst continues to reflect on its thirty years of activity as Bolzano/Bozen's Kunstverein and on the meaning of its own name (ar/ge kunst as Arbeitsgemeinschaft or working group).
You play this game, which is said to hail from China. And I tell you that what Paris needs right now is to welcome that which comes from far away. (Der Grillentöter / L'Ammazzagrilli) is the first phase of a body of research that Hora is carrying out under the title freizeyt, or "leisure time". Her research considers leisure time as a key concept through which to observe and investigate the forms of collaboration and organization that operate in and regulate society.
Against the backdrop of the progressive disappearance of the border between leisure time and labour time under semio-capitalism, in this exhibition Hora traces a series of historical references that make explicit how the management of leisure time in "productive" terms is a preoccupation that emerges with modernity.
She looks at the institutions and associative forms that began to proliferate in Europe at the beginning of the nineteenth century (mainly in central Europe) and the way the modern state made it possible for people to meet outside working hours. Three focal points of her research are the Vereine (the root of the word Kunstverein), Schrebergärten and Turnplätze – all of which imply the possibility of combining cultural and recreational activities with the educational, the civic and the political.
At the same time, Hora is also interested in another minor phenomenon that occured in Europe around the same period: the spread of Tangram, a sort of puzzle or pastime imported from China. The game begins with seven elements arranged in a square and then proceeds with the composition of thousands of possible abstract or figurative forms.
The title of the exhibition quotes a vignette from the box of a Tangram set from that era and conveys the need to welcome different perspectives on how to ‘pass time’. In answer to this appeal, Hora makes all these apparently disparate elements converge, constructing a personal grammar that facilitates the migration of forms and perspectives.
The time and space of the exhibition are articulated by seven sculptures – translations of sports equipment and the Tangram set itself – which produce a sort of potentially performable and functional gymnasium where two videos and one performance are also presented. These videos and the performance were realized in collaboration with choreographer Claudia Tomasi and the male voice choir of Völs am Schlern, an association from the South Tirol.
If on the one hand this setting appears to favour collective forms of exercise, on the other it implies that "logic of competition" which, to paraphrase the German sociologist Hartmut Rosa's Alienation and Acceleration, is intrinsic to both sport and economics.
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