TONSPUR 71: Paul Plamper (GER): FUTURE DEALERS
8-channel sound work plus 7-part poster series in the TONSPUR_passage
Opening: Sun Aug 21, 17:00
They are here. They are from the future. And the future is African. Two Afronauts have landed with their spaceship in the TONSPUR_passage of the MQ Wien and are contacting passers-by. As historians from the future they are undertaking a study of the strange species of people that inhabeted Europe in 2016. They are researching the roots of what they call the Nation Under A Groove – the African-centered world nation of the future. One passer-by immediately mistakes them for drug dealers because they are African, and directs racial abuse at them. However as more highly developed beings from the future they are blind to skin colour. With another passer-by, they analyse the desperate attempt to construct difference. Is racial distinction in this society a fetish, or part of a primitive cult?
The Afronauts show the woman their Mothership, and give her a glimpse of the future. They explain what society in the future will have to do with the groove. Funk music is an interactive system with no hierarchy between the musical elements. The Afronauts are looking for its musical origins, which extend back to the Afro-American music of the 1970s by Sun Ra and Parliament/Funkadelic. They both ask passers-by how much they know about the first signs to appear in Europe that the future of the planet would be decided in Africa. Do we know about today’s currently developing informal parallel economies, like System D in Namibia, which avoid the power of corrupt governments and neo-colonial Western corporations? About the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Portuguese in the booming economy of Angola? The Afronauts try to find out what went wrong in our time, why Europe could develop later into the planet’s problem province.
Picture: Detail of the front cover of the Parliament album "The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein", © Ron Slenzak.
www.tonspur.atAug 22 thru Oct 29, daily 10-20:00
Guest designer in September at Combinat
EVERYBODY HAS GOT SOMETHING TO HIDE EXCEPT ME AND MY MONKEY
No English description available.
www.iamyou.atSep 01 thru Sep 30.09., Tue-Sat 12-19:00
01 raisins in the π pie
Exhibition in the SCHAURAUM Angewandte
Venue: SCHAURAUM Angewandte
01 raisins in the π pie is presented as a counter-concept to what has long characterized digital art: disembodiment and dematerialisation. Binary code is here correlated to global ressources and rituals.
PRINZpod work together as an interdisciplinary team since 1984.
Drawing: PRINZpod 2016Sep 08 thru Nov 13, daily 10-22:00
NOW AND TOMORROW: Detached
Exhibition in the EIKON Schaufenster
Opening and presentation EIKON issue #95: Tue Sep 13, 19:00
Venue: EIKON Schaufenster, Electric Avenue
The exhibition "Detached" explores a new possibility on the idea of reproduction—a process playing a key role in capitalism. The collage emphasizes the consecutive results of mass-production such as loss of originality, especially in art and is the method of choice of NOW AND TOMORROW. Simultaneously, the artists analyze newly formed, in other words, reproduced objects, and question the resurrection of their uniqueness after detaching them from their original context. In the unique space of the EIKON Schaufenster, the artists create a site-specific installation which separates the audience from the over-saturated, mundane environment of everyday life, while inviting us to have an innovative view on the correlation between everyday objects and ourselves.
NOW AND TOMORROW is an artist duo, founded by Sergei Sviatchenko (DK) and Noriko Okaku (UK/JP) in 2014. The artists met in July 2010 when Noriko Okaku visited Denmark. At their first meeting, the artists found out that both of them share the fascination for the magic of collage art, which naturally made them collaborate together.
At the evening of the opening, the new issue of EIKON (#95) will be launched.
Image: © Sergei Sviatchenko
www.eikon.atSep 14 thru Oct 30, daily 10-22:00
Sep 14 thru Oct 31, daily 10-22:00