An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...
Zoe Butt is the artistic director of The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, the first purpose-built space for contemporary art in Vietnam. Founded in March 2016, the Centre was designed by HTAP Architects in an old steel warehouse, with cargo shipping containers added to its structure. Initiated as a social enterprise...
即将于2019年7月13开幕的第二届 Condo Shanghai，联合上海7座画廊/艺术机构与14 家来自全球11个不同的城市，如东京、首尔、雅加达、巴尔的摩、洛杉矶、伦敦、纽约、危地马拉城、利马和墨西哥城，为实验性展览营造了一个更切实可行的国际环境。以下是Ocula的展览看点。周奥，《景观/对象WA》（2016）。橡木上固化油墨打印，左: 55.88 × 147.32 cm，中: 121.92 × 152.4 cm，右: 55.88 × 147.32 cm，图片提供：马凌画廊，上海。马凌画廊 × 80m2 Livia Benavides × LABOR × Proyectos Ultravioleta马凌画廊 |...
Some things can never be seen or known, but this unknowability is itself a sort of conjecture. We cannot be sure of this.
Sunlight takes 8 minutes to reach the earth, the light on the trees or the pavement outside is from the past. Some people believe that remembering also involves a certain deletion of the memory itself, a gentle erasure, in the way that sunlight gradually effects pigments, making them evermore faint, in the way that a shirt will bleach if left too long in sunlight.
A basement space, underneath, one without windows, seemingly isolated, nevertheless makes us think vividly of the outside world. What is absent becomes present. Extended periods of darkness conjure extravagant images and hallucinations in those that have been subjected to this darkness, almost as if the visual vacuum must be filled. What is in our unconscious mind fills this void.
There are many problems for our understanding of the world, including the so-called hard problem. The philosopher David Chalmers speaks of 'The hard problem of consciousness' as being 'how physical processes in the brain give rise to the subjective experience of the mind and of the world.' 'It is one of the most familiar facts in the world that we have this subjective experience but is also one of the most mysterious, why is it that these physical processes in the brain should produce subjective experience, why doesn't it go on in the dark...'1
Artworks can be seen as a physical manifestation of thought, thought in all its richness, analytical, conscious and unconscious, making 'real' those 'images' from the darkness.
Sometimes the artist is seeing or observing others, unconscious of this watching, as in the case of Miroslav Tichý. The subjects are caught unawares, in reflection and in their own other than conscious minds, in the unknowability of thought.
Galerie Christian Lethert would like to thank Fergus Feehily and Daniel Lergon for organising this exhibition, the artists Julia Dubsky, Sophie Erlund, Pius Fox, Roman Gysin, Kathrin Sonntag, Mark Swords and the galleries Å+, Berlin; Conrads, Düsseldorf; Delmes & Zander, Köln; Kadel Willborn, Düsseldorf; Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin; Pablo's Birthday, New York; PSM, Berlin.
1 Hard Problem of Consciousness-David Chalmers, Serious Science. Published on YouTube, July 5, 2016. David Chalmers is Professor of Philosophy and Neural Science at NYU.
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