• Pinar Yoldas, The Kitty Al: Artifical Intelligence for Governance, 2016, Digital Video, Sound, 12:10‘, Courtesy: The Artist, Supported by SAHA foundation and Röda Sten Konsthall

    Owen Gump, The Narrows, 2016, Pigment Prints on Baryta Paper, 40 x 50 cm, Courtesy: The Artist and BQ, Berlin

    Roee Rosen, The Dust Channel, 2016, Digital Video, HD, Sound, 23 min, Courtesy: The Artist

    Flame, Al, 2016, 38,9 x 38,9 x 7,6 cm, Digital Print on PVC and Alu Frame, Courtesy: The Artist and Galerie Noah Klink

    Paul Spengemann, Walking Stick, 2017, Video, HD, Sound, 10 min, Courtesy: The Artist and Produzentengalerie Hamburg

    Yvonne Roeb, NeoZoon II, 2017, Collage, 24 x 33,5 cm, Copyright: Atelier Yvonne Roeb, Courtesy: Galerie Rupert Pfab, Düsseldorf

    Köken Ergun, I Soldier, 2005, Video, 7:14‘, Courtesy: The Artist

    Daniel Hartlaub, 2048 - When It All Began, 2015, Schwarz-Weiß Druck auf Vliestapete, 586 x 183 cm, Originalzeichnungen: Reisskohle auf Papier, Musik, Töne und Klänge: J Peter Schwalm, Courtesy: The Artist

    Mélodie Mousset, HanaHana, 2017, Courtesy: The Artist

    Alvin Lucier, Directions of Sounds from the Bridge, 1978, Installationsansicht im Nassauischen Kunstverein Wiesbaden 2017, Sound installation and performance for stringed instrument, audio oscillator and sound-sensitive lights, Courtesy: Der Künstler, Foto: Janine Drewes und Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden

    The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions

    04. November 2017 to 17. December 2017

    Opening / Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 6 to 8 p.m.

    The exhibition is promoted by the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain and stands under the thematic priority of TRANSIT.

    In cooperation with:

    B3 - Biennale des bewegten Bildes /
    November 29th to December 3rd, 2017
    Opneing of B3 / November 28th, 2017, 7 p.m.
    Schauspiel / Oper Frankfurt and
    Junghofstrasse 3, Frankfurt am Main

    exground filmfest 30 /
    November 17th to November 26th, 2017

    Biennale für Moderne Musik Frankfurt Rhein Main /
    November 22nd to November 26th, 2017

  • Köken Ergun / Flame / Owen Gump / Daniel Hartlaub /
    Alvin Lucier / Mélodie Mousset / Yvonne Roeb / Roee Rosen /
    Paul Spengemann / Pinar Yoldas

    Man‘s desire to penetrate unknown spheres, but also to develop new ideas to solve (supposed) problems and thus to simplify life, have led and still lead to absurd proliferations. The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions focuses on future visions of different and past generations of mankind. A decade after the publication by the American theorist Frederic Jameson with the same title in which he deals with two polarizing features of the era of globalization, his theses serve as the starting point for an international group exhibition. With a critical but also ironic view from the present the artists look at these future-oriented „improvements“ of the past or create further utopias or solutions for the future.

    The social significance of the development of breathtaking new technologies as well as the relationship between Science Fiction and Utopia are ironically commented on by the representation of the other, the life in foreign worlds, and the unmasking of failed Utopias. The alien or future worlds are moving between spheres of mythically saturated real nationalism and sterile, pink to violet virtual spaces in which avatars with super-powers are present. Mysterious high-tech plants are facing internment camps and vacuum cleaners. Ghostly stick insects meet talking artificial intelligence kitties, squeaky cheerful pop culture meets disasters that can be triggered by clicking on a smartphone app. In the end, love wins and string instruments compete with artificial light. Though without the corresponding film set, these scenes are a mixture of scares and fun.

    In videos, photographs, digital prints, graphic novels, as well as virtual reality and sound installations, the feasibility of Utopias and the reality content of science fiction are put under scrutiny. Is science fiction - viewed from a future perspective - a much greater reality than the concept first conveys?

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