August 16, 2017, 2 PM
Many thanks to Michaela Richter introducing our participants to the history and the program of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) and the exhibition AGGREGATE by Alexandra Pirici.
Curator: Raluca Voinea
Light design: Andrei Dinu
Exhibition Dates: August 12 – 17, 2017
Location: Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)
Opening Hours: Saturday – Wednesday 2 – 6 PM, Thursday 6 – 8 PM
Address: Chausseestrasse 128/129, 10115 Berlin
“Neuer Berliner Kunstverein presents the first solo exhibition of Alexandra Pirici in Germany. Conceived as a living environment, the exhibition Aggregate forms the framework for more than 80 performers, who together with the visitors define the exhibition space in a swarm movement. Based on embodied memories that negotiate fragments of the common world heritage, the work referrs to mankind’s attempt to preserve essential aspects of its existence in time capsules, such as NASA’s “Voyager Golden Records”, comprising selected information on life on Earth in order to make it available for other, alien species.
Pirici addresses such an “ark” as a process, in which information is subjectively selected and transformed, fitting into categories such as life forms, sounds from Earth, cultural achievements, scientific techniques and knowledge, but also inanimate objects and the uncategorizable. The chosen elements are redefined in the process of their transmission. In Aggregate, this action emerges in a constant stream of bodies, which includes the visitors of the exhibition; selected common memories belonging to different canons and historical stages emerge and disappear through enactment. In this way, the living environment adapts, multiplies and amplifies individual and collective proposals; instances or images—either canonical or less recognizable—undergo a process of abstraction, of being embodied, digested and produced anew. By hybridizing the one with the many, what is archived and understood as exemplary is revealed as always multiple, as always becoming. The performed selection is distributed in time, throughout the duration of the exhibition, by irregular patterns, emphasizing the randomness and fragmentary access to the personal and collective stack of memory and knowledge.” (Text excerpt from the press release by courtesy of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein)
More information on the n.b.k. Website.