“Waste grounds are the most concrete emblems of every economic cycle.” - Roberto Saviano, Gomorrah (2006)
The exhibition Against the idea of growth, towards poetry (or, how to build a universe that doesn’t fall apart two days later) borrows its title from the writings of Philip K. Dick and Franco “Bifo” Berardi. Exploring the relationships between art, technology and everyday life, it reflects on the complex processes that shape our current economic, cultural and social realities, and how human and non-human agents combine in the global flows of capital. It explores our reliance on algorithmic logic; the preoccupation with numbers, calculations, efficiency, progress and profit that seems to extend to all dimensions of human life. Waste and debt reflect the larger realities and ecological consequences of the desire for endless growth and accumulation of objects. Artists in the show present different models of value, informed by the renewed interest in alternative economics, de-growth, and ideas related to common-wealth.
For the exhibition Kunsthal Aarhus has commissioned new works from the artists Fran Gallardo, Mogens Jacobsen, Jakob Kolding, Lise Skou.
Systemics #3: Projects & Events:
18 January, 2-4pm - Talks: Georgios Papadopoulos, Lanfranco Aceti
20 January, 10am-6pm - Seminar: Georgios Papadopoulos
19 February, 5-6pm - Book Launch: Museum of Ordure, Antipyrine
08 March, 2-2.30pm - Performing the text: Lise Skou
29 March, 4-6pm - Performance: Fran Gallardo
The exhibition is made possible with generous support of Statens Kunstfond, DIVA, Aarhus Kommunes Kulturudviklingspulje, Aarhus University.