Antje Majewski

The World of Gimel. How to Make Objects Talk

01.10.2011-15.01.2012


Opening: October 1, 2011, 11am
Curated by: Adam Budak, Antje Majewski

Living the Museum
 

 

The alchemy of things is at the core of a multimedial project by the German artist, Antje Majewski (1968) which aims at rethinking the representation and meaning of objects in the form of a highly personal and quasi surreal collection. In other words, based upon the investigation of various museums and collections, including the profound research into the encyclopeadic structure of the 200-years old Universalmuseum Joanneum, her (private) collection of inanimate objects is the artist’s utopian and subversive (and a seemingly absurd…) take at how to make objects talk. Thus Majewski’s own private museum is a sort of language laboratory – a rhizomatic structure of multilayered connections, a hybride of babel and aleph which sums up an advanced museological experience as beyond-spiritual, universal and hyper semantics.

 

Realized within the pavilion-like architectural structure that combines painting, video, installation and a book, Majewski’s project refers to a variety of museum’s patterns, including the museum as a place of magical practices (such as, amongst others, a self-reassertion in regards of the current order of things), or the museums as a site of disrupture and cultural displacement regarding former or other orders and use of things. Systems of classifications / systematizations / symbolic orders are revisited through an almost hallucinatory process of questioning and question-posing, regarding the objects‘ ontologie(s): 
If we multiply the stories around an object, could this reveal it’s thingness in the center? Could it be possible to grow inanimate things in your garden? Is it possible to replace all inanimate art objects by one living object? Is there really a difference between inanimate and animate objects? Can objects speak? Does all matter think? Can we create objects that connect their thinking with ours?

Artists: Antje Majewski, with Thomas Bayrle, Helke Bayrle, Marcel Duchamp, Didier Faustino, Pawel Freisler, Delia Gonzalez, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Edward Krasinski, Leonore Mau, Markus Miessen & Ralf Pflugfelder, Dirk Peuker, Agnieszka Polska, Mathilde Rosier, Gavin Russom, Issa Samb, Juliane Solmsdorf, Simon Starling & Superflex, El Hadji Sy, Neal Tait

 

Catalouge

 

The exhibition is designed by Didier Faustino / Mésarchitecture (Paris) and the
alternative audioguide is composed and performed by experimental musician and writer Momus.

 

Alternative audioguide: Momus
Momus is the artist name of Nick Currie, born in Scotland in 1960. For over twenty years he's been releasing albums of songs on independent labels. From 2000 Momus began making performance art in New York galleries, improvising stories and serving as an "unreliable tour guide". Since 2009 he's published three books. Momus lives in Osaka, Japan.

 

Mathilde Rosier’s performance Cruising on the Deck will take place during the opening. Performed by the guests of the vernissage. 
Events accompanying the exhibition include a lecture by Chantal Mouffe and Marcus Steinweg, as well as a screeing of films by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Djibril Diop Mambéty.
 

 

Exhibition Sponsors

 

Kunsthaus Graz

Lendkai 1
, Österreich

 

Opening Hours


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Guided tours

Sun 2pm (en), Sat 3:30pm (ger), Sun, public holidays 11am (ger), exceptions may apply. For specific dates, please visit our calendar. Guided tours also on advance notice.

 

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Program and further material

Tuesday, 13.12.2011/06:00 PM , Space04

my own private cinema. Djibril Diop-Mambéty, Touki Bouki / Die kleine Verkäuferin der Sonne / Das Los

 

 

Thursday, 01.12.2011/07:00 PM , Space04

What is an Object?, Lecture by Marcus Steinweg

 

 

Tuesday, 18.10.2011/06:00 PM , Space04

my own private cinema. Alejandro Jodorowsky, "El Topo" and "The Holy Mountain"

 

 

Saturday, 01.10.2011/11:00 AM , Space01

Antje Majewski, The World of Gimel. How to Make Objects Talk

 

 

Saturday, 01.10.2011/12:00 PM , Needle

Cruising on the Deck, Mathilde Rosier

 

 

Saturday, 01.10.2011/09:30 AM , Space04

Guten Morgen in der Gimel-Welt!, Performative talk and breakfast

 

 

Friday, 30.09.2011/07:30 PM , Needle

Cosmopolitanism, Agonistic Politics and Artistic Practices