Episode 4: tireless workers
Francis Alÿs, David Brognon & Stéphanie Rollin, Moritz Frei, Isabelle Giovacchini, Klara Hobza, Letizia Romanini, Takahiro Suzuki, Guido van der Werve, Mai Yamashita & Naoto Kobayashiinsitu Berlin15.11.2013–18.01.2014
In the group show »Episode 4: tireless workers« insitu collective presents artistic positions and artworks that are devoted to fulfilling absurd, maybe even senseless tasks. Metaphorically these artworks can be described as Sisyphean actions, impressive by their strength to tirelessly continue a task, which most others would probably consider useless. The exhibition focuses on artistic strategies, which tend to give priority to time, effort and repetition over efficiency. These art pieces follow one of the great luxuries of art – the freedom to realize (performative) tasks which do not necessarily follow what one would call a productive goal, but are instead more interested in trying to realize an idea no matter how crazy, painful or impossible it seems.The exhibition is part of insitu collective's Cycle I, which presented six episodes that dealt with fundamental questions surrounding the production of art: from the blank wall of the studio, to the jungle of the art market.
15.11.2013–18.01.2014OPENING Thursday 14.11.2013, 6.00–9.00pminsitu Berlin (former location)Kurfürstenstrasse 21–22, Berlin-SchönebergThis exhibition is part of insitu collective's Cycle I, which also included:»Episode 1: rules of attraction«»Episode 2: sabotage«»Episode 3: cézanne beats pollock«»Episode 5: in the beginning«»Episode 6: blank page«»Episode 7: another space«
Images top - bottom:
Mai Yamashita & Naoto Kobayashi »Infinity in Berlin« (still) 2008.
Moritz Frei »Divide et impera« 2011-13 (performance during the opening night). Courtesy the artist. Photo: insitu e.V.
Moritz Frei »Divide et impera« 2011-13. Courtesy the artist. Photo: insitu e.V.
Letizia Romanini »Ohne Titel (Schwankend)« (detail) 2012. Courtesy the artist. Photo: insitu e.V.
David Brognon & Stéphanie Rollin »The Most Beautiful Attempt« (still) 2012.