The past year has seen a break in the regular flow of everyday life and was accompanied by experiences of isolation, termination, social distancing and activity carried out mostly in the virtual realm. This shift led to different responses among artists. Some saw it as an opportunity for conscious inner reflection into a quiet and slow incubator; while others saw the outside as a threatening noise, a paralyzing wave and act of disruption and interference in the order of the universe. This period that many deem “strange” and unusual, raises reflections on the future of art and culture, creativity and audiences, and demands a reexamination of the role of cultural institutions and museums, of accessibility of artistic materials, and of preserving the experience of observation and the observer.
Questions as to internal space, the external and political, the global, local, economic, social and humane are at the center of an experimental project initiated by the “Balcony” international network of curators, which seeks to evoke curatorial thought and artistic response in a way that bypasses the conventional dialog about COVID-19 and its implications.
This exhibition proposes to present an interpretation, code, theme and dictionary with respect to transmission and disruptive communications and linguistics or, to the contrary, a model of linkages and ways of communicating. The exhibition presents fluctuating relations between sound and pictures, sound and images, and types of noise and their visual representation. It highlights aspects of distortion and bisection of speech and language, exclusion of language from artistic vocal or linguistic creation in the spirit of Dadaistic manifest of Tristin Tzara (1918), this time however, in wake of the contemporary, global “war” that is claiming victims and leading to the collapse of order and to feelings of helplessness.
The exhibition encompasses an assortment of thoughts and positions outside of the political and ideological systems that are represented through language. They react to a range of voices and images, and to memory, order and its expropriation.
The exhibition was created by artists and curators from around the world for the urban space, while providing an experience of the street and its commotion. After scanning a QR code that is present on each work of art, a piece of sound or video art will be presented. The exhibition is simultaneously shown on windows of art and cultural institutions in a number of prominent cities around the world throughout 2020-2021.
Drorit Gur-Arie – Chief Curator of BALCONY
To date the project has been shown in the following locations:
APT Gallery (London)
Au QuinzE Artist Laboratory (Paris)
The Fourth Wall Gallery (Berlin)
Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design & Art at the University of West Bohemia (Plzeň)
Gallery of the Kibbutzim College (Tel Aviv)