Opening: 27.11.2015 /start: 7pm
Place: UP Gallery, Richardstrasse 43
UP Gallery is proud to present ‘Stories From The End’ a group show of the Lensbased class of Hito Steyerl.
Antonia Cattan, Josh Crowle, Alice Dalgalarrondo, Domenico Distilo, Charlotte Eifler, Elektra KB, Adrian Gutzelnig, Georgina Hill, Paida Larsen, Anna Kędziora, Aurelio Kopainig, Barbara Marcel, Julia Mensch, Maximillian Schmoetzer, Bruno Siegrist ,Dan Ward, Nina Wiesnagrotzki, Till Wittwer.
Lecture performances by Till Wittwer and Bruno Siegrist will start at 19:30.
be it lie or be it truth
let the earth open up
and close again
will tell it again
– popular storytelling refrain from the riverine regions of the southern pacific.
Capitalist expansion, imperial violence, mass displacements, global warming, surveillance, infotainment, genetic manipulation, and more capitalism. Such is the maelstrom of news stories we are immersed in daily in increasingly accelerating times. Information is supposed to help us make sense of these unfolding events and democracy is meant to help us contest the forces that shape our lives. But increasingly both of these outlets are being put into question, leaving us stranded and confused online or on the streets. We seek refuge in friendships, work, the advancement of our personal careers, romance and self-enhancing (de)vices. Some of these intensify the links that connect us, others just leave us deserted and isolated. We are exhausted, yet we continue to try to understand.
The violence of the present moment is only modulated by its complex and confused form. To speak, to show, to tell, to intervene and to participate, in this context, are risky gestures, always haunted by the spectre of failure. The show in UP Gallery, brings together several works by young artists that do not shy away from taking on the present conjuncture in its violent and confused entirety. Using different approaches and modes of inquiry (personal experience, research, activism, found footage and digital imagery), and travelling vast distances from mountains to sea, space to earth, from the material to the ethereal, the works remain nonetheless grounded in a plane of immediacy, connected to specific people, landscapes, objects and histories. A theme we find ourselves returning to again and again is colonialism, perhaps less as a concrete historic event than as an ongoing process of displacement and destruction, but also make-belief and inscription, that modernity requires.
With the crisis of capital, climate and democratic legitimation comes the crisis of knowledge. The overabundance of image-information finds its double in the confusion of meaning. How to make sense of what one sees? How to spot the difference between truth and fiction, science and religion? Do we need a script to tell coherent stories? How does the internet change the way we tell stories?