At Haus der Kulturen der Welt… 14 march-09 may: Opening 13 march
This event is exploring the culture of rage. Considering, is there a new kind of rage, emerged out of all kinds of economic and political crises and states of emergency?
ON RAGE will take a closer look at both the deconstructive part of rage aswell as at its transformitive potential into something positive and constructive.
The program constantly shifts its focus by allowing genres to interplay: The exhibition formulates artistic statements that intervene in the discussions, readings and talks. We are dealing here with sublimated, condensed rage. Lectures held every Wednesday draw up a contemporary phenomenology of this primary effect within a political, philosophical, and postcolonial context. Films take on the subject of rage associatively and performances open up other approaches to the artistic and theoretical positions. Visitors have the unique opportunity to explore their own creative potential in “Rage Rooms” . Here they can take a look at the works of the exhibition in the light of Berlin’s social issues. The program concludes with a Rage Summit“: dialogues, open discussions and ReReadings of key texts – from Bataille to Che Guevara and Darwin to Sloterdijk.
With works by: Shoja Azari (Iran), Jimmie Durham (USA), Regina José Galindo (Guatemala), Tadeusz Kantor (PL), Klara Lidén (S), Michael Rakowitz (USA), Reloading Images (Iran / USA, I / UK, Iran / D, D, Iran / USA, Egypt), Seher Shah (USA) and a specially developed “Discursive Architecture” by ifau (D).
Curated by Valerie Smith
More information on the exhibition:
Eight artistic statements protesting intolerable conditions, ranging from the “dead” classroom by the extraordinary Polish artist Tadeusz Kantor to Jimmie Durham’s unmasking of America’s founding myth in “Building a Nation”, to Regina José Galindo’s opening performance: her own gold teeth become the metaphor not only for the exploitation of Latin America, but also call forth associations of the brutality of the “Third Reich”. The works take on today’s global reality – not by reflecting or reproducing it, but by distilling its essence. Thus, Michael Rakowitz, son of Iraqi-Jewish immigrants to the U.S., creates from Arab packaging materials a replica of the Ishtar Gate (“May the Arrogant Not Prevail”), which in present-day Iraq has turned into a tourist attraction for American soldiers. A papier-mâché copy of a copy, since the “real” Ishtar Gate has been located in Berlin since 1930. The work is one of four commissioned works created especially for this exhibition.
The opening event takes place this saturday, march the 13th, at 6pm and is free of admission. Here you´ll find works by: Shoja Azari (Iran), Jimmie Durham (USA), Regina José Galindo (Guatemala), Tadeusz Kantor (PL), Klara Lidén (S), Michael Rakowitz (USA), Reloading Images (Iran / USA, I / UK, Iran / D, D, Iran / USA, Egypt), Seher Shah (USA) and a specially developed “Discursive Architecture ‘by IFAU (D);
The evening opens with a performance and artisitc talk by Regina Jose Galindo. Followed by more artist talk by Michael Rakowitz. A documetary film starts at 8pm. A re-reading at 9.30pm, Birol Ünel reads Allen Ginsbergs Howl
For the exact programm klick here.