Freitag, 25. November 2011

OSLO10 presents

Agnieszka Brzezanska, Aleksandra Domanovic, Karl Holmqvist, Reto Pulfer, Adriana Salazar Arroyo, Gernot Wieland, Amelie von Wulffen

November 25, 2011 to February 26, 2012

Opening: November 24, 2011, 7pm
With a lecture/performance “Things that leave me sleepless” by Gernot Wieland at 8 pm.
The lecture/performance will be repeated in English at the exhibition closing on February 26, 2012 at 4 pm.

Opening hours:
Thursday to Saturday, 2 – 6 pm

The current group exhibition signals the start of the second phase of the OSLO10 program. Following temporary, one-off events held inside and outside of the exhibition space, a series of solo and group exhibitions will take place from November 2011 until October 2012. The exhibition HOTAVANTGARDEHOTHOT bears the same title as that describing the two-year-long program of OSLO10.

The group show addresses the linguistic and social attributes of the avant-garde and its significance today. In the history of the visual arts, the avant-garde refers to the artistic movements that occurred at the start of the 20th century, and is inseparable from the discourse on modernity. Since the end of the 20th century, the term “avant-garde” has become especially fashionable within the culture industry: it is often used in describing new brands or certain lifestyles. Has the movement of art going forward, in search of new territories, become obsolete, and/or has its vanguard gone elsewhere today?

In contemporary artistic production, the notion of the avant-garde appears most prominently in critical or ironic observations and references. What unites the artists represented in this exhibition is their non-hierarchical treatment of available cultural material. They appropriate it by repeating pre-existing works (Karl Holmqvist, Reto Pulfer), shift its perception through radical fragmentation (Agnieska Brzezanska, Adriana Salazar Arroyo) and alter its meaning by changing its format. They use the aesthetics and techniques of arts and crafts, scientific exposition and applied art and question the value and relevance of the artwork today (Karl Holmqvist, Gernot Wieland, Amelie von Wulffen). The old avant-garde utopias no longer seem appropriate for the times – the wish for change and the attack on existing norms, however, has not yet been lost. Hence the monuments appear in several works, as symbols of established and rigid dogmas – as fragments of a failed ideology in the work of Adriana Salazar Arroyo, and as the means of creating a new identity and a new historical awareness in the works of Aleksandra Dominic and Gernot Wieland.

Today, the realization and implementation of forward movements have become subtler and the abandonment of what has become a historical concept of the “avant-garde” reflects a democratization of the art system. Contemporary artists now have numerous channels of distribution and communication at their disposal and the access to art and its comprehension is no longer limited to a small few. Thus artists such as Aleksandra Domanovic reflect the distribution and production possibilities of the electronic media and use it systematically for their own works. In this sense, the exhibition HOTAVANTGARDEHOTHOT reflects on the intermediate state both for and against the avant-garde(s) and presents individual reflections on its accomplishments, its influence as well as its failure.

Photos: Serge Hasenböhler

Photos: Em Yamaguchi

Sonntag, 2. Oktober 2011

OSLO10 outdoors, 25.10.2011, 7pm

Pioneers to the Falls
Jérémie Gindre, Aloïs Godinat, Markus Müller,
Mandla Reuter, Valentina Stieger

26.10. - 30.10.2011 Opening: 25.10.2011, 7pm
Opening hours, 26.10. - 30.10.2011: 2pm - 6pm
OSLO10, Oslostrasse 10, Basel/Münchenste
Dreispitz-Areal, Tram 11 & 10, Station "Dreispitz", GATE 13

Within territorial language, pioneers are those who advance into unknown areas, scout it out and secure it for the troops that follow them. In the history of art, avant-garde artists are described as pioneers, who have conquered new forms and concepts for the artists of generations to come. Since the 1960s, artists also have proven themselves to be pioneers in the field of urban development and often have been the forerunners of the social transformation processes of urban quarters.

Pioneers to the Falls reacts on the historico-cultural term “pioneer” as well as on the specific conditions of the Kunstfreilager. It is a city quarter in progress, and as a gigantic construction sit shifts its structures on a daily basis. At the moment it is hard to imagine how th
e premises will look, with an art university, apartment buildings and institutions. This time of transformation Jérémie Gindre, Aloïs Godinat, Markus Müller, Mandla Reuter and Valentina Stieger reflect through artistic works that are situated outside of the protection of the exhibition space, on territory that is yet to be defined. Thereby, the project’s title invokes the waterfall, as a romantic ideal and metaphor for adventure and danger, as well as for fugacity of ideals and visions. The works show the artists’ approaches to the current complex: With different positions and gestures they set alternative signs and spatial markings to determine the first chapter of the history of the Kunstfreilager to come.

Dienstag, 23. August 2011

The OSLO10 End of Summer Show, 22.09.2011, 7pm

Marco Bruzzone: Colli

During three days Italian artist Marco Bruzzone (*1974 in Genoa, lives and works in Berlin) presented his new project Colli (necks): The show describes the moment when the season changes from the heat of summer to the coolness of autumn, and when the time of leisure switches to the reality of everyday life, where we have to deal not only with our personal struggles, but also with complicated and alarming political situations.

September 23 - 24, 2011
Opening: September 22, 2011, 7pm

Samstag, 16. Juli 2011

Openair cinema, 15.07.2011, 9pm

OSLO10 goes Open-Air!
With two film screenings presented by IMAGE MOVEMENT, Berlin

“Verblasster Glamour”
With films by Kenneth Anger, Viola Klein, Ursula Mayer, Detlef Weinrich

Animated films by Mariola Brillowska, Robert Elfgen, Markus Vater, Amelie von Wulffen/Michael Graessner, Sébastien Wolf & Ian Ritterskamp (with Christian Heilig & Tinka Stock)

The event was presented in cooperation with
Image Movement – Artist Films, Films on Art and Records
Oranienburger Strasse 18, D-10178 Berlin

Ursula Mayer
The Lunch in Fur / Le Déjeuner en Fourrure
, 2008

Detlef Weinrich
The Turning Table, 2009

Kenneth Anger
Puce Moment, 1949

Viola Klein
Raw, 2007

Sébastien Wolf & Ian Ritterskamp
Arts + Crafts Spectacular #1, 2010

Markus Vater
Worlds don't come easy, 2000–2008

Donnerstag, 16. Juni 2011

Shana Moulton: I Lost Something in the Hills, 16.06.2011, 9pm

OSLO10, Basel and Gregor Staiger, Zurich present
Shana Moulton – “I Lost Something in the Hills”

Thursday, June 16, 2011, 9pm

at OSLO10, Basel

All Photos by Em Yamaguchi