Atif Akin, Darren Almond, Julian Charrière, Em´kal Eyongakpa, Tue Greenfort. Ariel Guzik, Newell Harry, Alexander Lee, Eduardo Navarro, Sissel Tolaas, Janaina Tschäpe & David Gruber, Jana Winderen, Susanne M. Winterling; curated by Stefanie Hessler
At first the title „Tidalectics“ frightened me a little. There is this fashion of making art look like sience and I feared this might be the case. So when I finally entered a rather adventurous looking scenario, I was quite surprised. Very roughly and superficially one could describe the various exhibits looking like findings and remnants of an expedition. (Also „Nautilus“ started flashing in my mind, probably supported by Jana Winderen´s sound installation „bára“.) And there have been voyages organized by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary-Academy (founded by Francesca Habsburg and Markus Reymann) in order to bring together artists and scientists and see what the results of their dialogue and exchange of ideas might be.
In the end the shown pieces really are imbedded in a scientific context, but they could also very well stand alone, for themselves.
The exhibition emphasizes the seas´ vasteness for science and imagination, and – hinting at their endangerment – the sinisterly uncomfortable feeling that we can´t be without them.
Don´t miss Darren Almond´s video installation „A“ in the neighbouring Kiosk.
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary- Augarten
Header: © Installation view: Tue Greenfort, Tamoya Ohboya, Tidalectics, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, 2017; Photo: Jorit Aust
1.: © Darren Almond A, 2002, Video still: Courtesy the artist and Jay Jopling, White Cube, London
2.: © Installation view: Susanne M. Winterling, Glistening Troubles, Tidalectics, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, 2017; Photo: Jorit Aust