_Październik 2014

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Hito Steyerl - Abstract

16 October (Thursday)
19:00 hours / Wyspa Institute of Art, the premises of the former Gdańsk Shipyard

Admission free

Exhibition open until 31 December 2014
Curator: Aneta Szyłak

Alternativa 2014 is proud to present Abstract – the first solo exhibition in Poland of the outstanding German artist, theoretician and documentary essayist Hito Steyerl
. She is a key figure of contemporary art and film, one who views the image-making process from feminist, critical and political perspectives.

Steyerl is continually asking the question: what does it mean to be visible or invisible in a time of recording, scanning and surveillance, when all of our moves and activities are being documented and systematically used, often without our knowledge and/or permission, in a militarised and profit-oriented reality. We can see a collage of various technological languages in her works, along with aesthetics of recording and persuasion, entangling us through a continual flow of capitalised information. The artist sketches the relationship between seemingly disparate domains of knowledge; she can precisely, scrupulously and painfully mimic various forms of communication.

Her exhibition will be unveiled as the final showpiece of Alternativa 2014: The Garden of Everyday Errors shows her latest works, among which are pieces such as: Liquidity Inc., November, Adorno’s Grey, How Not to be Seen, Guards and Is the Museum a Battlefield? and important older work such as Lovely Andrea.

This exhibition is the 4th and last act of Alternativa 2014: The Garden of Everyday Errors. Former exhibitions were Oliver Ressler: Political Imaginaries: Making the World Anew, Everydayness and Otherwise.

The exhibition was financed by the means from The City of Gdansk, and co-finances by means from The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and realised thanks to the help form Insitut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) in Stuttgart. Grupa Azoty SA is a partner of Alternativa 2014.


26 September (Friday)
20:00 hours / Wyspa Institute of Art

18:30 hours / Gdańska Galeria Miejska

Admission free

curators: Iwona Bigos, Grzegorz Klaman

’Symbiosity’ is a word drawn from the phenomenon of symbiosis, which, in nature, is the strict co-existence of two organisms that is advantageous to at least one of them. Symbiosity in psychology is a relationship based on dependence. Creation, understood as art, is a concept linked with human activity that often also exhibits signs of dependence. (...) The most extensive part of the project, Reconstruction of Non-human Culture, comprising four interconnected incubators inhabited by one colony of leaf cutter ants, Atta sexdens, will be exhibited at ISW. Although exhibited at different locations, the project is presented in its entirety with Internet streaming. Viewers at the Gallery will also be at the Institute, and vice versa. Digital transmission is available at the project website www.elvinflamingo.com