4th Artists' Biennial at the Haus der Kunst
Teilnehmende Künstler /
Alexander Kluge/Thomas Thiede
Nina Annabelle Märkl
toffaha (Rasha Ragab
& Christoph Nicolaus)
Aktueller Stand: 17.06.2019 /
Current state: June 17, 2019
THE BIG SLEEP
4. Biennale der Künstler im Haus der Kunst / 4th Artists' Biennial at the Haus der Kunst
Eröffnung / Opening:
Do 18.07.19, 19 Uhr, Mittelhalle / Thursday, 18 July 2019, 7 p.m., Central hall
Katalogpräsentation / catalogue presentation:
Samstag 07.09.2019, 19 Uhr, Westflügel / Saturday, 07 September 2019, 7 p.m., West wing
Ausstellung / Exhibition:
19.07. - 08.09.2019, Westflügel / 19 July - 08 Sept 2019, West wing
Samstag 20.07.2019, 18 bis 20 Uhr / Saturday, 20 July 2019, 6 - 8 p.m.
Gastland der Biennale 2019 / Host country of the biennial 2019:
Zusatzausstellung / Additional exhibition:
70 Jahre Geschichte des Künstlerverbundes im Haus der Kunst
(ehem. Ausstellungsleitung im Haus der Kunst München e.V.) /
70 years of history of the Artists association at Haus der Kunst München
Anna Frydman, Rasso Rottenfußer (Studierende des MIT, Cambridge/USA)
Ausstellungsorganisation / Organisation:
Kuration: Dr. Cornelia Oßwald-Hoffmann
Co-Kuration USA: Peter Gregorio
Künstlerische Beratung und Ausstellungsteam / artistic consulting and team:
Albert Coers, Michael Lukas, Eva Ruhland, Alexander Steig
Ausstellungsgestaltung / Exhibition design:
Licht + Technische Leitung / Light + Technical management:
Signet der Ausstellung und Creative Direction Katalog / Signet and Creative Direction:
Philipp Nicolai Hertel & Ruediger John
Schirmherr / Patronage:
Dr. Markus Söder, Bayerischer Ministerpräsident
THE BIG SLEEP takes place in the nocturnal, muddy atmosphere of a deep Sleeping Beauty sleep. While the body is at rest, the brain works and opens up to a multi-layered, irrational space. Thoughts are moving in slow motion - so slowly that you can watch them form and unfold in real time. It is the lull before the storm, for beneath the perfectly smoothed surface it bubbles, the pressure swells, a blind, black rage that feeds itself from the past and points to the future, pushes up to deconstruct the present.
George Washington Gedenkstiftung
STÄDTISCHE GALERIE IMLENBACHHAUS UNDKUNSTBAU MÜNCHEN
Dr. Cornelia Oßwald-Hoffmann / Curatorial statement
In the end of the crime novel The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, the title is an euphemism for death; it refers to a rumination about „sleeping the big sleep“ with the killing off of most of its protagonist’s in the final pages of the book. In short one after another, as in a Shakespearean drama, everybody dies in the end.
I’m not interested in death, but rather in the special kind of “film noir” at-mosphere of Chandler’s dark detective thriller that unfolds within a dreamy multilayered irrational three-dimensional space. One’s head feels stuffed, as if your thoughts are moving in slow motion - - so slowly that you can watch them form and unfold in real time. With the potential for anything to happen at any time, the suspense can be frightening, as in a dream, you have no clue what you will face when you cautiously approach the door that appears out in front of you. In this primordial soup of sleep everything is swimming, forming small isles, forming liquid “maybe’s” that move in and out of uncertainty.
We can see this as a metaphor for the current state of our society, as though we are stuck in a lucid dream that is perpetually unfolding, with our brains asleep, and our bodies remaining awake. Moving all day and fidgeting like jumping jacks, our brains are paralyzed, bombarded with way too much inconsistent information coming at us with a velocity faster than we can comprehend. We cannot react anymore, all of our possible reactions are ‘past tense’ before they can be ‘present tense’. “Presence” is lacking, overlapped by a disordered jungle of, “maybes, should be, could be, was-has-will, and would be’. All possibilities to read and interpret the past and to imagine a future, the space between the “was and the will” is getting smaller and smaller until they are overlapping on both sides. The ‘past’ and ‘future’ are forming a netting, hiding the ‘present’ like the impenetrable thorn hedge of Sleeping Beauty, which could not be solved mechanically, but only rather, by waiting for the duration of the spell to finally elapse.
“The Big Sleep” is something of a lull-before-the-storm. It is the perfectly smoothed surface of a fermenting brew that is bubbling underneath - - secret-ly growing and expanding, waiting for the “big bang” to activate. “The Big Sleep” is only the cover that keeps it all together, so that our society won’t explode out in all possible directions. As we have seen recently in Paris, people are out in the streets demonstrating - - they are vandalizing, fighting, against everything and nothing. The reason for this blind fury is unclear, it is due to and unto itself. Like a perpetual motion machine going round and round, people are angry, but without a concrete reason why. They are unable to cope with their problems, possibilities, dreams, and fears - - like a wave of blind rage flooding through the city, similar to that of a natural catastrophe, you cannot stop it by any rational means. Can a democracy face of this kind of mindless power? As rationalism is swept away and the means to deal with these challenges are lacking, how do we handle it? When we don’t realize that we are inside the cocoon of “The Big Sleep”, how do we stop it from bursting out at its seams? We are confusing this dream state for that which is real - - sleeping away the possibility of a suc-cessful coexistence. It is now time for us to wake up, before we end up as in Chandler’s novel „sleeping the big sleep“.