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fast forward 2. The Power of Motion. Media Art Sammlung Goetz

The exhibition fast forward 2 at the ZKM Karlsruhe showed a representative selection of the Sammlung Goetz’s new acquisitions of video and media art since the year 2000. As such, it was a sequel to the exhibition fast forward, which had been held at the ZKM in 2003. In content, socio-political and aesthetic terms, the selected works focused on issues of movement and dynamics.

With AES+F, Francis Alÿs, Janine Antoni, Matthew Barney, Ulla von Brandenburg, Christoph Brech, Ergin Cavusoglu, Paul Chan, David Claerbout, Nathalie Djurberg, Stan Douglas, Juan Manuel Echavarría, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Rodney Graham, Isaac Julien, Jesper Just, Mike Kelley, Kimsooja, Jochen Kuhn, Oscar Muñoz, Marcel Odenbach, Hans Op de Beeck, Ulrike Ottinger, Mary Reid Kelley, Robin Rhode, Julian Rosefeldt, Aïda Ruilova, Wilhelm Sasnal, Christine Schulz, Laurie Simmons, Frank Stürmer, Fiona Tan, Ryan Trecartin, Yang Fudong and Zhao Liang.

Whereas the selection of works for fast forward had been centred on how our ways of seeing have changed in an increasingly fast-paced society, The Power of Motion explored movement and acceleration, as well as the opposite: the potential for deceleration. Today’s society, hurtling along in permanent fast-forward mode, is shaped by a high degree of mobility: global commodity trading, mobile workplaces, permanent networking through virtual communication structures. Individuals have to move to a different city, country or even continent in order to adapt to changing economic and political situations. The works were presented in standard freight containers, reflecting this aspect of mobility. In keeping with the thematic issues addressed, the exhibition featured installations and films by Matthew Barney and Jochen Kuhn, whose works encapsulate forms of private mythology. Whereas Paul Chan places narrative at the forefront in his animated videos, Christoph Brech transforms movement into a poetical gesture in his works. Fiona Tan, by contrast, evokes the energy of movement in subtle displays of tension.

In an accompanying programme, the following films werescreened at the ZKM-Medientheater:

Wilhelm Sasnal, 14.07.2010
Ulrike Ottinger, 21.07.2010
Jochen Kuhn, 28.07.2010

fast forward 2. The Power of Motion Media Art Sammlung Goetz

320 pages, 782 ill., hardcover
German/English
2010, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern
ISBN 978-3-7757-2604-7
€ 25,00

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Blumenprojektion, Herbst (Flower Projection, Autumn), (1998) Peter Fischli David Weiss

| An art intervention of the Sammlung Goetz in the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg

In the context of the interdisciplinary Flower Power Festival — a celebration of the flower in cultural history—the Sammlung Goetz will present the two-channel slide installation, Blumenprojektion, Herbst (1998) by Peter Fischli David Weiss. Presented as an intervention in the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg, the images of flower gardens and vegetable beds created by the Swiss artist duo enter into a dialogue with the floral designs of the resident artisans.

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