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Darren Almond

Tidalectics (group show)
TBA21 - Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Academy, Vienna
2 June - 19 November 2017

Darren Almond, A, 2002 (video still) Courtesy of Jay Jopling | White Cube. © Darren Almond
Darren Almond, A, 2002 (video still) Courtesy of Jay Jopling | White Cube. © Darren Almond

...like the movement of the ocean she’s walking on, coming from one continent/continuum, touching another, and then receding (‘reading’) from the island(s) into the perhaps creative chaos of the(ir) future... – Kamau Brathwaite

Tidalectics is an oceanic worldview, a different way of engaging with the oceans and the world we inhabit. Unbound by land-based modes of thinking and living, the exhibition is reflective of the rhythmic fluidity of water and the incessant swelling and receding of the tides.

TBA21–Academy’s first exhibition, Tidalectics, presents thirteen standout artists whose distinctive works cast oceanic perspectives on the cultural, political, and biological dimensions of the oceans, some examining the effects of human-made issues such as climate change and sea-level rise, and others reimagining human and “more-than-human” relationships. Tidalectics will comprise nine newly commissioned works, many flowing from the Academy’s expeditions in the Pacific Ocean, alongside exceptional pieces from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) collection.

Taking its title from a play on words by the celebrated Barbadian poet-historian Kamau Braithwaite, Tidalectics seeks to comprehend our histories as trajectories tossed by waves, from ocean crossings to systems of exchange, myths, and microbial origins. The exhibition will highlight processes of cultural adaptation and material change, presenting a rich framework for understanding the coalescing polarities of contemporaneity and history, science and poetics, routes and roots, and ourselves—mostly land-dwelling humans—with the oceans and their many and diverse inhabitants.

Darren Almond’s video A (2002) from the TBA21 collection presents an Antarctic world of infinite whites devoid of human presence, accompanied by a sound track that alternates between dreamy serenity and blood-thumping menace.

TBA21, Vienna


Additional:

Darren Almond, Navid Nuur et al.

Møenlight Sonata – A homage to the starry sky of Møn (group show)
Kunsthal 44 Møen, Møn
3 June - 9 September 2018

Navid Nuur, Nightbowl, The formation of earth - 2018. Courtesy of the artist
Navid Nuur, Nightbowl, The formation of earth - 2018. Courtesy of the artist

To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Kunsthal 44Møen has put together a special constellation of stars under the lyric name Møenlight Sonata, alluding to Beethoven's 14th sonata for piano, which he also referred to "quasi una fantasia".
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Norroen Trilogy Møn becomes both the starting point and central focus of a series of exhibitions the next three years, for which young as well as internationally renowned artists are invited to engage with the extraordinary nature and history of this region, that has always attracted and inspired artists. The curator of the exhibition trilogy Norroen is René Block, the Kunsthal's artistic director. René Block founded the avant-garde gallery Galerie René Block in Berlin (and later in New York) in 1964, and is since internationally known for his dedication to young and vanguard art, evident throughout his years as the director of several international Biennales (including those of Istanbul, Sydney and Cetinje) and art institutions including the Fridericianum in Kassel, TANAS – project space for contemporary art from Turkey, and Edition Block in Berlin.

Kunsthal 44 Møen, Møn