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Darren Almond

Oceans: A Worldview at the Rhythm of the Waves (group show)
Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing
9 February - 22 April 2018

Le Fresnoy and TBA21–Academy are delighted to present the exhibition Océans. Une vision du monde au rythme des vagues. Océans includes artists whose distinctive works cast oceanic perspectives on the cultural, political, and biological dimensions of the planet’s hydrosphere, examining the effects of human-made issues, such as climate change and sea-level rise, while reimagining human and “more-than- human” relationships. The exhibition features newly commissioned works, many flowing from the Academy’s expeditions in the Pacific Ocean, alongside exceptional pieces from the TBA21 collection, and works by artists whose practice is deeply anchored in the oceanic space, among them two former students of Le Fresnoy.

Tidalectics emerges from the TBA21–Academy, a site of cultural production without a fixed locale. Moving aboard the Dardanella research vessel, the Academy is temporarily inhabited by artists, scientists, and other thinkers and practitioners. Since its inception, its program is dedicated to fostering engaged ways of caring for the oceans. If our thoughts and actions as mostly land-dwelling humans fail to grasp these vast bodies of water that cover two thirds of our planet, let alone take care of them, perhaps it is time to consider other, oceanic, ways of being. Océans sets out to do exactly that.

The exhibition cites a neologism by the celebrated Barbadian poet-historian Kamau Braithwaite. His Tidalectics formulates an oceanic worldview, a different way of engaging with the oceans and the world we inhabit. Dissolving purportedly terrestrial modes of thinking and living, it attempts to merge steady land with the rhythmic fluidity of water and the incessant swelling and receding of the tides. It is crafted on “riddims” that are deeply rooted in (post-)colonial anger and hope. Just like navigators who land at a new shore, bringing with them their constantly shifting stories, the concept of Tidalectics can migrate from its original context in Brathwaite’s writing to other geographies and realms: As temperatures increase and the ice at the poles melts faster and streams into the oceans, sea levels will continue to rise all around the world, affecting land across latitudes and spanning apparently disconnected locales.

Océans seeks to comprehend our histories as trajectories tossed by waves, from ocean crossings to systems of exchange, myths, and microbial origins. It highlights 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.

Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing


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