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Neither here nor there, neither fish nor fowl

Curated by Angela Jerardi and Antonia Lotz

April 23 – June 14, 2015

It’s too early for her taste and she is in the shower. She glances down at a bottle of upmarket shower gel - organic rice milk & cherry blossom - and reads: “Celebrate each day as a new beginning.”

Hans Haacke, Fotonotizen documenta 2, 1959_Einzelfoto1
Hans Haacke, Photographic Notes, documenta 2, 1959 (one of 26 photographs)
© Hans Haacke/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

The object is speaking perhaps. But its attempt at pithy wisdom cum marketing ploy seems to her only sad. Instead of celebrating, she daydreams of sleep. She pauses on something she had just read: a call for a new paradigm of exhaustion within social life.[1] She finds herself staring at the bottle again. It seems to her that objects aren’t speaking with a language of information or manufactured wisdom. Or at least not the objects that interested her. Instead they seemed to express a sensibility that couldn’t be captured via explanation or information.

The press of cognitive labor remained. The shower off, she opens her laptop and starts typing. This is what will happen: (1) there will be two exhibitions; (2) they will overlap in time and space. The exhibitions will begin on 23 April 2015 at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Siegen, and end on 12 July 2015 at Schloss Ringengberg in Hamminkeln. The two exhibitions express a desire to embrace our inability to grasp something in its entirety and to find joy in the redundant and banal. It is an attempt to escape from a rational transfer of information, and inhabit a non-language of withdrawal and refusal.
[1] Franco Bifo Berardi, The Uprising, (Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2012), 68.


Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen
Opening: Wednesday, 22 April 2015 at 7.00 p.m.
Duration: 23 April - 14 June 2015


Schloss Ringenberg, Schlossstraße 8, 46499 Hamminkeln
Opening: Sunday, 31 May 2015 at 5.00 p.m.
Duration: 1 June - 12 July 20


The exhibition is a cooperation / co-operation between the Museum für Gegenwartskunst / Museum of Contemporary Art Siegen and Ringenberg Castle in Hamminkeln. The project is part of the curatorial programme follow-up, which is aimed at practical support for young curators and artists in collaboration with German and Dutch cultural institutions.

Sponsored by the Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW, the Kunststiftung NRW, the Mondriaan Fonds Amsterdam and others.

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Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen
Unteres Schloss 1
57072 Siegen

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