Chus Martínez

Jenna Sutela’s experimental survey of decentralised organisms + organisations in Orgs launches at Banner Repeater, Aug 4

1 August 2017

Jenna Sutela is launching the Orgs: From Slime Mold to Silicon Valley publication at London’s Banner Repeater on August 4.

The evening will include a performance by the artist, who will read transcripts from the text, alongside the slime mould accompanying the launch, who goes by the name ‘Physarum Polycephalum.’ Expanding on the Sutela’s practice and work, the book is an “experimental survey of decentralised organisms and organisations drawing on several perspectives and presenting a constellation of different voices.”

Published by Garret Publications, the collected material includes contributions by Berlin-based writer Elvia Wilk, who researches the ethics of art-making, as well as Mike Pepi, Dennis Bray, Aslak Aamot Kjærulff, Chus Martínez, Venkatesh Rao, and more. There is also a ‘rare excerpt’ of Japanese manga author Shigeru Mizuki‘s ‘Neko-Gusu’ published in English for the first time.

Visit the Banner Repeater website for details.**

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Who Are You? + Club Univers @ SALTS, Nov 26 – Jan 17

24 November 2016

The Who Are You? and Club Univers group exhibitions are on at Birsfelden’s SALTS, opening November 26 and running to January 17, 2017.

Who Are You? looks at the paradox of publicly concealing your identity through artists working with ideas of the “alter ego, collective identity, meta-artist, improved or lessen versions of oneself”. Featuring Olivier Castel, Dorota Gaweda & Eglé Kulbokaité, Selina Grüter & Michele Graf, Than Hussein Clark and Martin Soto Climent, the show examines these perceptions and iterations of ‘unstable’ realities as a response to a global climate of “austerity and fear”. 

Club Univers — curated by Chus Martinez with assistant curator Eveline Wüthrich — features a group of bachelor students from Institut Kunst and explores the unexplained phenomena of tickling, through dreams. ‘Part I: Even in your dreams, you can’t tickle yourself’ is inspired by neuroscientist and researcher Jennifer Windt who worked with a group of expert lucid dreamers to see if they could tickle themselves, which they couldn’t.

The opening of the exhibitions will also include the launch of a new issue of London-based Next Level magazine, covering the Swiss art scenes of Lausanne and Basel, as well as the Club Univers publication, published via Sternberg Press.

See the SALTS website for details.**

Agatha Valkyrie Ice (Dorota Gaweda, Egle Kulbokaite, Clémence de La Tour du Pin) Agatha @ Hilton (10) 2015 Courtesy of the artists With the support of International Flavors & Fragrances and Adrien Figeac (Coty Inc) Photography: Luis Artemio De Los Santos
Agatha Valkyrie Ice (Dorota Gaweda, Egle Kulbokaite, Clémence de La Tour du Pin) Agatha @ Hilton (10) 2015 Courtesy of the artists With the support of International Flavors & Fragrances and Adrien Figeac (Coty Inc) Photography: Luis Artemio De Los Santos
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Julieta Aranda @ der Tank, Nov 17 – Dec 16

14 November 2016

Julieta Aranda is presenting solo exhibition The Organ: As the Ground Becomes Exposed at Basel’s Der Tank, Institut Kunst, opening November 17 and running to December 16. 

The specially commissioned work is curated by Chus Martínez and looks at the space between language and image, offering up a new ‘organ’ of sorts that explores “the future of sculpture and perception while also more fully sensing the relationships that art establishes with the questions and debates populating our everyday lives.”

Recent exhibitions by Arlanda include Inhuman (2015) at Kassel’s Fridericianum and If a Body Meet a Body (2014) at Roma’s Galería OMR. 

See the Institut Kunst website for details.**


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Fiktion: Konzentration @ HKW, Jun 20

19 June 2015

The model literary project Fiktion is hosting an all-day event at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) on the theme of concentration in the digitalized society in honour of the upcoming “Konzentration” anthology, running from 2pm to 11pm on June 20.

The day’s programme includes US literary scholar Kenneth Goldsmith, who will hold a compact version of his legendary Ivy League seminar/workshop “Wasting Time on the Internet” and discuss the results with Basel’s Institut Kunst director, Chus Martinez. Joining Goldsmith is Arthur Jacobs, neuroscientist at the FU Berlin, who will discuss immersion in literature and his reading research with the e-reader developed by Fiktion.

Other speakers include Romanian writer Sinziana Păltineanu, who will do a reading from her debut novel, Elephant Chronicles, and artist Sophie Jung, who will present her story “X-Examination♥”, as well as artist Jenna Sutela, whose video piece, ‘When You Moved’, will be shown throughout the event in the conference room 3 (K3).

See the event page for details. **


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