Artists: Živa Drvarič, Stephan Genser, Gašper Kunšič, Anna Lerchbaumer, Sarah Pedde, Martin Schlögl, Marit Wolters, Hui Ye
Curators: Cima Azzam (PS/JO), Aviya Cohen (IL), Mahzabin Haque (BD), Liudmila Kirsanova (RU), Theresa Kneppers (US/GB), Adelina Luft (RO/ID), Erika Martin (CR), Raffaella M. Matrone (IT), Evelin Pál (HU), Lorena Parada (CO), Katarzyna Sobucka (PL/GB), Gabriele Tosi (IT)
Blockfrei, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, AT
1 – 31 October 2016
The group exhibition 'I WAS HERE TOMORROW' was a joint project by 12 international curators, including 8 art students from the University of Applied Arts Vienna. The curatorial team explored the Viennese artistic scene during a 6-week curatorial residency program, 'Curators’ Agenda: VIENNA 2016', organised by the association BLOCKFREI in cooperation with the University of Applied Arts Vienna. The third edition of the programme culminated in a final show which took place at Krinzinger Projekte, the project space of the Galerie Krinzinger. Visitors were welcome to view the week-long exhibition with extended opening hours.
'I WAS HERE TOMORROW' featured a selection of works by 8 young artists, exploring different effects, possibilities, and dynamics that are opened up by the gesture of repetition. Such artistic inquiries, led by on-going processes of adaptation and manipulation, are enacted through repetitive strategies that coalesce towards larger statements by meticulously adding up small-scale interferences and gestures. However, the goal of these processes was not the emphasis of the works. Instead, it stood looming in an unreachable future, always escaping the horizon of accessible grasp. The familiarity of a repeated image does not standardize the process, but rather highlights the importance of the action itself, which the artists shift attention to, instead of focusing on the end product. The processes of restatement become rituals obsessed with time, consumerism and identity, while the physical objects – the artworks – take the role of residues, testaments to the ritualistic process that evoked them. Memory is reconnected with its embodied material basis, a malleable substance available for reshaping through action.
As part of the exhibition an artist’s talk, expanding on the curatorial concept with a focus on the exhibited artworks, took place on Saturday 29 October, 12pm-2pm. The talk was led by Klaus Speidel, an image theorist, art critic and curator.
The third edition of the programme, 'Curators’ Agenda: VIENNA 2016' (C’A), took place in Vienna during September and October 2016. C’A presents an annual, unique programme for international curators interested in exploring Vienna’s contemporary art scene.