ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, 09|17|2011 – 02|05|2012
World Time. The World as Transit Zone

The Relevance of Temporary Locations


Ala Ebtekar »Ayanadeh-nameh«, 2011

Frauke Schnoor: A Review

“Why did you choose where you live?” was artist-in-Residence, Will Kwan's reply to my question about what he would ask other artists, curators and scientist connected with the exhibition The Global Contemporary. What I found interesting about Kwan’s question was its forceful skepticism with respect to the claim that globalized art is a space that no longer has a location, at least, not any concrete one. Will Kwan was born in Hong Kong and lives in Toronto. Stephanie Syjuco, who crochets Italian bags in Karlsruhe, was born in the Philippines and lives, just like Ala Ebtekar,, in San Francisco; Ebtekars family comes from Iran. While in Karlsruhe, he visited his uncle, an immigrant Iranian poet in Germany. Where are we talking? And what does this say about that of which we are talking? Continue reading ...


Timeliness – A Lecture-performance by Raqs Media Collective


The lecture-performance Timeliness by Raqs Media Collective, ZKM_Media Theater, Photo: Felix Gruenschloss, © ZKM

Interview by Sara Giannini

“Timeliness” is a lecture-performance by Raqs Media Collective (RMC) that Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta performed at the ZKM as part of the event “Curating in Asia” on December 9, 2011. Speculating on the concept of “time”, Raqs Media Collective intertwines financial and political matters related to capitalism with ontological issues related to ephemerality and permanence. In an untimely, Internet time-based discussion, I interrogated them on the meaning and implications of simultaneity in the “global contemporary.” Continue reading ...


Is the Contemporary Already Too Late? The BIENNALIST in Athen


Before the biennale: Geoffroy set up the 'Biennalist Headquater' in Karlsruhe. © Thierry Geoffroy

When, on 29 October, 2010 the third Athens Biennale published a video spot on YouTube entitled “What Happens in Athens in October 2011”, the crisis-rocked future of the country was barely foreseeable. Bearing the title Monodrome, Greek for one-way-street, the team of curators around Nicolas Bourriaud planned a film and a large-scale exhibition conceived to depict the present. Not trusting their plans, the French-Danish artist, Thierry Geoffroy, adapted their concept and himself filmed for the Biennale on the streets of Athens. He later went on to explain that one question especially imposed itself on him: will the contemporary fail on the present? Weiterlesen ...


"Invisible Flows, Stops and Starts" – A Note on GPS by Melanie Jackson


Jackson, Melanie »A Global Positioning System«, 2006. Video, 10:01 min. 

3473 kg of raw material from 42 countries, more than 70 rare and, at times, toxic raw materials from hydrochloric acid, oil through to coltan; a vast expenditure of energy and transportation across endless kilometers of land and ocean. In her animation A Global Positioning System (2006) British artist Melanie Jackson has dissected the GPS system into its component parts, tracing a path through its international origins ranging the rubber plantations of Sri Lanka, Congolese tin mines, South African gold and the manufacturing plants in China before finding destinations for individuals across Europe. It is a work not so much about decomposing an object into its technical components but a reverse process of unfolding the worlds and lives it has touched and that we in some way carry around with us in everyday technologies.
No straightforward field of research, we thought, and so asked the artist: "What happens when you leave your end of globalization, Melanie Jackson?" Continue reading ...


When is Now? Of the Moving, Simultaneous and Fleeting


Kwan, Will »Clocks That Do Not Tell the Time«, 2008. Installation view. Detail. © Will Kwan

If there is one idea that always and everywhere makes its appearance whenever globalization is thematised, then it must be that all things are in movement: a constant flow of people, information, goods and capital. And yet this prompts the question as to whether, in the age of real-time communication the 'Now' could ever be caught up with. Continue reading ...

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