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Playing Nature

 
Playing Nature

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CCA Sokol
23 september 2013 — 27 october 2013

Curator: Katia Krupennikova

Artists:

  • Awst & Walther (Wales / De)
  • Domenico Billari (CH/IT)
  • Ekaterina Chernycheva (RU)
  • Ella de Burca (IR/BE)
  • Valentin Fetisov (RU)
  • Roderick Hietbrink (NL)
  • Het Wilde Weten (NL)
  • Admire Kamudzengerere (ZW)
  • Lyubov Matyunina (NL/RU)
  • Katja Novitskova (NL/EE)
  • Joyce Overheul (NL)
  • Albert Soldatov (RU)
  • Matthias Tharang (NL/DE)
  • Olga Zovskaya (RU)
  • Luciënne Venner & Kim de Weijer

About project:

Playing Nature is a conversation between artists from Germany, Great Britain, Germany, Russia, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Ireland, Estonia and Zimbabwe, which takes as its point of departure philosopher's Herbert Marcuse's idea of mastering Man by extending man's domination of Nature, as it developed in his philosophical treatise, “One-Dimensional Man” (1964).

According to Marcuse, the ‘technological progress’ is a totalitarian instrument, which is used to control the nature and the society, subsequently utilizing the first and creating the false needs in the latter. The cult of luxury culture figures as a perverting and destructive power in society which prompts society to become more demanding and more ignorant.

Against this prevailing climate, Marcuse promotes the "great refusal" as the only adequate opposition to all-encompassing methods of control. However paradoxically at the same time the philosopher admits the utopian character or his idea and confesses that it is only possible if the current civilization is demolished.

The exhibition presents a visual multilogue between international artists, in which the authors respond to the ideas, developed in the text. It consists of video- and spatial and performative installations.

 

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