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8 Ways to Overcome Space and Time

Programme | 08.11.2013
















8 Ways to Overcome Space and Time

Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art, 14 Pariska street 
November 8 - December 23, 2013.

Authors of the exhibition and whole project: Stefanie Böttcher and Una Popović

Artist: Igor Eškinja (CRO) / Karolina Freino (POL) / Agnieszka Kurant (POL) / Nemanja Lađić (SRB) / Klara Lidén (SWE) / Egill Sæbjörnsson (ISL) / Fiete Stolte (GER) / Stevan Živadinović-Vane Bor (SRB)

International group exhibition 8 Ways to Overcome Space and Time in the Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade represents the second part of a collaborative project between the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade and the Künstlerhaus Bremen, Germany, which is united under the title Ways to Overcome.

The entire project implies organization of two different exhibitions, in two spaces, the Künstlerhaus Bremen and the Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade. The first part of the project includes the exhibition entitled 7 Ways to Overcome Closed Circuit, which was realized at the Künstlerhaus Bremen during the month of September (and lasts until the end of December 2013), while the second part of the project is the exhibition 8 Ways to Overcome Space and Time in the Salon of the MoCA.

The entire project entitled Ways to Overcome implies cooperation between two art institutions and seeks to present and reexamine the restrictive relationship between inner and outer, belonging and exclusion, but also the parameters of the space-time continuum. Starting from the processes of joining forces, communication and cooperation between the two stated art institutions, from countries completely different both socially and economically, Serbia and Germany, and in fact focusing on the position of artist as an individual in the given system, the exhibition reexamines the interrelation and influence, but also the ways to overcome space and time that influence the connection between two institutions in two remote countries, not forgetting the reality of inclusion and segregation that still exists, notwithstanding aspirations to equality.

Project is devoted to one of the most fundamental and virulent themes in art: the artistic endeavor to devise ways of escaping from the inevitable. Frameworks are broken and edges become frayed as artists and their works offer insight into the process of battling with everyday strictures. Constructed barriers are surmounted for real. The process of making art often involves testing the boundaries, stretching them to the limit, in search of ways of breaking out of confinement. Imposed controls whether natural, artistic, individual or social are areas of friction and thus suitable subject matter: a stimulus to critical thought and action, especially in situations characterized by rules, constraints or limitations. The artist’s daily struggle with restrictions in opposition to prevailing conditions is also a motivating force. Instead of acquiescing, the artist concentrates on overcoming obstacles and expanding inexorably their room for manoeuvre.

The artist contributions to Ways to Overcome.. give substance to the personal histories and life and work situations of individual artists. The show at the Künstlerhaus Bremen 7 Ways to Overcome Closed Circuitengages with being within and without a limit, with the perforation of the boundary (mentally, physical and psychological) and the exhibition in the Salon of Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade 8 Ways to Overcome Space and Time offers perspectives on transcending time and space.

When we think of a space, we always consider how it is contained at its external boundaries. Time is another kind of constant. Like space in its volatility, time is tamed, measured and set to flow remorselessly in ever-forward motion. The more these parameters appear impalpable and autonomous, the more pressing the never-ending human dream of escaping from their rule becomes.

“If it were not for time, I could live forever. If it were not for space, I could be everywhere” writes Rudy Rucker (Rudolf von Bitter Rucker) in his book The Fourth Dimension (1984). With this statement he picks up on the opposition of time and space to endlessness and thus implies that these impose systems of rules, which we all have to obey and to which we are all subject. Spatial and temporal factors shape human room for manoeuvre, what we can do and how we do it, that it is impossible to evade. At exactly this point, the artist gets excited and musters exceptional powers aimed at overcoming precisely these aspects of reality.

Support: Ministry of Culture and Information, Republic of Serbia, IFA (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart), Goethe Institute, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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