ZEITSPUREN The Power of Now @ Pasquart Kunsthaus, Biel

Barbara Probst, Exposure #64: N.Y.C., 555 8th Avenue, 11.26.08, 5:52 pm, 2008
Ultrachrome ink on cotton paper
two parts, each 163,2 x 139,9 cm
Stiftung Kunsthaus-Sammlung Pasquart
Photo: Barbara Probst

Peter Dreher, Tag um Tag guter Tag II, 2011
Oil on linen burlap
25.1 x 20 cm, each
Private collection
Photos: Anita Vozza

Sophie Jung
Come Fresh Hell or Fresh High Water, 2017-18
Sculptural installation, performance by the artist
Variable dimensions
Courtesy the artist
Photos: Anita Vozza

Pedro Wirz, Ovo por Olho, 2018
Variable dimensions (aprox. 12 cm x 25 cm)
Photos: Alex Kern

Pedro Wirz, Ovo por Olho, 2018
Variable dimensions (aprox. 12 cm x 25 cm)
Photos: Alex Kern

Pedro Wirz, Ovo por Olho, 2018
Variable dimensions (aprox. 12 cm x 25 cm)
Photos: Alex Kern

Pedro Wirz, Ovo por Olho, 2018
Variable dimensions (aprox. 12 cm x 25 cm)
Photos: Alex Kern

Julian Charrière, Romeo – First Light, 2016
Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, mounted on aluminium Dibond, Mirogard anti-reflective glass
150,2 x 187,7 cm (motive)
153.8 x 191.3 cm (framed)
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Exhibition view Kunsthaus Centre d’art Pasquart
Photo: Anita Vozza

Pedro Wirz, My Home Is My Dinner, 2018
Humus (black soil), wood glue, Styrofoam, chicken
wire, beeswax cast, bronze cast, plaster cast,
acrylic paint
300 x 150 x 150 cm
Courtesy the artist und Galerie Nagel Draxler,
Berlin/Köln
Photos: Anita Vozza

Slavs and Tatars
Mystical Protest, 2011
Luminous paint on Muharram fabric,
fluorescent lights,colour sleeves, cotton
240 × 620 × 15 cm
Courtesy Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
Photo: Anita Vozza

Dora Budor
allargando, 2017
Modified parabolic lamp fixture, LEDs,
motion-sensitive Arduino system, metal
hardware, 3d printed enclosures, polyurethane
foam inserts, urethane resin, dye, amphibian
props used in the film Magnolia (1999)
123 x 60.5 x 20 cm
Courtesy New Galerie, Paris
Photo: Anita Vozza

Rodney Graham
From the series
The Four Seasons
Actor/Director, 1954, 2013
Painted aluminium, lightboxes
with transmounted chromogenic
transparencies
261 x 368 x 18 cm
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Photo: Anita Vozza

 

ZEITSPUREN
The Power of Now
9.9.-18.11.2018

Zeitspuren – The Power of Now
Exhibition views
Kunsthaus Centre d’art Pasquart
Courtesy the artists
Photos: Gunnar Meier

URSULA BIEMANN – DORA BUDOR – ROMAN BUXBAUM – JULIAN CHARRIÈRE – DANIEL GUSTAV CRAMER – MARTIN CREED – PETER DREHER – ELMGREEN & DRAGSET – CÉCILE B. EVANS – FELIX GONZALEZ-TORRES – RODNEY GRAHAM – DAVID HORVITZ – TEHCHING HSIEH – SOPHIE JUNG – ON KAWARA – KAPWANI KIWANGA – RAGNAR KJARTANSSON – KRIS MARTIN – AGNIESZKA POLSKA – POPE.L – BARBARA PROBST – LAURE PROUVOST – PILAR QUINTEROS – RAQS MEDIA COLLECTIVE – SOPHY RICKETT – MIKKO RIKALA – DIETER ROTH – STÉPHANIE SAADÉ – MICHAEL SAILSTORFER – TARYN SIMON – SLAVS AND TATARS – SMUDGE STUDIO – GERNOT WIELAND – PEDRO WIRZ

Through installation, video, photography, performance and painting, ZEITSPUREN – The Power of Now examines the aesthetic and cultural significance of time within contemporary narratives and its impact on how we structure our lives and experiences. In their work, the 34 international artists selected for the exhibition explore the temporal nature of labour and leisure, politics and power, the body and representation or technology and memory. Due to the complexity of the concept of time, the exhibition is divided into four thematic groupings: Time and its Discontents, Sculpting Time, Capture: Staging the Live, Speculative and Planetary Time.

Time and its Discontents introduces us to the intersections of labour and social time. The works in this section build critical and playful narratives around current discontents of standardised living, work and leisure time. An early figure in the development of durational performance art, Tehching Hsieh displays in One Year Performance (1980–81) the documented evidence of a performance that chronicled a year of the artist’s life. To make the work, Hsieh followed a strict routine of punching a time clock every hour for 12 months, before presenting the individual images as a six-minute film with other forms of documentation. The tedium of industrial labour highlighted by Hsieh’s performance reinforces the dominance of western time structures that is investigated in Ragnar Kjartansson’s Scenes from Western Culture (2015). This employs six looped single- channel video tableaux to demonstrate Kjartansson’s fascination with the superficiality of cultural norms. Meanwhile David Horvitz’s The Distance of a Day (2013) breaks with the normal passage of time by juxtaposing videos of a single day made in different locations and time zones.

Sculpting Time examines the material processes of historiography with focus on the role of research in artistic methodologies. Artists revisit historical artefacts in order to draw out new meanings and associations. Kapwani Kiwanga’s Flowers for Africa (2014, 2017) reveal the artist’s interest in archival imagery of postcolonial independence celebrations. Finding that floral arrangements are a motif common to many of these photographs, for each venue where the work is exhibited Kiwanga commissions a local florist to recreate the bouquets as closely as possible. Flowers for Africa entertains a subjective response in the making and re- presentation of history. Similar manifestations of connectivity extend across many works in this section. Stéphanie Saadé’s Accelerated Time (2014) treats time as a physical property, making a mystery of the work’s broken fragments and the forces which produced them.

Capture: Staging the Live foregrounds the body as a site for expanding our perception of time, focusing on approaches to performance-based work. Pope.L’s practice takes the form of durational and endurance-based performances. The Great White Way, 22 Miles, 9 Years, 1 Street (2001–2009) is one of the artist’s best known «crawls» investigating exhaustion, in which he wore a Superman costume with a skateboard strapped to his back as he travelled the full length of Broadway, Manhattan’s longest street. Drawing frequently on sources from pop culture or philosophy, Sophie Jung produces marathon-length performances. For Come Fresh Hell or Fresh High Water (2017–18) the artist will activate different parts of her installation by reciting texts from memory, as well as employing stream-of-consciousness improvisation. Jung’s performance plays on the slippage between language and objects, transforming what the artist describes as a skewed format of « show and tell».

Finally, Speculative and Planetary Time analyses how digital connectivity and computerised technologies have radically shifted our experience of time. Works in this section reflect on deep time – time beyond the human – to speculate what new worlds might look like. Agniezska Polska’s My Little Planet (2016) combines animated daily-use objects floating in the cosmos with a humorous voice-over as a comment on the ways in which consumer culture dominates our world. The large-format photographs in Julian Charrière’s series First Light (2016–17) address the histories of nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll, making visible an atomic landscape within idyllic tropical island scenes. Where Charrière’s work turns our attention to the existence of radioactivity, Daniel Gustav Cramer’s Old Tjikko (2017) profiles «Old Tjikko» – the world’s oldest clonal tree located in Sweden’s Fulufjället National Park with roots thought to be almost 10’000 years old. Cramer explores how Old Tjikko functions as a myth deeply connected to the landscape and a symbol of endurance for our precarious planet.

Curators of the exhibition
Samuel Leuenberger, independent curator and Founding Director SALTS, Birsfelden and Felicity Lunn, director Kunsthaus Pasquart.
With curatorial assistance from Gabriella Beckhurst and editorial assistance from Miranda Johnson.

ZEITSPUREN is a collaboration between Kunsthaus Pasquart, Photoforum Pasquart and NMB Neues Museum Biel.