[artinfo] tranzit presents: I - An exhibition in three acts
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I - An exhibition in three acts
I Performative Ontology
22 september – 12 november 2006
Secession, Friedrichstraße 12, Wien, Austria,
Act two I Já, Futura Center for Contemporary Art,
Prague 30 May 2006 - 18 August 2006
Act one I Narrow FocusTake it Personally, Tranzit
workshops, Bratislava, 29 June 2005-14 August 2005
Act three is divided in three parts
I Set-up 21 Sept. – 7 Oct.
II Confrontation 8 Oct. – 25 Oct.
III Resolution 26 Oct. – 12 Nov.
Bas Jan Ader, Fikret Atay, Johanna Billing, Pavel
Braila, Lolou Chérinet, Martin Creed, Alan
Currall, Omer Fast, Stano Filko, Lise Harlev,
Saskia Holmkvist, Jirí Kovanda, Ján Mancuska,
Fiorenza Menini, Yan Pei-Ming, Ivan Moudov, Roman
Ondák, Boris Ondreicka, Jirí Skála, Barbara
Visser, Silvie Vondrejcová, Lawrence Weiner, Ella
Curated by Vít Havránek
“I" is a three-act exhibition. It is an
exhibition that took place in three locations,
with a somewhat different constellation of
artists in each, but its core, or perhaps the
obsessive thematic sphere it contains, remains
The third act of the “I" series of exhibitions is
subtitled “Performative Ontology." Ontology is
defined philosophically in connection with the
idea of conceptualization. Our assumption is that
the term ontology means a specification of a
conceptualization which contemporary knowledge
systems that have a distinctly conceptual
character are derived from. However, our
intention is not to define this base for
philosophical knowledge. It seems that ontology
cannot be generalized, as it were; the moment it
is generalized, it becomes a theoretical dogma
that we can perhaps evaluate intellectually, but
which then recedes from our lived experience.
Ontology exists only in particular lives, in
individuals, in the “I” in concrete time.
Ontology interests us not as a verbal or
theoretical dimension, but rather as a
performative, temporal dimension; that is why I
speak of performative ontology.
The whole series comes to its culmination in the
Secession’s exhibition titled “I Performative
Ontology". All the works in it will be present
during the opening successively, in three acts.
Some of the works will be visible during one act
alone, others during two acts, and others during
the course of the entire exhibition. Each of the
exhibition’s acts was presented independently of
the others and the exhibition as a whole. Thus
there has been an attempt to work dynamically as
well as repetitively with the interior time of
each individual work and on that basis to exhibit
the interior time of the exhibition as a whole.
A publication called Autobiographies has been
printed to accompany a series of exhibitions.
Artists who participated in any of the series’
three exhibitions were asked to provide an
autobiography. Publication is published by
tranzit, Secession and Revolver.
The series of exibitions was organised by:
tranzit, initiative for contemporary art,<
Secession, Tranzit workshops, Bratislava, Futura,
Tranzit is an initiative for contemporary art
supported by the Erste Bank Group, Ceská
sporitelna a.s., Slovenská sporitelna a.s.
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