Positioning Osmotic Impulses
Former prison Neukölln, June 2012
Invited artists: Abrie Fourie , Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Brandon LaBelle, Darri Lorenzen, Fernanda Trevellin, Gabriel Acevedo Velarde, Marc Bijl, Juan Duque , Azin Feizabadi, Nathalie Bikoro, Jennis Li Cheng Tien, Emeka Okereke, Tere Recarens, Julia Prezewowsky, Surya Gied & Angelo Wemmje, Ariel Reichman, Yassine Balbzioui, Eliana Heredia, Maya Schweizer, Michael Zheng, Anna Anderegg and Herve Thiot, Balz Isler
Film program: Films by Yukihiro Taguchi, Gabriel Acevedo Velarde, Jean Genet, Cao Fei & Ou Ning, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Azin Feizabadi
Curators: Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung & Pauline Doutreluingne
For this exhibition in the former prison Neukölln, 22 artists working at the interface between art and architecture, art and science and technology, art and critical theories were invited to come to grips with the concept of osmosis, to question the hypothesis, find new common denominators and new connections with their artistic expression.
For more information please visit www.osmoticimpulses.wordpress.com
Collaboration with Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln e.V. / 48 Stunden Neukölln
Can social, economic and political phenomena such as economic crisis, migration, wars or even crime be understood through the prisms of natural sciences, specifically through the concept of osmosis? And is it possible to deliberate on those phenomena in the context of art?
Headlines during the last three years have fixated on the realities of the economic crisis in Europe that persistently threaten to spread like fire, as one country becomes bankrupt after the other. This has created a yawning gap of inequality between countries that in the recent past experienced relative economic equality within the EU – something that also holds true for social inequalities due to discrepancies in class, race, and gender. This imbalance, sooner or later, must lead to an osmotic process, whereby a less concentrated ‘medium’ flows through a semi-permeable ‘membrane’ into a more concentrated ‘medium’ until concentration equilibrium is attained. Since time immemorial, human beings have responded to the suppression of equality by moving from one point to another in search of greener pastures, following the laws of osmosis.
The exhibition project Positioning Osmotic Impulses invited twenty two artists from five continents to occupy 30 cells and the courtyard of a former prison in Berlin Neukölln with installations, photography, sound art, performances, and film,
The exhibition aimed not to illustrate concepts or to answer questions, but rather was an attempt to encourage invited artists to explore their own praxis with regards to the contexts of the issues raised.
Photo credits: Mary Fang
Publication made as an artistic project by Azin Feizabadi. Have a look here.