What makes it possible for a work of art to live simultaneously in the aesthetic and social worlds? How can we encourage or enhance a multi-temporality and cross the line between common objects and artistic objects without succumbing to the privatization of culture as a form of property? Questions like these are the crux of the year-long program SYMPTOMS OF THE FUTURE.
The first exhibition in this series BRICKS — BASKETS — POTS presents works by Bie Michels and Marjetica Potrč, exploring our deep connection to soil.
Over three years Bie Michels explored the production of bricks in Madagascar and worked closely with local craftsmen. For this exhibition Michels develops a script/choreography for bricks that is continuously performed during the exhibition, as an extension of her project Piles of Bricks (working process).
Marjetica Potrč transforms her original drawing Nomads Inhabit Islands, Settlers Build Walls (2016), that brings together the desire for freedom and the desire for security into a monumental walldrawing. The Basket Weaver Weaves Difference and The Pot Maker Shapes Unity, two drawings and two objects inspired by indigenous practices, compare object-making with world-making.
Bie Michels's film La couleur de la brique will be screened at OUT OF SIGHT during Antwerp Art Weekend, on Friday, 14 May at 7pm.
SYMPTOMS OF THE FUTURE is supported by Flemish Authorities and the City of Antwerp.