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[promise, practice, protocol – performing future presences]
14. May 2009 20:00 - 04. July 2009
Group exhibition and 52-hour »squatting« of the castle under the auspices of the featured topic »Dealing with Fear«

By and with current and past fellows of the Akademie Schloss Solitude, including Jan Altmann, Matthias Böttger, Corinne May Botz, Are You Meaning Company, Björn Franke, Marcelo Cardoso Gama, Jonathan Garfinkel, Herbordt/Mohren, Javier Hinojosa, Eunjung Hwang, Karska/Went, Daniel Kötter, Pei Wen Liu, Matthias A. Megyeri, Kaiwan Mehta, Kerstin Meyer, Damir Ocko, Mike Osborne, Bernardo Oyarzun, Sherae Rimpsey, Dubravka Sekulic, Alex Sigman, Tobias Scholz, José Carlos Teixeira and guests from the worlds of philosophy, science and art, organized by Herbordt/Mohren.

[promise, practice, protocol – performing future presences] is a staged group show in three episodes: opening, 52-hour lab and archive. [promise, practice, protocol – performing future presences] erects a multilingual, temporary living space, a motif-driven, closed micro-universe, within in the spaces of the Akademie Schloss Solitude and documents its run. [promise, practice, protocol – performing future presences] searches for moments of personal and societal transition – and how the fear of these moments can become the foundation of hope.

Opening I does not show what is, but rather what could be. The visitor is led through a laboratory filled with fragments and asks how, during the 52-hour lab, processes can be instigated, positions taken, discussions led and hopes fuelled. A multi-vocal, multi-medial dialogue is whispered.

During the 52-hour lab, artists, philosophers and scientists occupy the space. In workshops, lectures, presentations, round tables and lengthy performances, the question is asked: what am I actually doing here? Who is speaking when I say »I«? Which »we« is brought into being in alternative structures of collaboration? Discursive, performative and installative formats melt into a 52-hour marathon performance. The viewers can simply stroll through it or actively participate in the event.

Professional observers, chroniclers and essayists accompany this process and create a continually growing multi-medial archive. The formerly animated exhibition space, the artworks that emerged during the lab and additional objects create the corpus of the subsequent long-term exhibition the Open Archive. At this opening – the Opening II – experts and observers connect indicators with past stories, almost faded traces with the possible future, and leave the room over to its visitors’ imagination.

Schedule for [promise, practice, protocol – performing future presences]
Opening I: Thursday May 14, 2009, 8pm
52-hour Lab: Friday May 22 – Sunday May 24, 2009, Friday 6pm to Sunday 10pm.
Opening II: Thursday May 28, 2009, 8pm
Open Archive: Fr iday May 29 to Saturday July 4, 2009
Tues-Thurs 10am – noon & 2pm – 5:30pm, Fri 10am–noon & 2–4pm, Sat-Sun noon-5:30pm