Design von Stephan Thiel
In the early 20th century, the term of “alter ego” was used to describe the so called wrong identities of schizophrenic patients. Since then the definition developed into a personal attribute, demonstrated as a second Ego to the outside world.
In literature different writers and poets, most notably since the beginning of the 20th century, such as Samuel Beckett, James Joyce and Marcel Proust, deal with the existence of a second Ego. However, since video and film began to be integrated into the fine arts, narrative structures and their related literary concepts of the “alter ego” subject were also assimilated by artists. In the wake of 1990s identity politics, and following the postmodernist dialectic concerning the constructed self (Donna Haraway’s Cyborg), many artists working today question the possible meanings of “identity”. The artists in »I Could Be You« use their own bodies, and those of others, to express individual and particular cultural positions as an “alter ego”, whereas they allegorise constructed characters and dialectical objects.
The exhibition is curated by Alexandra Blättler (curator, Zurich) and Jen Liu (artist, New York; Solitude fellow 2006,)
Participating artists are Alex Bag (USA), Keren Cytter (Israel), Kate Gilmore (USA), Shana Moulton (USA), Laura Parnes (USA), Elodie Pong (Switzerland) and Isabell Spengler (Germany).
Sunday tea and film screening: Sunday, January 14, 2007, 11:30 and 1:30pm
Closing event and discussion with the curators Alexandra Blättler and Jen Liu as well as Isabell Spengler (artist, Germany) and Philip Ursprung (professor for modern and contemporary art at the University of Zurich): Friday, January 19, 2007, 8pm
A cooperation between Akademie Schloss Solitude and fluctuating images in cooperation with the 20th Stuttgart Filmwinter.
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