Actually, the Dead Are Not Dead. Techniken des Werdens
Techniques of Becoming is the third and last part of the exhibition series Actually, the Dead Are Not Dead, which was conceived in turn as a continuation of the Bergen Assembly 2019, a triennial for contemporary art in Norway. The third part revolves around the effects and dynamics of infrastructures. The exhibition explores the institutions, networks, architectures, and logistics of both materialized and immaterial nature, with regard to their entangled relations with the prevailing neoliberal and neocolonial power structures.
In addition to the museum, the school, the clinic, or the prison - those classical institutions of biopower that philosopher Michel Foucault investigated extensively and consequently has influenced generations if thinkers and artists - the exhibition focuses on infrastructures that enable the global circulation and administration of commodities, currencies, affects, and discourses: social media, computer games, and other systems of so-called smart technologies. It investigates how these institutions and systems are entangled with structural forms of sexism, racism, pathologization, violence against non-normative and more-than-human bodies, and capitalist extractivsm of recources and living beings.
The show further reflects on the historical contexts of classifying, normalizing, and excluding forms of governing, looking into their histories from the emergence of modern nation-states to the establishment of globally and digitally active economies.
Artists: Daniel G. Andújar, Banu Cennetoglu, Kate Crawford / Vladan Joler, Thirza Cuthand, Anna Dasovic, Laressa Dickey, Eva Egermann, Magdalena Freudenschuss, Robert Gabris, Ali Gharavi, Niklas Goldbach, Philipp Gufler, Jan Peter Hammer, Minna Henriksson, Che-Yu Hsu, Nina Støttrup Larsen, Yunyop Lee, Alice Lex-Nerlinger, Suntag Noh, Jo Spence, P. Staff, peter steudtner, Sunaura Taylor, R A Walden, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, Workers’ Families Seeking Justice (WFSJ) and its Support Group
Curated by Hans D. Christ, Iris Dressler and Viktor Neumann
16 October 2021 - 2 January 2022
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart