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IT MAY SOUND UTOPIAN / Nr. 5

 

 

Merani Schilcher - MAKE ME A WEAPON

01.04. - 14.04.2021

 

 

Many pacifistically inclined people would agree that in their own private utopias, weapons would not have any right to exist... and one of the countless utopian ideas circling within the heads of dreamers is that art would be made for art's sake and not as a tool to financially enrich people. But when is violence or the threat of a weapon a useful means for protest and change?

This installation is an attack on art dealers and collectors who manipulate modern art for profit, an attack on the commodification of art – tracking a loss of faith in existing structures.

Make Me A Weapon consists of an object of destruction, erected as an extension of this project space, knocking on the door of the inequitable capitalist art market that is speeding towards annihilation, turning the space itself into a quiet aggressor. It is not yet a weapon, instead, it swings back and forth peacefully, lying in wait.

What sets a real weapon apart from an artifact is whoever controls it. This weapon-to-be is not captive to its environment. Instead, it allows anyone passing by to control it, choosing the force and effort put into the interaction by using the controller (found on the website) – the future of this space is in the viewers’ hands. This opens the question as to why humans have a tendency to want to amplify certain actions and to harness destructive potential even though it could mean they themselves are the ones getting hurt.

 

 

Merani Schilcher is a media artist and designer from Berlin with a passion for the internet, machines and experiments. Her interests range from the big questions of the universe all the way to more light-hearted ones like “should I make yet another red project?”. Her focus is always somehow related to human characteristics in technology and how we as humans are currently using and connecting with it. She has previously studied in Berlin, Stuttgart, Aberdeen, and Taipei.

 

 

 

IT MAY SOUND UTOPIAN

04.02. - 23.06.2021 

Exhibition-Relay 2021 

10 Shows, 10 Artists, 4 Guest Curators

 

 

This program is designed to support the artists, curators, and creative individuals to fight back against the COVID-19 crisis.

 

 

Think about the alarming crises in the world. The spreading pandemic, racism and discrimination, growing far-right propaganda, international terrorism, and climate change are to name a few of the perceived threats to our existence. Some people are paralyzed by uncertainty in this unpredictable time, and yes, we are also confronted with severe socio-economic problems. In addition, this unexpected crisis has, unfortunately, accelerated the rate of restrictions on civil liberties, and mass surveillance methods have uninterruptedly risen.

 

Even if it may sound utopian, we are forced to think about new models of how we live” in these perilous times. The image of Utopia” maybe a romantic and unrealistic concept, but it is an urgent one as we try to revise our current problems.

 

Under the title It may sound utopian, DISKURS Berlin launches the second round of the Exhibition-Relay in 2021 to attract, select, and provide an opportunity to artists, curators, and creative individuals. In the first Exhibition-Relay 2020, 16 artists and 2 guest curators were chosen and created 11 exhibitions that received attention from the public and the press. For the past program, please visit.

 

With the second round of the Exhibition-Relay in 2021, we encourage creative thinkers to create personal utopias in this unpredictable and vulnerable world.

 

This project is specifically designed to be viewed through the windows of DISKURS Berlin as our doors remain closed. With the exhibitions changing every two weeks, this fast-paced exhibition program aims to support the art scene to fight back against the COVID-19 crisis.

 

 

Die ungebremste Ausbreitung der Corona-Pandemie, Rassismus, Diskriminierung und der Klimawandel sind nur einige Bedrohungen für unsere Existenz.  Welche Strategie verfolgen wir angesichts dieser alarmierenden Situation in der Welt?

 

Viele von uns sind in dieser unvorhersehbaren Zeit durch Unsicherheit gelähmt und mit schwerwiegenden sozioökonomischen Problemen konfrontiert. Unzählige Ausstellungen und Projekte wurden entweder verschoben oder gar gecancelt. Gerade Kulturschaffende haben daher kaum mehr Möglichkeiten, ihre Arbeit zu präsentieren.

 

Auch in Zeiten einer Pandemie braucht die Welt Kunst. Diskurs Berlin will in dieser schwierigen Zeit Solidarität zeigen.

Künstler*innen und Kurator*innen wird daher Zusammenarbeit in einem besonderen Ausstellungsformat angeboten.

 

In der ersten Ausstellungsstaffel 2020 wurden 16 Künstler*innen und 2 Gastkurator*innen ausgewählt.

Es resultierten 11 Ausstellungen, die Aufmerksamkeit in der Öffentlichkeit und der Presse auf sich zogen.

 

Unter dem Titel „ IT MAY SOUND UTOPIAN “ startet DISKURS Berlin die zweite Runde des Ausstellungsrelais in 2021. 

 

10 Internationale Künstler*innen und Kurator*innen wurden durch Open Calls IT MAY SOUND UTOPIAN

für 5-monatige Ausstellungsstaffeln ausgewählt. 10 Einzelausstellungen sind für jeweils 2 Wochen von Februar bis Juni geplant.

 

„Utopia“ klingt vielleicht nach einem romantischen und unrealistischen Konzept, aber mehr als je zuvor brauchen wir es dringend, um diese schwierige Zeit zu überwinden.

 

Dieses Projekt wurde speziell entwickelt, um durch die Fenster von DISKURS Berlin betrachtet zu werden, während unsere Türen geschlossen bleiben. 

 

Da die Ausstellungen alle zwei Wochen wechseln, soll dieses rasante Ausstellungsprogramm die Kunstszene dabei unterstützen, sich gegen die COVID-19-Krise zu behaupten und die Hoffnung auf eine bessere Zukunft nicht zu verlieren.

 

Jung Me Chai

 

 

 

Curatorial Team

Jung Me Chai, Anna Ratcliffe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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