Josephine Meckseper – “Mall of America” (2009), video, 12:52; © Josephine Meckseper, courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.
The group exhibition Surplus Living starts from the premise that, today, capital accumulation has spread across all aspects of lived society. In an age of convenience, where technological, user-friendly solutions are available at every turn, we often neglect to question the way in which corporate online systems – like Google and Facebook – manipulate our everyday social interactions. Both online and off, social relations have now become primary sites for the instrumentalisation of profit.
Diedrich Diederichsen has described this condition as a “contemporary capitalism of self-optimization, with its imperative to produce a perfect self as a perfect thing”. The exhibition, opening on Friday, March 14 at Alte Münze, questions how art and art criticism function as commodities within this paradigm.
The group show is curated by Elisa R. Linn and Lennart Wolff (km temporaer) in collaboration with London-based poet and curator Harry Burke. It will feature the work of Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri, Josephine Meckseper, Adriana Ramić, Yngve Holen, Chto Delat?, Jasper Spicero, Tatsuo Miyajima, Amalia Ulman, Beny Wagner, Nina Beier, Britta Thie, Jesse Darling, Michael E. Smith, Wilhelm Mundt, Harm van den Dorpel, Li Liao, Raphael Hefti, and Constant Dullaart.
Alte Münze Exhibition Space; courtesy of FTWild Kommunikations GmbH
Blog entry by Alison Hugill in Berlin; Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014.