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Animism
Kunsthalle, Bern (Switzerland)

15.05 - 18.07.2010












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Animism is a long-term exhibition and publication project first presented between 22 January and 2 May 2010 in Antwerp in a collaboration of Extra City Kunsthal Antwerpen and the Museum of Contemporary Art. A second version of the exhibition is shown at Kunsthalle Bern from May till July 2010. Subsequent versions will be developed at the Generali Foundation in Vienna and the House of World Clutures in Berlin (with the Free University Berlin) in 2011 and 2012, respectively.


The exhibition responds to a new interest in animism as a concept through which to understand the world and specifically our relation to things, animals and nature differently.


Animism takes as its starting point what was once the backdrop against which modernity defined itself - the boundaries between the animate and inanimate, culture and nature, life and non-life - and critically refletcs on the forms of knowledge an,d power and the aesthetic systems that it produced.


Coined by 19th century anthropologists in the context of the colonial encounter, animism was understood as a "primitive" belief or psychological mechanism through which objects are endowed with a soul, agency and personhood.


Fuelled by changing political constellations, ecological crisis, new technologies and shifting power relations, these modern distinctions are questioned on a massive scale. Animism outlines a challenging perspective to rethink present-day relations in the world.








 












 


































Animism, Kunsthalle, Bern

© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2012. All Rights Reserved

Exhibition 15 May - 18 July 2010. Kunsthalle, Helvetiaplatz 1 - 3005 Bern (CH). Tél.: +41 (0)3 13 50 00 40. Tuesday - Friday 11am - 6pm, Saturday - Sunday 10pm - 6pm.





















The artists : Agency, Art & Language, Christian W. Braune & Otto Fischer, Marcel Broodthaers, Paul Chan, Tony Conrad, Didier Demorcy, Walt Disney, Lili Dujourie, Jimmie Durham, Eric Duvivier, Harun Farocki, León Ferrari, Christopher Glembotzky, Victor Grippo, Brion Gysin, Luis Jacob, Ken Jacobs, Darius James, Joachim Koester, Zacharias Kunuk, Louise Lawler, Len Lye, Étienne-Jules Marey, Daria Martin, Angela Melitopoulos & Maurizio Lazzarato, Wesley Meuris, Henri Michaux, Santu Mofokeng, Vincent Monnikendam, Tom Nicholson, Otobong Nkanga, Reto Pulfer, Félix-Louis Regnault, Józef Robakowski, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Paul Sharits, Yutaka Sone, Jan Švankmajer, David G. Tretiakoff, Rosemarie Trockel, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Dziga Vertov, Klaus Weber, Apichatpong Weerasethakul.