International 2010 Archives
Kunsthalle, Bern (Switzerland)
Animism is a long-
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 -
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-
© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2012. All Rights Reserved
Exhibition 15 May -
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-