International 2009 Archives
For the blind man in the dark room...
Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis (USA)
Our story begins in Ancient Greece with Socrates announcing : "I know that I know nothing". Clearly, confusion has always been at the heart of wisdom.
Centuries later came a statement many have attributed to Charles Darwin : "A mathematician is like a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that ins't there." As a sciencist committed to cataloguing, explaning, and drawing a clear picture of nature, Darwin mocked the mathematician's inhability to describe the physical world in anothing but abstract and speculative terms.
But artists also understand the world in speculative terms. With their help, we can learn to enjoy the experience of not-
Sarah Crowner puts two issues of The Blind Man (edited by Marcel Duchamp, Henri-
In The Fight Way (1983), Peter Fischli and David Weiss dress in rat and bear costumes and meander through the infinitely beautiful Swiss countryside, stopping to consider extistential questions along the way. Their playful revelations are also represented in a newly revised series of diagrams. Rachel Harrison presents her own version of Darwinian exploration in Voyage of the Beagle, Two (2008), a series of fifty-
Matt Mullican's large site-
Between the First World War and his death in 1964, to the noise of the modern era's machines, wars, and technology, Giorgio Morandi painted table-
In a major new sculptural installation that recalls itinerant communities and life off-
Based on an imaginary face-
Les artistes : Anonymous, Dave Hulfish Bailey, Marcel Broodthaers, Sarah Crowner, Mariana Castillo Deball, Eric Duyckaerts, Ayse Erkmen, Hans-
Exhibition 11 September 2009 -
Special exhibition tour
For the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that isn't there will travel to an additional American venue, and a slightly modified version of the exhibition will simultaneously travel to three European venues :
Contemporary Art Museum St Louis : Septembre 11, 2009 -
ICA, London : December 3, 2009 -
MOCAD, Detroit : February 5 -
de Appel, Amsterdam : February -
Culturgest, Lisbon : May -
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