13th International Studio Program of the ACC Galerie Weimar and the City of Weimar

ON THE OUTSIDE



International Studio Program

13th International Studio Program 2007 'ON THE OUTSIDE'

Contact:
studioprogram@acc-weimar.de

Deadline was December 8, 2006

Artists of the 13th International Studio Program 2007

The jury's meeting for the 13th International Studio Program of the ACC Galerie Weimar and the City of Weimar took place on December 16, 2006. Out of 157 applications three artists have been selected for the residency in Weimar by the jury consisting of Chus Martinez, curator and director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Noboru Tsubaki, Japanese artist and Head of the Space Design Section at Kyoto University of Art and Design, Ulla Seeger, consultant of Fine Arts at the Stadtkulturdirektion Weimar, Dr. Kai-Uwe Schierz, curator and director of the Kunsthalle Erfurt and Dr. Ulrike Lorenz, curator and director of the Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie Regensburg.

Kristin Lucas from the United States (Feb - May, 2007), Yochai Avrahami from Israel (June - Sep, 2007) and Xabier Salaberria from Spain (Oct 2007 - Jan 2008) will spend four months in Weimar and work on the theme "ON THE OUTSIDE".

ON THE OUTSIDE

If we cast a glance at the world, the global market capitalist economy seems to have established itself for good. There is hardly a corner of the world that is free of its dominion, and its success has precluded any alternative form of organising production, distribution, and consumption in our society. Every expression of opposition, protest, or resignation toward the dominance of the prevailing situation is immediately integrated into the mainstream as something colorful and exotic. Outside of this last remaining idea from the laboratory of possible societal models, there seems to be nothing but emptiness; anything from the outside is assumed to be dangerous. But artists, in particular, are often able to find a critical point of entry into what is outside of our system; they tend to be more sensitive than other people to the individual and collective longing for the political and economic Other. And they continue to do so even after they have fallen into desperation in the face of their (often forced) realisation that an outside can only exist any longer in the fantasy realm of art.

This often manifests itself in the search for everything that the System has as yet been unable to incorporate, holding it to be unfruitful, unproductive, irrelevant, uncomfortable, shoddy, or frightening. This search of course presupposes that something outside of the System exists in the first place - as romantic, questionable, or far-fetched as it may be. Art creates possibilities of thinking differently and imagining things in a different way. An aesthetic, artistic approach can prove to be a radical tool in the search for alternative forms of human organisation. This especially holds true when political ideologies and economic systems, with their power structures and hierarchical functioning, again and again reveal their limits and the obstacles they present to direct communication when faced with a deeper, broader understanding of the world.

The 13th International Studio Program of the ACC Galerie Weimar and the City of Weimar explores the way out when there seems to be none, the breaking of boundaries, the question of what lies beneath the surface, the aesthetic of the outside, ways of evoking pagan heresy; it is about raising real and definite questions and not about offering easy answers. Have the threat of human extinction due to global war, the possible end of progress, the increasingly visible decimation of the environment, the prophecy of the looming end of growth, and the deterioration of traditional value systems in the Western hemisphere, in addition to the phenomenon of a general crisis of meaning in our society, also stimulated the search for a way out, for a way of functioning outside of and overcoming the System? This calls upon to be demonstrated by artistic means. Can art still be a weapon capable of penetrating through the questionable logic of the spiral of consumption and progress aiming at ever greater comfort, alongside the reality of an ever greater dystopia, opening up new and better doors to the outside, when we are willing to be outsiders?

Artists should apply who are interested in exploring the limits of the System's effectiveness, who investigate what is outside of our societal and value system, who thematize the threshold of the outside or even the outside itself. But this should not be first and foremost about the passivity of inner and spiritual emigration and maintaining the greatest possible distance from the ruling power, but rather about revealing active potentialities, about offering possibilities of thinking, feeling, and acting outside the logic of the System. Artists are sought who see themselves as pathfinders and pacesetters for a meaningful outside, instead of limiting themselves to the role of compromise-making and consensus-oriented lackeys of the within.



Contact:
studioprogram@acc-weimar.de