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2006-08-19 until 2006-10-08
PRE-EMPTIVE features works by Christoph Buchel & Giovanni Carmine (CH), Florian Dombois (CH), Zhang Enli (CN), Kris Fierens (B), Aneta Grzeszykowska (P), Marine Hugonnier (F), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (MEX), Camille Norment (USA), Serkan Ozkaya (TR), Vanessa Van Obberghen (B) at Kunsthalle Bern from August 19 to October 8, 2006. The notion of "pre-emptive action" stems from an overpowering sense of fear. Pre-emptive means "designed or having the power to deter or prevent an anticipated situation or occurrence". The pre-emptive strike revived by the Republican administrations in the U.S. testifies to their fear of the unforeseen, of difference, even of freedom.
It is a calculated handling of reality typical of the postcolonial era, tactics already employed under Reagan; a policy of fighting against the "multiform, manoeuvring and omnipresent". It is also an affirmation of what some people call a Śprophetic community‚, i.e. a community that is built on largely irrational convictions, and on moral and religious values.
This exhibition intends to invoke a situation that "pre-empts" the realization and possibility of control. Creating a place suffused with possibilities, this show will be a reflection on the non-effectuation of history, an exploration of the specificity and the irrevocability of the event. It is an exhibition concerned with things that cannot be technocratically mastered, about flightlines and the difficult understanding of freedom versus continuous control.
Glories of Accounting,
Subsculpture 5, 2005
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