Conflict Syntax @ Open Space, Vienna

too much, too soon!

15TH DECEMBER – 19TH JANUARY 2019

OPENING: 14TH DECEMBER, 7 PM – 9.30 PM
PROJECT CURATORS: GÜLSEN BAL & WALTER SEIDL

Participating Artist:
Mustafa Akkaya
Tim Brennan
Aydan Murtezaoğlu
Erkan Özgen
Milica Tomić
Lala Raščić
Christina Werner 

OPEN SPACE
Mekan 68
Neustiftgasse 68/1
1070 Vienna

The exhibition too much, too soon! resonates with recent political history, which reflects diverse perspectives on issues of then and now in addressing a reality in which “there is no state in Europe” beyond its borders. In this conviction, can Europe really make it when one considers what is marked by both before and after 1989 where “the notion of the East should be understood as the product of Europe as ideology”(1)?

What is interesting in this argument prevails in a deeper question concerning the so-called alternative left (meaning deprived) politics at the time when “democracy is suspended in the interest of European integration and the survival of the Eurozone” with the same token? Particularly by the disputable “trans-historical” claim on national prefixes as well as ‘sovereign’ nation states. So, what generates the emergence of necropolitical situations? And, what kind of changes are articulated in current artistic practices to create different forms of articulations? 

This engages us with processes of returning to a lost “history” in critical dialogue where political developments overlap with unpredictable forces beyond “dialectical mediation.” Then, how is this reflected in the artistic production that is almost canonised, in which suppression becomes the way of their life and the prisons are almost their home while bedlam is their surroundings? 

In this manner, the participant artists in too much, too soon! address when art ‘becomes’ art in its global appropriation with its sensitive momentous sovereignty within the current political situation globally as well as how it resituates truth of a world.

READ REVIEW IN Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism_Vol. 46 No. 2, June 2019