Beyond the Globe
8th Triennial of Contemporary Art U3
Edited by Boris Groys
In our cultural imagination "Cosmos" functions as a code word for the danger of the final extinction of all life on earth, and at the same time for the most radical utopian aspiration of universal harmony. Mankind's dependence on cosmic events that are uncontrollable, even unknown, is the source of a specifically modern anxiety — one could say cosmic anxiety. It's no accident that today's mass culture is so obsessed with visions of asteroids coming out of the black cosmic space and destroying the earth. However, at the same time the cosmic space presents itself as the last frontier — the last chance for genuine human endeavour. The exhibition and its catalogue present many possibilities for the artistic exploration of the topic at hand: the connection between artistic and scientific imagination, the cosmos as analysis of sci-fi culture, perspectives of corporeal immortality and critique of contemporary technology.
The catalogue is edited by Boris Groys, curator of the triennial and eminent art critic and media theorist. The texts were written by the exhibition curator Boris Groys and Zdenka Badovinac, Jože Barši, Boris Beja, Goran Bertok, Irena Borić, Blaž Božič, Chang Tsong-Zung, Gao Shiming, BridA/Tom Kerševan, Sendi Mango, Jurij Pavlica, Keti Chukhrov, Jasmina Cibic, Femkanje, Ida Hiršenfelder, Maja Hodošček, IRWIN, Sergej Kapus, Staš Kleindienst, Nina Koželj, Tanja Lažetić, Gregor Mobius, Lívia Páldi, Marko Pogačnik, Uroš Potočnik, Marjetica Potrč, Tatjana Pregl Kobe, Lina Rica and Boštjan Čadež, Sašo Sedlaček, Ali Van, Anton Vidokle, Arseny Zhilyaev, Dunja Zupančič, Miha Turšič, Dragan Živadinov. The catalogue is designed by New Collectivism.
The English catalogue is co-published by Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, and Sternberg Press, Berlin.
Introduction by the exhibition curator, artist statements and descriptions of artworks.
Boris Groys: Post-Global Desire
Jože Barši: The Gap between Departing and Arriving Demons/Suppositions
Marko Batista: The Techno-Sublime in DIY Electronics
Boris Beja: Vrtača
Goran Bertok: On the Cosmos and Other Things
The Body of Confucius: Curators: Chang Tsong-Zung and Gao Shiming, with Jeffrey Shaw
BridA/Tom Kerševan, Sendi Mango, Jurij Pavlica: Trackeds Houston
Jasmina Cibic: The Pavilion
Lenka Đorojević & Matej Stupica: Neur-O-Matic
Femkanje: Radio Mapping the Independent Scene
Vadim Fishkin: Choose Your Day
Maja Hodošček: If You Remember, I Always Talked about the Future
Ištvan Išt Huzjan: A Reaction in a Reactor
IRWIN: The Corpse of Art
Sergej Kapus: Futur Antérieur
Staš Kleindienst: Does the Cosmos Have a Center?
Nina Koželj: Flow Job
Tanja Lažetić: The Skies above Me
Gregor Mobius: DNA—A Proto-Observer
Marko and Marika Pogačnik: Transforming Chaos into Cosmos and Vice Versa
Uroš Potočnik: Nothing Is What It Seems… We Are in the Draft of the Century
Marjetica Potrč: Survival Strategies and Community Building in Post-Capitalism
Lina Rica & Boštjan Čadež: Tekstomlat
Sašo Sedlaček: Sky in Ruins (di sotto in sù)
Ali Van: Body Temperature
Anton Vidokle: Factories of Resurrection: Interview with Anton Vidokle
Yaji Garden. Art Under the Sky: Curators Chang Tsong-Zung and Gao Shiming
Arseny Zhilyaev: Second Advents: On the Issue of Planning in Contemporary Art
Dunja Zupančič::Miha Turšič::Dragan Živadinov: Actuator::MG
in order of installment in the museum space.
ARTWORK SYNOPSIS WITH PHOTOGRAPHS
are available in the list of artworks.