Schweben in einer Kiste, 1999, (video still)
Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth
Pilot: A. Caspari, camera: Aufdi Aufdermauer/videocompany.ch,
editor: Aleksandra Signer, photo: © Roman Signer
6 February – 25 April 2010
The 20th century witnessed numerous theoretical and artistic works on the subject of speed as an experimental phenomenon, and as Guillaume Apollinaire predicted in 1903, it might be called „the Century of Speed.“ Thanks to the increasing demand for deceleration, the preoccupation with speed has resurfaced, and is critically scrutinised both as a metaphor for the development of life itself and for concentrated situations full of energy. At the same time, while harnessing the optimism of modernism, speed is enthusiastically celebrated.
The works selected for the exhibition Catch Me! are about the sheer thrill of acceleration but also take a critically detached look at speed, whether via anachronistic deceleration, analysis or forceful extraction of an essence, thereby showing a sometimes downright paradoxical image of a race with life itself.
Gwenaël Bélanger, Christian Eisenberger, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Daniel Hafner, Carsten Höller, Erika Giovanna Klien, Lu Qing, Aleksandra Mir, Lisi Raskin, Ludwig Reutterer, Wilhelm Rösler, Ed Ruscha, Anri Sala, Roman Signer, Xavier Veilhan, Stella Weissenberg, Markus Wilfling…
Curated by Katrin Bucher Trantow
The catalogue contains installation shots of the works on display and essays by Renata Salecl on the topic of fear as a driving force of speed and life itself, Andreas Broeckmann on the history of speed as a history of constant acceleration as well as warnings of impending disasters and by curator Katrin Bucher Trantow on the courage of analysing speed and life itself.
Publication date: 22th February, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, German / English, order: firstname.lastname@example.org