Wonder World. Expecting a Restless Future
September 22 - October 25, 2009
Special Project for the 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Arts
the Ekaterina Cultural Foundation
Hilger Contemporary, Vienna
Istituto Italiano di Cultura
Michael Fliri (Italy; lives in Austria)
Anastasia Khoroshilova (Russia; lives in Germany)
Joan Leandre (Spain)
Brian McKee (Usa)
Thomas Wrede (Germany)
Danwen Xing (China)
In these times of economic instability and existential uncertainty, of ever increasing tempo, of virtual spaces and ephemeral relationships, is it still possible to imagine a better world?
The pursuit of happiness, as sole raison d'etre, appears to be confined within the perpetual extension of the present in which everything happens and is frittered away to exorcize the fear of the future. The sacredness of this life and faith in eternity have been replaced by contingency and instantanetity, by motives of mere expediency and gratification, by endlessly repeated incitements to consume and compulsory satisfaction of one's appetites.
In such a context what is wonderful and astonishing stands out, because only what seems to be quite exceptional, even incredible, is really worth being taken into consideration.
The realities, imagined, dreamed, revealed and proposed in the works of the invited artists, represent a way to get out from everyday life and to face the uncertainties of tomorrow: a world of games, pretences, fantastic constructions, visual illusions, hyperbolic flights, passing from human dimension to urban scale and to space vision.