- On The Economics Of Knowledge -
An Official Parallel Project of the 5th Marrakech Biennale
Exhibition: Feb. 28, 2014 - March 22, 2014
Artists: Gilles Aubry Earpolitics (CH) & Zouheir Atbane (MA), Younes Baba-ali (MA), Tal Isaac Hadad (FR), Anne Duk Hee Jordan (DE), Brandon LaBelle (US), Marco Montiel-Soto (VEN), Emeka Ogboh (NG), Lukas Truniger (CH) & Ali Tnani (TN), Paolo Bottarelli (IT), and Evgenija Wassilew (FR/DE)
Curators: Dr. Bonaventure Ndikung and Pauline Doutreluingne
Initiated by SAVVY Contemporary and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), the research and exhibition project Giving Contours To Shadows embarks with its first satellite project If You're So Smart, Why Ain't You Rich? in the framework of the 5th Marrakech Biennale. Both projects tie-in the intervention of Emeka Ogboh, whose work Oshodi Stock Exchange links the satellite projects in Marrakech and Lagos.
The crux of the exhibition If You're So Smart, Why Ain't You Rich? is to deliberate on the 'knowledgeable society' by questioning, through artistic reflection, the place of knowledge and economy within society, as well as their confluence. With its impulse stemming from a piece of the same name written by minimalist composer and pianist Julius Eastman, the project brings together twelve international artists working primarily with sound installation in order to fathom, among other subjects, the collision of the cognitive, intellectual and the economic / financial capital. Eastman's oeuvre is a glimpse into the hassles of society, which he bluntly engraves in his timeless scores. Curated by Dr. Bonaventure Ndikung and Pauline Doutreluingne, and hosted by ESAV Marrakech (l'E?cole Supe?rieure des Arts Visuels de Marrakech), If You're So Smart, Why Ain't You Rich? aims to explore how sound becomes haptic, tactile and textural in the arts, society, politics and the economy.
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
Giving Contours To Shadows takes its cue from the Glissantian conception that History cannot be left in the hands of historians only. In that sense, the project explores the ways in which artists, curators and thinkers relate to their own epoch, to times past and to the drawing of prospective trajectories, thus weaving alternatives into existing narratives: from embodiment practices to the pre-writing of History. It is to this end that the first satellite exhibition in Marrakech If You're So Smart, Why Ain't You Rich? will focus on sound as a medium for producing and transmitting epistemes, in an effort to establish a sonic History of the present, as seen through the prism of artistic engagement.
Giving Contours To Shadows is a project by SAVVY Contemporary and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Maxim Gorki Theater, Gema?ldegalerie Berlin, Centre for Contemporary Art of East Africa (CCAEA, Nairobi, Kenya), Ke?r Thiossane (Dakar, Senegal), 5th Marrakech Biennale Satellite (Marrakech, Morocco), Video Art Network (VAN Lagos, Nigeria) and Parking Gallery/ VANSA (Johannesburg, South Africa). The project is curated by Dr. Bonaventure Ndikung, Dr. Elena Agudio, Storm Janse van Rensburg (round table series), Susanne Husse (project coordinator), Maria Gracia Guimaraes (curatorial assistant).
Giving Contours To Shadows is funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and Ernst Schering Foundation. If You're So Smart, Why Ain't You Rich? is partly funded by Goethe Institute Rabat, Goethe Institute Nigeria, Pro Helvetia and crowdfunders.