press release

and|or—but, yay*

Opening, November 13, 2018, 7 pm
Exhibition, November 14 – December 21, 2018

With works by
Nicoleta Auersperg, Oscar Cueto, Kyungrim Jang, Jakob Kirchweger, Mara Novak, Asher O’Gorman / Anne-Clara Stahl, Lola Pfeifer, David Reiner, Huda Takriti, Ayşe-Gül Yüceil

In contrast to conventional research processes, for example in the sciences, research in an artistic context not only precedes the artistic work that results but also becomes the actual object of the investigation. Within artistic fields of practice that are dedicated to research, artists not only bring certain topics, issues, and ideas to our attention using visual means; in the best case they also examine the possibilities and alternatives offered by their own actions. Research thus becomes inseparable from the art object as the boundaries between the work and methods are erased.

The exhibition and|or—but, yay explores aesthetic fields of endeavor that not only constantly reflect on and revise their own materials, forms, and media, but whose speculative approach itself becomes an object of investigation and representation. “The aim of the research is neither to capture reality graphically nor to describe it linguistically, neither to check previous hypotheses nor to follow up on preliminary questions or document processes. Instead, it seeks to be identical with practice and by revising, circumventing, and treating that practice to activate implicit knowledge and generate new findings [...] – research conducted on one’s own behalf that provides information through its execution.” (Hanne Seitz) In the exhibition and|or—but, yay, aesthetic practice is thus understood as a form of knowledge that not only describes and/or visualizes reality but also shapes it.

Program of events
November 22, 2018, 7 pm
Around and about round tables
A round table talk about and as artistic research with Lisa Rozman, Alex Samyi, Lukas Vejnik