20.4. – 2.7.23

Which Gender Has Care?


Radical Care

Opening  20. April 2023, 19 Uhr

Exhibition period  20.4. – 2.7.23

Guided tour  10.06.2013

Artists  Berenice Güttler, bones tan jones, hannsjana, Jonas Lund, Lauryn Youden, Lê Mariables, Nadja Buttendorf, OMSK Social Club, Sebastian Körbs, Sheila Seyfert Menzel, Suzanne Treister, Threads and Tits

Curated by  Yvonne Zindel

In a chan­ging exhi­bi­ti­on and in two events, the pro­ject „Which Gender Has Care?“ looks into the prac­ti­cal poten­ti­al that the four-in-one per­spec­ti­ve holds for the arts. Frigga Haug’s four-in-one per­spec­ti­ve aims to deve­lop a new, femi­nist per­spec­ti­ve on labor. It iden­ti­fies four types of human acti­vi­ty which should be even­ly dis­tri­bu­ted bet­ween all indi­vi­du­als: wage-labor, care work (caring for ones­elf and others), self-care (per­so­nal deve­lo­p­ment) and poli­ti­cal work. Haug’s four-in-on con­cept chal­lenges our con­cepts of labor, of gen­der-rela­ti­ons, of respon­si­bi­li­ty for ones­elf, and of our poli­ti­cal involvement.

Curator Yvonne Zindel rese­ar­ches and works espe­ci­al­ly on the pos­si­bi­li­ties and chal­lenges of digi­ta­li­ty and sus­taina­bi­li­ty. In exhi­bi­ti­ons, salons, and event series, she explo­res NFTs, block­chain, and degrowth, as well as the pos­si­bi­li­ties for deco­lo­ni­al, anti-racist, femi­nist, and inclu­si­ve cura­ti­on and mediation.

„Which Gender Has Care?“ will start with a focus on “wage labor” in act 1 and gra­du­al­ly shift towards a focus on “self-care” in act 3. Unfortunately, the­se two poles are tight­ly lin­ked to each other in the­se hyper-capi­ta­list times. This beco­mes evi­dent in the work of Berlin desi­gner duo Threads and Tits who cau­sed some con­fu­si­on at the Berlin Fashion Week in January 2023. At their „Adidas Reality Wear Show“ the audi­ence was pre­sen­ted with the con­se­quen­ces of explo­ita­ti­ve capi­ta­lism in the fashion indus­try: brui­sed and ailing models pre­sen­ted out­fits dis­cus­sing the bad working con­di­ti­ons at adi­das. In the web series Robotron – a tech ope­ra, Nadja Buttendorf, inspi­red by her own fami­ly histo­ry, exami­nes the poli­ti­cal, mate­ri­al and social con­di­ti­ons in the VEB Kombinat Robotron, the lar­gest com­pu­ter manu­fac­tu­rer in the GDR. Jonas Lund’s The Future of Nothing com­pri­ses a num­ber of short nar­ra­ti­ves that spe­cu­la­te about the con­se­quen­ces of auto­ma­ti­on and AI for the art world and bey­ond. Sebastian Körbs is inte­res­ted in the future of con­tem­po­ra­ry art as well: his pie­ce Nabla Delta looks into the distinc­tion bet­ween art, craft, and design—and into the sub­li­me in times of AI. OMSK Social Club’s work employs the form of a game in order to approach the spi­ri­tu­al. The board game The Living Virtual Theatre was desi­gned with a view to the world wide web’s archi­tec­tu­re. The game will be pre­sen­ted on 20 April with a per­for­mance. Suzanne Treister’s series of aqua­rel­les titled ”HFT (the gar­de­ner)“ is part of a set of dra­wings and com­pu­ter gene­ra­ted pie­ces attri­bu­ted to fic­tion­al cha­rac­ter Hillel Fischer Traumberg (HFT).

In act 2 the works shown from 13.05. onwards deal with ”care“ in the sen­se of care work.

Lê Mariables dif­fe­ren­tia­te their approach from the con­cept of self-care. They exami­ne the care they give or recei­ve and pro­du­ce a pod­cast about it. A bed invi­tes the audi­ence to relax and lis­ten. Berenice Güttler’s ten­der aqua­rel­les stu­dy the fema­le role as the care taker, as a ves­sel, as an ori­fice. The figu­res depic­ted seem to oppo­se the idea to be filled.

Finally, on 10.06., fur­ther artis­tic posi­ti­ons will be exch­an­ged and sup­ple­men­ted for Act 3:
bones tan jones pres­ents Tectonic Incantations, which are based on the Chinese crea­ti­on myth of Pangu. Here, self-care has to give way to radi­cal care for the pla­net in order to out­line a rege­ne­ra­ti­ve future. Lauryn Youden’s Lockdown 2020 reminds us of our all too mor­tal and fra­gi­le bodies that urgen­tly need self-care—and the assump­ti­on of poli­ti­cal responsibility.

Radical Care


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