Opening 23.11.2019 Duration: 24.11.2019 - 01.03.2020
Participating artists: Heba Y. Amin (AE), Carlos Amorales (MX), Mihai Barabancea (RO), Beni Bischof (CH), Alexander Brener (KZ) & Barbara Schurz (AT), Thomas Hirschhorn (CH), Elsa Louise Manceaux (FR), Jonathan Meese (DE), Anca Munteanu Rimnic (RO), Ciprian Muresan (RO), Janiv Oron (CH), Christodoulos Panayiotou (CY), Augustin Rebetez (CH), Jorge Satorre (MX), Roman Signer (CH), Melanie Smith (UK) und Lena Maria Thüring (CH)
curated by Adrian Notz (CH)
The term «End of Future» describes our situation today. According to this thesis, we have lost the concept of «future» due to different reasons. The two most prominent ones are the rapidly approaching climate catastrophe, that confronts us with a realistic doomsday scenario or the highspeed development of technology, where we can hardly imagine what we will be able to do thanks to technology in ten or even five years. In face of these megatrends’ the only solutions seem to be something like a «self-realization in/with nature», that is: we need to plant over a trillion trees to save the planet, we need to learn to love the tress and to live in the forest again. A lot of doomsday preachers like to say, that we need to start thinking, to meditate and become aware of the role of mankind within the global ecosystem. We are just one part of the living beings on this planet. Technology, in the best case, will help us to do so. We might have to become cyborgs first, before we can go back to nature, and nature itself needs to be biomechanically cultivated and genetically engineered. If we don’t have the concept of future anymore, the only way is to live totally and fully in the now. The now does matter. In a strange mix of panic and hedonism without perspective and imagination, we are actually already living totally and unconditionally in the now. Just extremely unaware and by accident.
The exhibition plays with the idea that «End of Future» as a notion may open up perspectives and imaginations into a new now. Similar to the «End of History» that opened up visions and utopias of the future for the avant-garde a century ago, «End of Future» can open up visions and imaginations of the now, that go beyond a teleological thinking of progress. The exhibition shows different approaches by artists, that deal with art-historical references, transhistorical works in abstraction, contemporary postapocalyptic situations of war and lost hopes, escapist dreams, surveillance, human and environmental catastrophes, spiritual and religious narrations and icons, playful compositions of reality, alternative myths, personal universes of obsession, psychographies and soundscapes opening vast fields of imagination, the creation of new creatures out of an entanglement of the above mentioned doomsday trends and megalomaniac totalitarian utopias that change our understanding of politics and society. With «End of Future» we hope expand the now eternally and end time, to actively and consciously use the now.