DOings & kNOTs At Tallinn Art Hall Hosted By Independent Curators International (ICI)
19 nov 2015 by art:i:curate team
art:i:curate artist Esther Mathis participates in the group exhibition 'DOings & kNOTs' that takes place at Tallinn Art Hall in Estonia.
I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. — Benjamin Franklin
'DOings & kNOTs' is a group exhibition based on the artistic project 'do it', which was initiated by Hans Ulrich Obrist in 1993 and was on display at the Tallinn Art Hall in 1997. This open exhibition model collects written instructions by artists, each of which could be interpreted anew every time they are enacted. The 'do it' project, which is being hosted today by Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York, has undergone a fundamental change in terms of its institutionalisation and organisation. Hence “DOings & kNOTs”, which was initially planned to be about instructions in art, became more about the impossibility of following instructions, rules or a given formula. What is an instruction after all? An assignment? A command? A poem?
“Never working, never not working” is the motto of today’s creative industry, which surrendered to a sort of “culturbocapitalism” that never fails to produce new work — and hence new value — at an ever accelerating speed. 'Do it', then, would be an affirmative encouragement to increase performance. Opposed to this, 'don’t do it' becomes a valid counterpart, an alternative concept focusing on negation, a yang to the yin of overproduction.
This exhibition tries to investigate what lies between refusal and doing, the script and the live moment, interpretation and judgement — imagined ideas and actual situations. The dream (nightmare?) of conceptualism, surface, ART, HUO, the internet, poetry, real space gatherings, twists and traps, cigarettes, books, lists and empty words — how could a present-day art show NOT be about all (or none?) of the above?
Curated by Margit Säde Lehni.
Participating artists: DO IT (HUO & ICI), LOOP, Konstanet, Anna Škodenko, Liina Pääsuke, Rafael Rozendaal, Esther Mathis, Nicole Bachmann, Roland Roos, Jürg Lehni & Alex Rich, George Steinmann, Dora Garcia, Cesare Pietroiusti, Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Aaloe_, GEORGE STEINMANN, DORA GARCIA, CESARE PIETROIUSTI, TELLERVO KALLEINEN & OLIVER KOCHTA-KALLEINEN, Aaloe-Ader-Flo-Soosalu, Alex Cecchetti, Quim Pujol, Olof Olsson, Cia Rinne, Hanne Lippard, Audrey Cottin.
Supported by: Estonian Cultural Endowment, Nordic Culture Point, Pro Helvetia, Mondriaan Fund, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, City of Winterthur, Danish Art Foundation, Spanish Embassy in Estonia, ICI.
The exhibition will open on the 24th of November 2015 and will last until the 10th of January 2016.
DOings & kNOTs at Tallinn Art Hall.
Within the frame of this exhibition Esther Mathis will present her art installation Salt. As part of her art installation Esther instructs the staff of the art space or the gallery owner on how to 'operate the salt crystal machine'. Just like watering a plant, in regular intervals water and salt must be filled up, in order that the salt pillar can grow and finally draw on the sheet underneath it. Out of this process a work is created, which depending on period of time, movement, humidity in the room and carefulness of the attendant develops uniquely. This art installation took the form of an artist book, entitled Salt Manual, which was published the same year and offers the reader the instructions on how to install and care for a 'salt crystal drawing'.
Esther Mathis, Salt, 2014, installation, courtesy of the artist.
Won't be able to see the exhibition in Tallinn? Acquire Esther's Salt Manual and do it yourself.