Category : Documentation

21st Century: Art in the First Decade
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GoMA, Level 3 | Installation view of Ah Xian Metaphysica 2007 | Photography by Natasha Harth

“A distinctive aesthetic is taking shape, one that mixes tastes, imagery and textures from many times and places, creating unexpected conjunctures that override cultural borders, geographic boundaries and semiotic stereotypes, and melts categorical distinctions such as those usually drawn between the human and the animal.” Terry Smith

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Gallery 1.3 | Installation view of Zhou Xiaohu’s Utopian theatre 2006, Hu Yang’s Shanghai living 2004-05 and The Atlas Group / Walid Raad’s Already been in a lake of fire 1999-2002 | Photography by Natasha Harth, Ray Foulton

Mega cities, micro conversations | Gallery 1.3

In 2007, the world passed a demographic milestone: for the first time in human history, more people lived in cities than in rural areas. The booming 21st-century megacities are in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and are becoming ever more …

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Gallery 3.1 | Installation view of Céleste Boursier-Mougenot’s from here to ear (v. 13) 2010 | Photography by Natasha Harth

“Relations no longer run from the particular to the general, or vice versa, but instead from the local to the world in its totality, which is not a universal, homogenous reality but instead a plural one. In this situation, art seeks the absolute and its opposite.” Manuel Borja-Villel

21st Century: Art in the First Decade
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Installation views: Gallery 1.3 | Installation view of Rivane Neuenschwander’s Mapa-mundi BR (postal) 2007 and SUPERFLEX’s Flooded McDonalds 2008 | Photography by Natasha Harth

Global positioning systems | Gallery 1.3

A concern to document and map the contemporary world, its borders and the often uneasy navigation between ‘local’ and ‘global’ runs through many works in the exhibition. Many artists are responding to increasingly interlinked geographies by producing idiosyncratic and disruptive …

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Installation views: 21st Century: Art in the First Decade | Photography by Natasha Harth

Performance | Level 3, GoMA

Over the last decade, there has been a resurgence in video art of simple performance-based acts to camera. The acts variously involve humour, physical gestures and feats of endurance, and use straightforward technical means. They resonate with the beginnings of …