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  [VIEW MAY BE DENIED BY CARGO. Nicole Six and Paul Petritsch]

Kunstverein Medienturm
Josefigasse 1, 8020 Graz

Press talk: 20.4.2012, 9 a.m.
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Opening: 20.4.2012, 8 p.m. Tue–Sat 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Wed–Fri 3–6 p.m.

Curator Sandro Droschl

artist book available

Supporting programme

Openings in the frame of CMRK 20.4.2012, 6–10 p.m. further exhibition openings at Camera Austria, < rotor > and Grazer Kunstverein

CMRK is a network of four independent Graz-based non-profit institutions, whose common interest is the communication of contemporary art within an international context.

Free Shuttle: departure Vienna 3 p.m., Opera, Ikea-bus stop Departure Graz 11 p.m., < rotor >, Volksgarten

impuls Minutenkonzerte 28.4.2012, 3 p.m. New music encounters "View may be denied by cargo". Young musicians play works and improvisations of John Cage, Pasquale Corrado, Franco Donatoni, György Kurtág, Giacinto Scelsi

CMRK exhibitions in dialogue Anton Lederer 16.5.2012, 3 p.m., Sandro Droschl 1.6.2012, 3 p.m.; curators' guided exhibition tour, meeting point Grazer Kunstverein

aktuelle kunst in graz 5.5.2012, 10.30 a.m. Talk: Nicole Six, Paul Petritsch, Sandro Droschl with guests of Lendwirbel further guided tours amongst others with Anja Nathan-Dorn (Cologne), Christian Höller (Vienna) Special opening hours 4.5., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. & 3-11 p.m.; 5.5., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; 6.5., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Lendwirbel 11.5.2012, 7 p.m. Open Air Concert "fragments of an empire" Bar Exil and
For the project "View may be denied by cargo (Aussicht kann durch Ladung verstellt sein)" the artists experiment with all of their possessions: objects that are necessary for their daily routine or the outcome of their work, even though the items appear to be useless. Toothbrushes, books, computers, beds, tables, clothes, cars, but also the keys to their apartment, bank cards or passports are amassed in the Kunstverein Medienturm premises. The original function of those objects is suspended, they are listed in an inventory and presented to the public in sculptural form. The inventory, transfer and the performative rearrangement elucidate the mediality of things.

Nicole Six and Paul Petritsch confront visitors to the exhibition with the system of their own things. How do the objects describe the protagonists' lives? Furniture, for example, is usually arranged along an axis that expresses a regular daily routine and the symbolic presence of its users, and not presented as a category as it is in this exhibition.

A person's home, their setting, the objects with which they surround themselves tell almost everything about him/her, as Jean Baudrillard commented just over 40 years ago in his book The System of Objects. In this text he interprets the mass-produced objects surrounding us as a closed system of signs: an illusory world of consumption where desire and commodity are inextricably linked. On the basis of home furnishings, Baudrillard’s text provides an analysis of the way objects have developed and changed according to their respective reference system: Furniture and the people living amid it form a complex ecosystem, they adapt to suit one another.

From this angle, furniture and objects personify human relationships. The true dimension of objects is subordinate to a moral dimension. Creatures and objects are thus linked to each other and, with this secret understanding, adopt an intimacy, an effective value, which is traditionally described as their “presence”.

At Kunstverein Medienturm, Nicole Six and Paul Petritsch cross the line between inside and outside. Their formal juxtaposition of the objects and the visitors opens their belongings to discussion in a social and a psychological context.

An artist book accompanying the exhibition is published by Verlag für Moderne Kunst, Nuremberg with texts by Mechtild Widrich, Sebastian Hackenschmidt, Bert Rebhandl and Axel John Wieder.

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Nicole Six und Paul Petritsch, View may be denied by cargo, 2012. Exhibition view, Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz