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Exhibition Detail
We are silently illiterate
Schöneberger Ufer 65
10785 Berlin
Germany


September 6th, 2011 - November 4th, 2011
Opening: 
September 4th, 2011 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Uncomfortable Objects  , Mariana Castillo DeballMariana Castillo Deball, Uncomfortable Objects ,
2011 , Papier maché, aluminium wire, laser prints, various sizes
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Die Galerie und Buchhandlung Wien Lukatsch ist ans Schöneberger Ufer 65 (3. OG) umgezogen. Nach 13 Jahren in der Linienstrasse freuen wir uns, dass wir in Zukunft am Schöneberger Ufer 65 in Tiergarten grössere Räume bespielen können. Buchhandlung und Galerie können hier gleichermassen wachsen.
Wir laden Sie herzlich ein zur Eröffnung am Sonntagnachmittag den 4. September zwischen 15 und 19 Uhr.

Mariana Castillo Deball (* 1975, Mexico City, zur Zeit in Berlin als Stipendiatin des DAAD) wird die Räume mit der Ausstellung "We are silently illiterate" eröffnen.
Ein unbequemer Titel, vielleicht selbst schon ein Uncomfortable Object?

Die Ausstellung ist bevölkert von Uncomfortable Objects, unbequemen Objekten, von non-humans, die ihre Geschichte erzählen, und von potentiellen Bildern, die vom Betrachter konstruiert werden können. Beides sind ästhetische Konzepte, die Deball in Filmen, Skulpturen und Büchern entfaltet und dabei auf Schritt und Tritt erfahrbar macht – perception is a tricky thing. Der Anthropologe Roy Wagner bringt es so auf den Punkt: Das Gehirn ist das einzige Organ im Körper, das narzisstisch genug ist, tatsächlich zu glauben, dass es denkt.

Ein Beispiel für das Konzept der "Uncomfortable Objects"
ist der Film "El Donde estoy va desapareciendo / The where I am is vanishing", den Deball mit unserer Galerie für die diesjährige Biennale in Venedig produziert hat. Darin erzählt das Buch Borgia Codex seine Geschichte. Es ist eines der wenigen Bücher aus der Zeit vor Kolumbus, das die spanische Invasion in Mexiko und die Zerstörung der Kultur der Azteken überstanden hat. Das Buch berichtet wie es nach Europa gebracht und mehrere hundert Jahre in der Sammlung des Vatikans in Rom ungelesen aufbewahrt wurde, um dann schliesslich von einem mexikanischen Jesuiten (und von Alexander von Humboldt) entziffert zu werden. Es erzählt seine Odyssee in den Sprachen seiner verschiedenen Besitzer. Begleitet wird der Text des Films von Tuschezeichnungen, die als langes, ruhiges Bildleoprello am Berachter vorbeiziehen.
Auf der Biennale in Venedig ist neben dem Film das 10 Meter lange Filmvorlage als Leporello zu sehen. In unserer Ausstellung sind Teile der Filmbilder auf einzelnen Tuschezeichungen zu sehen.

Eine andere Gruppe von "Uncomfortable Objects" sind farbige Skulpturen aus Papiermaché, ein flexibles und einfaches Material, das in Mexiko überall verwendet wird. Die Skulpturen ähneln in ihrer Form den Epiphyten (dt.: Aufsitzerpflanzen), die in Bäumen hängen. Diese Luftpflanzen sind keine Parasiten, sie zerstören die Pflanze, auf der sie wachsen nicht.
Die Skulpturen sind beklebt mit digitalen Drucken, Bildern von verschiedenen Orten, die Deball in Brasilien besucht hat. Hier nur ein kleiner Einblick in den Reichtum der Bezüge: "The images that cover the structure are based on my experience in Brazil during the last two years. They include people, places and travels where I followed ‘the inconstancy of the savage soul’, discovering its generosity, flexibility and playfulness. The Museum of the images of the unconscious, where I discovered their amazing archive and the paintings of Artur Amora, the National Museum, where I learned about Amerindian perspectivism, the house of Lina Bo Bardi in Sao Paulo, her exhibitions of popular art, the botanical garden in Rio de Janerio, the wastelands of paper-maché sculptures after the carnival, Glauber Rocha, mathematical models of non-linear figures, and many more."

"Unbequeme Objekte" hat Deball zuerst in der Literatur gesammelt, bei Lewis Carroll, in Ovid’s Metamorphosen, in Geschichten von Augusto Monterroso, Horacio Quiroga, Antonin Artaud, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, bei Franz Kafka und Montaigne. Später entdeckte sie das Konzept auch in der Anthropologie und in anderen Wissenschaften.

Warum sie diesen Uncomfortable Objects eine ganze Reihe von Ausstellungen und Büchern widmet, erklärt sie in einem Interview mit Tobias Ostrander:
"What non-humans have to say about the world we constructed around them, about our definitions, manipulations and usages? What is left of the objects after so much historical maneuvering and what would be the testimony of these objects if they could tell us their story from their perspective?
Our contemporary society is crowded with uncomfortable objects, products of desire, research or imagination; they trigger our conception of the world and compel us to take a position, to change completely our basic understanding of the universe. Uncomfortable objects are constantly being erased, replaced, neutralized and destroyed in order to give space to new things, but this erasure is never complete, we are surrounded more and more by things, quasi-things, fragments, distortions and hybrids (….) …but we don’t know how to deal with this diversity…"


Soeben ist eine neue Publikation von Mariana Castillo Deball erschienen:
Mariana Castillo Deball & Roy Wagner.
Coyote Anthropology: A Conversation in Words and Drawings / Koyotenanthropologie. Ein Gespräch in Worten und Zeichnungen. No. 24 der Reihe 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts / 100 Notizen – 100 Gedanken. dOCUMENTA (13), Hatje/Cantz Ostfildern 2011 (6 Euro)


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The gallery and bookshop Wien Lukatsch has moved to Schöneberger Ufer 65, 3rd floor. After 13 years in Linienstrasse we are delighted to have more space in the future. We kindly invite you to our opening on September 4 in the afternoon from 3 to 7 pm.

Mariana Castillo Deball (born 1975 in Mexico City, currently artist in residency at DAAD in Berlin) will open our new space with the exhibition "We are silently illiterate." An uncomfortable title, perhaps an "Uncomfortable Object" in itself?

The exhibition deals with "Uncomfortable Objects". It is populated with non-humans, that tell their own stories, and of potential images, that can be constructed by the viewer. Both are aesthetic concepts that are unfolded by Deball in films, sculptures and books. All of these make clear that perception is a tricky thing. The anthropologist Roy Wagner puts it like this: "The brain is the only organ in the body that is narcissistic enough to actually believe it is thinking."

An example for this concept of "Uncomfortable objects" is the film "El Donde estoy va desapareciendo / The where I am is vanishing" Deball produced for this year’s Venice Biennale in cooperation with our gallery. The piece is based on the Borgia Codex, one of the few pre-Columbian Mesoamerican codices which survived the book-burning policies of the Spanish conquerors. The film tells, from the point of view of the Borgia Codex, the different adventures and transformations, from how it was brought to Europe and stored unread for many hundred years in a collection of the Vatican in Rome before it was eventually deciphered by a Mexican Jesuit (and Alexander von Humboldt). The book tells its odyssey in the languages of its different owners. The story is accompanied by ink drawings that pass the viewer as a long and calm leporello of images. This 10 meters long leporello is shown besides the film at the Venice Biennale. In our exhibition we present the film vocabulary on separate ink drawings.

Another part of these "Uncomfortable Objects" are colorful sculptures made out of papier-mâché, a flexible and simple material that is widely used in Mexico. The sculptures behave as epiphytes plants, such as bromeliads or orchids that grow upon another plant or sometimes upon some other object, without a parasite behavior. They are also called air plants.
The sculptures are populated by images based on Deball’s experience in Brazil during the last two years. They include people, places and travels where she followed the inconstancy of the savage soul, discovering its generosity, flexibility and playfulness. The Museum of the images of the unconscious, where she discovered their amazing archive and the paintings of Artur Amora, the National Museum, where she learned about Amerindian perspectivism, the house of Lina Bo Bardi in Sao Paulo, her exhibitions of popular art, the botanical garden in Rio de Janerio, the wastelands of papier-maché sculptures after the carnival, Glauber Rocha, mathematical models of non-linear figures, and many more.

First Deball collected dialogues and fables among non-humans, such as Aesop's fables, Ovid’s metamorphoses, Lewis Carroll’s dialogues, and fables by Augusto Monterroso, Horacio Quiroga, Antonin Artaud, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Mario de Andrade, Franz Kafka, and Montaigne. At the beginning she found these dialogues only in fiction literature, but afterwards she found experiments of that sort among historians of science, philosophers, and anthropologists. She explains the reason for dedicating a whole series of exhibitions and books to these Uncomfortable Objects in an interview with Tobias Ostrander:
"What non-humans have to say about the world we constructed around them, about our definitions, manipulations and usages? What is left of the objects after so much historical maneuvering and what would be the testimony of these objects if they could tell us their story from their perspective?
Our contemporary society is crowded with uncomfortable objects, products of desire, research or imagination; they trigger our conception of the world and compel us to take a position, to change completely our basic understanding of the universe. Uncomfortable objects are constantly being erased, replaced, neutralized and destroyed in order to give space to new things, but this erasure is never complete, we are surrounded more and more by things, quasi-things, fragments, distortions and hybrids (….) …but we don’t know how to deal with this diversity…"


Just now a new publication by Mariana Castillo Deball is out:
Mariana Castillo Deball & Roy Wagner.
Coyote Anthropology: A Conversation in Words and Drawings / Koyotenanthropologie. Ein Gespräch in Worten und Zeichnungen. No. 24 der Reihe 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts / 100 Notizen – 100 Gedanken. dOCUMENTA (13), Hatje/Cantz Ostfildern 2011 (6 Euro)


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