January 31 – February 5, 2012
One week with... Ivan Bošković - Erde für die Zukunft
Realised by Valeska Hageney
Opening Monday January 30, 2012, 7 - 10 pm
Performance Monday January 30, 2012, 8 pm
Artist Talk Thursday February 2, 2012, 6:30 pm
Opening hours Tuesday - Sunday 3-7 pm
REH KUNST and Valeska Hageney are pleased to present the first One week with ... series. For the duration of one week artists have the possibility to make use of the extension hall for their own ideas and visions. The first event will be Ivan Bošković with his installative performance Erde für die Zukunft (Ground for the future).
In this performance Ivan Bošković engages with the theme of heritage, the central focus being the mystification of the past and the process by which the individual is instituted in the national mythological codex.
With a combination of fortune telling and scientific mannerism Ivan Bošković stages an esoteric session which reveals how easy it is to believe in national values and to recognize one’s self in it. Bošković reveals the context in which the subject is situated: an amalgam of passion and mystique, furthermore supported by scientific authorities and pillars of morality alike. The individual is easily manipulated within these contexts. An instant feeling of group belonging arises, based on the automatic exclusion of the other- a very simple and ancient mechanism which is still very successful nowadays.
One of the central problems is the irresponsible transfer of the historical burden. These conflicts persist due to the insufficient understanding and contention within a generation. Each following generation inherits a handful of contaminated soil. If it wants to build a future on it, it has to decontaminate and process it, regardless of whether the contaminants are pride or guilt.
Ivan Bošković (*1977 in Belgrade) who grew up in ex-Yugoslavia deals with political and social systems, which he finds in the current happenings of economy, culture and religion. Here, irony plays a major role in his work. He studied philology and film in Belgrade and graduated as a master student with Katharina Sieverding at the Universität der Künste, Berlin,