IMPORT projects is a nonprofit curatorial initiative founded in 2012 by Nadim Samman and Anja Henckel. Hosting exhibitions, performances and symposia, IMPORT provides an experimental platform for contemporary cultural production and debate, primarily exploring the intersection of technology, personal identity and community. While physically operating out of Berlin, IMPORT engages global concerns.
Co-directors – Nadim Julien Samman & Anja Marina Henckel
Vernissage and inaugural exhibition of IMPORT Projects || Technicolour Yawn / Gähn
Steve Bishop (UK), Ed Fornieles (UK), James Howard (UK), Shana Moulton (US), Ryan Trecartin (US)
Special Screening of Ryan Trecartin’s
Roamie View – History Enhancement (Re’Search Wait’S) and The Re’Search (Re’Search Wait’S
18.00-22.00. May 25 (2012)
TECHNICOLOUR YAWN is a transatlantic take on networked self-exposure, consumer mysticism and indifference. It is also the inaugural exhibition of Import projects – a new non-profit project space in Charlottenburg.
TECHNICOLOUR YAWN sets the (multihued) tone for a group exhibition featuring some of the most exciting young artists working in the United States of America and United Kingdom today. The title links sensorial overload (associated with technologies of representation) to boredom. Beyond this well-known relationship it also highlights the themes of compulsion and distaste – as a ‘techinicolour yawn’ is a euphemistic expression for a forceful bout of projectile vomit.
An axis of excess, indifference and convulsive (self)exposure is an all-pervasive feature of our contemporary culture. In accordance with this ‘real’, the featured works invoke incessant pseudo communication and the theme of questionable revelation. Within their various media, profusion of visual and aural noise is the surface rule and the possibility of an exclusive inner space or life is unsettled.
TECHNICOLOUR YAWN features an extensive series of newly commissioned banners by James Howard, and a new multimedia installation by Ed Fornieles alongside a Listerine sculpture by Steve Bishop and
films by Shana Moulton and Ryan Trecartin.