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"One Sixth of the Earth. Ecologies of Image" presents art produced in countries o f the former Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc dating from the last 15 years. T he exhibition focuses on works of moving image − the medium adopted by many contemporary artists − and develops a broad 'ecological' framework to pres ent and contextualize a wide range of work from different countries and cul tures.

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The understanding of ecology informing "One Sixth of the Earth" is based on the i deas of French psychoanalyst\, Félix Guattari\, as elaborated in his essay "The Three Ecologies" (1989). Here\, Guattari argues that the challenges posed by current ecolog ical dilemmas can be met only by addressing the totality of human societal and environmental ecologies. The author goes on to argue that art represent s one of the modes through which these three levels may be integrated: arti sts operate at the forefront of a new synthesis through which the experienc e of art brings greater balance into our lives thus reducing social and eco logical disruption.

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Though bold this is a strikingly appropriate de scription of countries of the former Eastern Bloc and Soviet Union in the y ears following 1989. The utopian aspirations informing these erstwhile soci alist states were relegated to history following the dystopian experience o f survival among the economically and ecologically damaged societies that t hen emerged. The present exhibition aims to present some of the exciting vo ices of the period by bringing together both well-known and widely exhibite d artists with others who have had much less public exposure.

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The exhibition eng ages a number of disparate\, at times opposed themes\, which not only follo w the trajectories of participating artists\, but also the substantially di fferent histories of their respective countries of origin and/or the locati on in which they are currently active artistically. These include: cultural nomadism − artists a re now at liberty to search abroad for the most suitable schooling and prac tice\; the emergence of vital local art scenes (often building on networks established during th e Communist era)\, which may present artists with difficult choices for adv ancing their careers at home or abroad\; the rise of new nationalisms (with attendant xenophobia and racism affecting many countries in the region)\; issues of gender and sexual identity (in some cases linked to progressive cultural politics of a previous\, communist generation).

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"One Sixth of the Earth" (1926) is also the title of a film by Dziga Vertov\, the most experimental exponent of documentary cinema in the former S oviet Union. The film depicts a utopian vision of multiracial and multicult ural potential in Soviet society. The exhibition makes emblematic reference to this film as an indication of the particular genius and aspirations of artists and curators from this region of the world. The moving image was th e most influential art form during the communist era\, proving itself as a forceful means of artistic critique.

DTEND:20130330 DTSTAMP:20141030T140200 DTSTART:20130330 GEO:49.001798;8.3831662 LOCATION:ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art\,Lorenzstraße 19 \nKarlsruhe\, 76 135 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:One Sixth of the Earth. Ecologies of Image\, Dan Acostioaei\, Victo r Alimpiev\, Matei Bejenaru\, Yevgenia Belorusets\, Irina Botea\, Pavel Bra ila\, Mircea Cantor\, Ştefan Constantinescu\, Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev\, Tomislav Gotovac)\, Dmitry Gutov\, Flaka Haliti\, Community Ar t (Aleksandar Battista Ilić\, Irwin\, Ivana Keser\, Zbigniew Libera\, David Maljković\, ALMAGUL MENLIBAYEVA\, Anna Molska\, Deimantas Narkevičius\, Mi rcea Nicolae\, Kristina Norman\, Adrian Paci\, Alexander Ponomarev\, Ghenad ie Popescu\, Tobias Putrih\, Société Réaliste\, Anri Sala\, Łukasz Skąpski\ , Milica Tomić\, Factory of Found Clothes (Gluklya (Natalya Pershina-Yakima nskaya) & Tsaplya (Olga Egorova))\, Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor\, Little W arsaw\, Andrej Zdravič\, Driant Zeneli\, Artur Żmijewski UID:268735 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130330T200000 DTSTAMP:20141030T140200 DTSTART:20130330T180000 GEO:49.001798;8.3831662 LOCATION:ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art\,Lorenzstraße 19 \nKarlsruhe\, 76 135 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:One Sixth of the Earth. Ecologies of Image\, Dan Acostioaei\, Victo r Alimpiev\, Matei Bejenaru\, Yevgenia Belorusets\, Irina Botea\, Pavel Bra ila\, Mircea Cantor\, Ştefan Constantinescu\, Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev\, Tomislav Gotovac)\, Dmitry Gutov\, Flaka Haliti\, Community Ar t (Aleksandar Battista Ilić\, Irwin\, Ivana Keser\, Zbigniew Libera\, David Maljković\, ALMAGUL MENLIBAYEVA\, Anna Molska\, Deimantas Narkevičius\, Mi rcea Nicolae\, Kristina Norman\, Adrian Paci\, Alexander Ponomarev\, Ghenad ie Popescu\, Tobias Putrih\, Société Réaliste\, Anri Sala\, Łukasz Skąpski\ , Milica Tomić\, Factory of Found Clothes (Gluklya (Natalya Pershina-Yakima nskaya) & Tsaplya (Olga Egorova))\, Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor\, Little W arsaw\, Andrej Zdravič\, Driant Zeneli\, Artur Żmijewski UID:268736 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR