In 1920 Andre Breton suggsted that one should embrace madness, dreams and excess - anything which stood in opposition to consensual reality. In the show Smell of Pepper we are presented with the works of eight different artists, each searching for a reason, whose meaning and interpretation lies in the unknown.
The artists relate to the apolcalyptical darkening of our own time. Pseudoscience, black magic and ritualization are used to investigate the dark side of our society and dreams. Through mysticism, spirtism and shamanic practices forgotten practices and structures are brought back to life. Documents and artefacts are presented as if we were visitors at an ethnographic exhibition of a dark contemporary age.
The title of the exhibition, Smell of Peper, refers to something contradictory. By revisiting the hedonistic and exhibitive lifestyles of the previous generation, an alternative archeology is constructed out of Nothingness. Several of the artists use acting personas and multimedial experiments in order to create new worlds in our world. Like the alchemist and the scryer seeking to determine the influence of dreams on our world - what happens removed from the light of day.
In conjunction with the exhibition a new issue of Jakob Krajciks art magazine The Fire will be released, focusing on the works of the participating artists.