The Europa Triangle is a group exhibition about how we imagine Europe today, explored by ten international artists and designers whose work is concerned with public space and current affairs. Curated by Kit Hammonds, Tutor from the RCA’s Curating Contemporary Art MA, with additional contributions by students from the programme. The title of the exhibition refers to a motif present between all the works – triangles. This simple shape is used by the artists to comment on models for public space in society, politics and economics.
Hannes Zebedin’s new commission looks at grass-roots movements resulting from last year’s London riots. Using waste materials from the carpet store in Tottenham where the riots began, Zebedin’s work looks at cycles of deprivation and renewal and the careful balance of order and disorder in society. Diego Santomé’s poetic documentary records immigrants building elaborate sandcastles for pocket change while they await their entry papers, suggesting their imagination of western European continents wealth.
Corporate pyramid structures reflect the power of governance - Lincoln Tobier’s play,The Orchestra Pit Theory, looks at the role news media plays in effecting political opinion by reconstructing a television interview with Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Marisol Malatesta’s series of drawings take images from decision-making in local government with participants’ faces obliterated by black triangular blocks. Both comment on the representation of political life in the media and its effects on opinions.
Elsewhere, political structures are made visible in satirical works. Daniel Wilkinson’s installation reconstructs the illicit inside George Orwell’s 1984 which portrays the bureaucratic structure of the Big Brother government – itself a pyramid of Elites, Workers and Proles. Slavs & Tatars’ sculpture, Triangulation, addresses the geography of Europe, not as a centre, but as somewhere in between, while also alluding to the third way politics dominant in liberal states in recent years. Nils Norman’s satirical maps propose an anarchist view of Romney Marshes, a triangle of land known for its independence and coined ‘the fifth continent’.
By drawing together various social models The Europa Triangle seeks to relate political issues as being equally formative in Europe’s character. Further research by the curator and students of the MA Curating Contemporary Art programme will be displayed in a space designed by Oliver Klimpel and Christian Teckart alongside a programme of public talks and workshops.
The Europa Triangle is the first exhibition in the trans-national project, Europe (to the power of) n, which will involve contemporary art collaborations with institutions world-wide. It is supported by the Goethe Institut, the EU Culture 2013 Programme, Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Allianz Kulturstiftung, with additional support from Publish and be Damned.
Europe (to the power of) n
Thirty scenarios, and thirty different ways of thinking about Europe, form the point of departure for the trans-regional art project. Europe (to the power of) n, which takes place in Brussels, Istanbul, London, Łódź, Minsk, Novi Sad, Høvikodden/Oslo, San Sebastián, and Beijing. The launch of the project starts with a festival at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin in July 2012. From there the scenarios, that have been developed by international artists in collaboration with international curators, are shown, realised, contextualised and extended at nine venues in and outside the European Union between July 2012 and April 2013. It is a project of the Excellence Initiative of the Goethe-Institut.