Studio for Propositional Cinema
Gaylen Gerber & Studio for Propositional Cinema Exhibition
23 June – 26 June 2016
Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria
From 2016 onwards KUB Projects manifests a new line of programming at the Kunsthaus Bregenz dedicated to an expanded engagement with current developments in both contemporary art and society. Based on experimental formats and practices, discussions, and interventions that take place in public spaces, KUB Projects furthermore aims to open up a direct dialogue with the town and its community.
To kick off KUB Projects, Chicago-based artist Gaylen Gerber and the collective Studio for Propositional Cinema have been invited to conceptualize an exhibition, beginning in May outside the Kunsthaus Bregenz and concluding with a series of events taking place 23 – 26 June, 2016. Both artists frame their work as performative in character and have developed unique strategies wherein they incorporate works by other artists and cultural producers.
Exhibition starts quietly, with Gaylen Gerber adapting an artwork from Heimo Zobernig’s recent exhibition – an architecturally scaled black monochrome on Karl-Tizian Platz – for one of his Backdrops. This gesture effectively turns Zobernig’s work into a support for Gerber’s own work, which in turn becomes the ground for another invited artist amounting to a series of gestures which will unfold over the course of Exhibition, with the work simultaneously acting as a visual and metaphorical sign for a more event-based exhibition which will be realized at various sites in and around Bregenz.
From 23 – 26 June, the artists have invited other artists who exist within their broader network of exchange to participate in the exhibition. At each event, a Support by Gerber and a series of interconnected speeches by Studio for Propositional Cinema will act as a platform for a program that includes concerts, film screenings, readings, lectures, and performances. Throughout Exhibition the exchange between support and expression emphasizes the role of context in creating meaning and examines the role of such contextualization as an expressive gesture itself.