CONTACT ZONES Pamela Breda, Victoria Keddie, Sajan Mani

17 May – 28 July 2024

Press conference: Thursday, 16 May 2024, 11 am
Opening: Thursday, 16 May 2024, 7 pm

© Victoria Keddie

CONTACT ZONES – Pamela Breda, Victoria Keddie, Sajan Mani is the second collaboration between the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics (MPIEA) and the Museum Angewandte Kunst. The initiative for this joint exhibition came from INHABIT, the Institute’s artist-in-residence program, which hosts two guest artists from different artistic disciplines each year for four months to pursue their work in dialogue and exchange with the researchers. This exhibition of the third and fourth iteration of INHABIT presents the works of Pamela Breda, Victoria Keddie, and Sajan Mani that were created during their residencies, in the context of a scientific research institute.

The title CONTACT ZONES alludes to the interaction between different cultures of knowledge and the challenge of not only fostering a conversation between the arts and natural sciences, but also creating a common language and opportunities for dialogue. While in cultural studies, the term “contact zone” describes a social space where cultures meet, clash, and grapple with each other, in the context of this residency program it refers to the space of interaction between the artistic and scientific fields.

Without conceptual constraints, each iteration of INHABIT is entirely defined by the respective guest artists themselves in terms of the questions posed and the media employed. All the artists have worked in very different ways during their residencies, and their projects are an expression of different approaches to the scientific environment and, not least, shaped by encounters, dialogues, and cooperation.

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