CONTACT ZONES Andrius Arutiunian, 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

© Pamela Breda

CONTACT ZONES – Andrius Arutiunian, Pamela Breda, Victoria Keddie, Sajan Mani is the second collaboration between the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics and the Museum Angewandte Kunst. The initiative for this joint exhibition was provided by INHABIT, the Institute’s artist-in-residence program, which every year invites two guest artists from different artistic disciplines to spend four months each pursuing their work in dialogue and exchange with scientists.

This exhibition for the second iteration of INHABIT, which features artists Andrius Arutiunian, Pamela Breda, Victoria Keddie und Sajan Mani, presents the artistic works they created during their residencies, in the milieu of a scientific research institute.

As a format without stipulations regarding content, concept, use of media, and subject matter, every residence edition is defined by the themes proposed by the guest artists. For an institute dedicated to the exploration of aesthetics, the perspective of artists who approach the institute and the areas of research with curiosity and present diverse subjects and projects is of great importance. As an expression of the different approaches to the world of science, the artworks are not least defined by encounters, dialogues, and cooperation.

The title CONTACT ZONES refers to the approach to a different culture of knowledge and the challenge of forging a dialogue between the artistic and the scientific field and formulating a common language as well as connecting factors. In cultural studies, the term contact zone describes social spheres in which cultures come up against each other, collide, and struggle. In the context of the residence programme, however, it refers to the sphere of interaction between art and science.

Curator: Eike Walkenhorst

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