Haus der Kulturen der Welt, opening March 15, 19hs – curated by Anselm Franke

Animism is a multi-faceted exhibition project that addresses the reevaluation of modernity currently taking place along the lines of Bruno Latour’s “We Have Never Been Modern“. The exhibition’s starting point is the artistic-aesthetic process of animation, best known from cartoons and animation films, and examines its relationship with the categorial definitions and limits of the modern world-view.The attraction of animation, namely, is that it transcends borders: the difference between life and non-life, stasis and movement, the human and the animal, reality and imagination are systematically destabilized by animation.

The Exhibition places these phenomena in the context of the term ‘animism’, which stems from 19th-century ethnology. Animism is generally understood to be a religious practice, which, in contrast to the objectivizing standpoint of modern rationality views objects and nature as living things, which possess different forms of subjectivity. The project asks questions about the borders between objects and subjects, between nature and culture, between the psyche and the material world. The term ‘animism’ becomes that starting point of an inquiry into these borders – not least because they have become more fluid through the global and technological developments of recent years and are therefore being reevaluated. The exhibition, with works by about 30 international artists, creates an Ethnological Museum of Modernity in Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

The accompanying conference (15 – 17 March) brings together a range of theorists and artists who have played an essential role in the revision of the modern view of animism and thus open up new forms of access to our concept of “modernity”. In cooperation with the publishing house diaphanes, the project in Berlin is accompanied by a publication with theoretical texts on the central topic of the exhibition. “Animismus – Revisionen der Moderne”, edited by Irene Albers and Anselm Franke, is the first German-language discussion of central positions in the international debate.

With the artists: Adam Avikainen, Agentur/Agency, Marcel Broodthaers, Didier Demorcy, Walt Disney, Jimmie Durham, León Ferrari, J.J. Grandville, Victor Grippo, Candida Höfer, Tom Holert, Ken Jacobs, Yayoi Kusama, Lars Laumann, Len Lye, Daria Martin, Angela Melitopoulos und Maurizio Lazzarato, Vincent Monnikendam, Istvan Orosz, Roee Rosen, Dierk Schmidt, Erik Steinbrecher, Paulo Tavares, Rosemarie Trockel, Martin Zillinger u.a.Mit den Konferenzteilnehmern: David Abrams, Heike Behrend, Cornelius Borck, Diedrich Diederichsen, Masao Fukushima, Harry Garuba, Hiromi Ito, Esther Leslie, Thomas Macho, Spyros Papapetros, Elisabeth von Samsonow, Erhard Schüttpelz, Isabelle Stengers, Michael Taussig

The project in Berlin is supported by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes.

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