Vernissage: Friday 31.08.2018 at 7.30 p.m.
“Who but we remember these?”
Introduction: Miriam Schmedeke and Michael Stockhausen (curator of the exhibition)

Finissage: Sunday 30.09.2018 at 3 p.m.
“Erinnern” – an artist talk; by, about or also with the participating artists.

Programme for the exhibition:
28.09.18 at 19.30 / Patrick Nehls (media scientist, University of Bonn) gives insights into digital mourning as well as funeral cultures and helps to prepare your virtual appearance.

28.09.18 at 21.30 / Klug, Klüger, Kluge: Open Air ino an unusual place with Alexander Kluge
“The attack of the present on the rest of time”, 1985. please bring corners and picnic, dry weather only.

The art of forming likenesses from earth and clay was invented in Corinth by the potter Dibutades from Sicyon with the help of his daughter. The latter was in love with a young man and, when he went abroad, painted the silhouette of his face with lines on the wall in the light, the father covered the outline with clay, thus obtained an imprint, fired it with his other earthenware in the kiln and set it up.
(Pliny the Elder, Historia naturalis, ca. 77 AD)

The history of mankind, media and art is accompanied by the desire to capture and preserve memories, to pull them out of the darkness and make them visible. At the same time, remembering – beyond the internal – is medially bound: e.g. in language, writing, painting, sculpture, architecture, antiquities, music and the supposedly “documentary” media of photography and film. Media doubts about authenticity, truth or reality are thus part of the DNA of remembering. However, increased storage capacities, the creation of memory products that can be “shared” in real time, the density and range of data seem to be changing the way we remember. Remembering is no longer primarily a retrospective practice, in photo albums or shadowy archives. History is being made – now! And thanks to the lightweight jack-of-all-trades mobile phone, being worthy of history is no longer the privilege of popes, princes or mass movements, but the everyday imperative in everyone’s attention contest. It seems as if a change is taking place in the practice of remembrance, the culture of remembrance as well as the narratives that accompany it.

In this exhibition at Q18, six artists from different generations interrogated “remembering” as an echoing web of what has been, what can be experienced now and what is expected in the future. In different media, from writing, drawing, painting to photography or film, they dealed with different facets of remembering – as preservers and researchers, as doubters or even destroyers. | | | |

Photos: Roland Regner


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