7 Ways to Overcome the Closed Circuit

Ulf Aminde, Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, Marlene Haring, Eva Koťátková, Mladen Miljanović, Ivana Smiljanić, Saša Tkačenko

21 September – 29 December 2013
Opening: Friday, 20 September 2013, 7.30 p.m.

Welcoming speech: Angela Piplak, Geschäftsführung
Introduction: Stefanie Böttcher, Künstlerische Leitung and Una Popović, curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrad

A cooperation between the Künstlerhaus Bremen and the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade

The diametrical term pairs inner vs. outer imply a demarcation. The condition is a space or line, where essential diversities get together. Furthermore it;s inevitable that each separating line gets closed at a certain point. The absolute dissolving does not exist. In bordering, existence becomes manifest and particularly this insuperable fact forms the real fascination. Not only does it refer to administrative or political borders, but is much more far-reaching, affecting the mantle of the body just like the walls of a museum or the extent of a thought.

7 Ways to Overcome the Closed Circuit is devoted to perforating the membranes that divide every element and thing. The participating artists present the result of having constantly puncturing this skin, making an escape from a system to which they nonetheless cling to. Artistic attempts to break out of the closed circuit will be on show while the 'circle' itself is treated as a working material. Temptation and danger are equally involved in this process, because leaving the circuit also means acting against it. Extreme, subversive, quiet, loud or poetic acts initiate the overcoming of frontiers – be they between states or architectural units, be they mental barriers or social conventions.

7 Ways to Overcome the Closed Circuit is presented in cooperation with the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, where the second part of the exhibition will open in November 2013.


26 September 2013, 8 p.m. 7 Different Initiatives to Overcome... Una Popović and Ivan Petrović, photographer and founder of the Centre for Photography, Belgrad
17 October 2013, 7 p.m. Künstlerische Grenzbewegungen Lecture by Dr. Anna-Lena Wenzel, Art Theorician, Berlin
22. November 2013, 7 p.m. Sibylle Springer lädt ein Premiere Halldorophone Suite Nr. 1 by Hlynur Aðils Vilmarsson, performed by Lynda Cortis, Stadtwaage Bremen, Langenstraße 13. The evening is taking place on cooperation with REM, projektgruppe neue musik bremen.
5 December 2013, 7 p.m. Doris Weinberger lädt ein Reading by  Kaegi, member of Rimini Protokoll, Studio of Doris Weinberger, Künstlerhaus Bremen

Guided tours: 07.11.2013; 19.12.2013, 7 p.m.

The exhibition is supported by:

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