June 13 - October 4, 2020
Migros Museum of Contemporary Art
8005 Zürich, Switzerland
"Following up on 'Potential Worlds 1: Planetary Memories,' the group exhibition 'Potential Worlds 2: Eco-Fictions' explores speculative designs of the network of relationships between man and nature against the background of our current ecological situation. The consequences of the devastation of nature reveal the need to understand man as a part, rather than the center of the world. This exhibition brings together both historic and contemporary artistic positions that take up and develop this idea by questioning other forms of (co)living. It also addresses the ever-changing role of man in nature at the time of new, post-human technologies and the possibilities these allow for repurposing and coexistence. How can ways be found to create an exchange between all living beings? How can the detritus of the present and the traces of destruction – the “ruins of the Anthropocene” – be handled? What potentials are released when man and nature meet and ally? Which role can art play as a technological, scientific and social experiment? The artists in the exhibition work toward a social consciousness that encompasses all living beings and, based on this attitude, design new forms of togetherness.
Curated by Heike Munder (director, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst) and Suad Garayeva-Maleki (director YARAT Contemporary Art Space) the exhibition will include works by Korakrit Arunanondchai, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefán, Dora Budor, Burton Nitta (Michael Burton & Michiko Nitta), Cao Fei, Julian Charrière, Carl Cheng, Jimmie Durham, Peter Fend, Tue Greenfort, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Helen Mayer Harrison & Newton Harrison, Louis Henderson, Mary Maggic, Mileece, MOON Kyungwon & JEON Joonho, Adrián Villar Rojas, Pinar Yoldas, Zheng Bo. The exhibition will be on view at YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku from November 13, 2020 until February 14, 2021.
An accompanying publication with essays by Benjamin Bratton. T. J. Demos, Suad Garayeva-Maleki & Heike Munder, Reza Negarestani and Jussi Parikka will be released in the summer of 2020."