The exhibition title Being(s) with draws our attention from human-centered thinking to how everything is connected through various intertwining, co-dependent materials, beings and technologies. However, these relations are not purely harmonious. The challenge of being with others is the core of the exhibition. Its twenty selected artists provide an extensive study of how non-human factors and powers shape our lives.
Contour Biennale 9: Coltan as Cotton is a single, drawn-out continuum lasting more than a year, focussing on ecology, inequality, de-growth, solidarity and racism as major themes through films, installations and performances. On-Trade-Off: LUNÄ Talk on the 18th of May will focus on the environmental, social and economic implications of the extraction and processing of Lithium, a vital raw material needed for the global production of Green Energy.
HIAP offers space for experimental, cross-disciplinary art practices and to actively contribute to topical debates.
The sculptural installation Liquid Properties, realised in collaboration with Toril Johannessen, is currently on view as part of the group exhibition Time Within Time at Verbeke Foundation, a private art site where culture, nature and ecology go hand in hand. Liquid Properties is an experiment that looks at how we relate to (microscopic) life, questioning what is considered attractive, natural, resilient, repulsive, toxic or harmful.
Human beings, nature, money, data, goods ..., all around us, nearby or very far away, everything is continuously in flux. The artists in this exhibition do not position themselves in the focal points of current events. They move quietly and unravel the deeper nature of mankind as a species in constant motion.
Navigating Polarities, measures the blind spots of anthropocentric perspectives alongside – in underwater filmmaker Jean Painlevé’s words – “the mysteries and miracles of nature”. Exploring perception and world views through the lens of diverse fields of thought, the artist asks: How can shifting between the macroscopic and the microscopic help us to imagine complex systems that are otherwise hard to grasp?
The works in this group exhibition will create an awareness of how different elements are entangled in a network of relations. The complexity and relational nature in the works offer a change of perspective of the world and our place in it.
Post-Water is part of a global debate on a theme of water, the most essential natural element that generates and guarantees the maintenance of life, only one of the goods that suffer from the acute crisis of the sense of responsibility of our time.