Exhibition / 52-Hour-Lab
|Bernhardt Herbordt, Melanie Mohren
Promise, Practice, Protocol—
Performing Future Presences
|“The origin of hope is fear, and fear is still adapted to danger towards which, in every epoch, the arts are called so that they may forge another world. Always and no matter how: another world.” (Romeo Castellucci)
[promise, practice, protocol—performing future presences] was a staged group exhibition in three episodes: opening, 52-hour-lab, and archive including research and practice by fellows and guests. At Akademie Schloss Solitude between May 14 and July 4, 2009, a multi-lingual temporary space was offered—a closed micro-universe that included its documented process. [promise, practice, protocol—performing future presences] was in search for moments of individual and social transformation—and how fear could be turned into a kind of hope in these moments.
The first opening did not show the status quo but the promise of what could be. The visitor was asked to move through a series of installations, a lab of fragments that were later open up for 52 hours promising an emergence of diverse processes, different positions, controversial discussions, and fragile hope.
During the 52-hour-lab from Friday, May 22 at 6 pm until Sunday, May 24 at 10 pm, the exhibition spaces and other rooms of the Akademie were occupied by artists, philosophers, scholars, and scientists. In workshops, lectures, presentations, round tables, and performances such questions as follow were posed: What am I doing here? Who speaks when I say “I”? What kind of “We” is produced in alternative structures of collaboration? This time, the visitor was invited to actively participate in the discursive, performative, and installative formats of dialog and cross-disciplinary practice.
With the second opening, the protocol of these activities was made public. During the 52-hour-lab, an open multi-media archive grew continuously and the final objects, art works, and left-overs of the various encounters, as well as, the documented live-performances were presented. This archive extended the previous exhibition and allowed the visitors and participants to search for traces of individual and collaborative approaches to the promise and the practice of dealing with fear.