09/11/2011 - 23/04/2012
watch beckett's not I at ubuweb (recommendation: to skip longish intro, advance video to 02:50)
volume! proposes an interpretation of the transition from the twentieth to the twenty-first century based on a paradigm shift in art in terms of materials, sensory aspects and programming. the exhibition questions the clichés that identify the twentieth century as the ‘century of the image', and the 1980s with the supremacy of painting (the ‘great irony', as brian o'doherty writes in the afterword to his seminal work inside the white cube, of ‘a reconfirmation of all that had been laid bare and rejected'). instead, the exhibition places the pre-eminence of sculpture and photography at the centre of change at the turn of the present century, by rejecting and surpassing the minimalist principles that had dominated sculpture until the seventies, and, in the case of photography, by going beyond the concept of the document in favour of a new aesthetic dimension.
volume! identifies the turn of the century as the moment of consolidation of sound and voice as materials for artistic production. the new model is rooted in experimental video and cinema works that favour a narrative language that gradually frees itself from the image....the relationship between voice and image, vocal experimentation, the inner voice and the voice of power, are some of the approximations to the human voice that can be found in this exhibition.
many thanks to victòria cortés and macba for providing high definition images for this post!
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