YES! Association / Föreningen JA! are happy to announce that we will be part of the group exhibition Performing Relationships AT KV Leipzig. The exhibition is initiated by Krisztina Hunya_Daniel Niggemann and will be on view June 29 – August 13, 2017. Opening: June 28, 2017, 7 pm
YES! Association / Föreningen JA! will participate with a second version of the durational participatory action All that you touch You Change. All that you Change Changes you (2016-2017).
The exhibition also includes works by: Johannes Bendzulla, Jennifer Bennett, Miklós Erhardt (Big Hope), Máté Fillér, Mutter/Genth, titre provisoire, Anna Lena von Helldorff, YES! Association / Föreningen JA!, Heimo Zobernig.
Below you can read the exhibition statement by Krisztina Hunya_Daniel Niggemann:
”This project is dedicated to collaborative working structures that have been increasingly tested within communities and as part of working methodologies in the art field. Today we are faced with an accumulative need for collaborative approaches, increased by the spread of a project oriented (artistic) praxis, which has spread over various sectors of our neo-capitalized society. Collaboration as defined by Mark Terkessidis is a form of cooperation that is not limited to joint action but also shapes each participant’s mindset throughout the process. It is not merely an unorganized, grassroots democratic discussion, but a goal oriented initiative, whereas authority is not denied but transparently formed.
How do institutions and curators adopt these strategies and generate a cooperative working field for the sustainable implementation of material and immaterial economies? How can networking or the habit of adding ‘friends’ and connections become substantially productive tools for working together? How can symbolic capital become visible? How are individual interests served within collective makeups, and how can conflicts trigger productive arguments? How can open, peer-to-peer structures sustain and at the same time contribute to strengthened aims and conceptions?
This project thus concentrates on individual artistic attempts that have dealt with collaborative formations as an integral part of their practice. Furthermore, the art institutional format of the Kunstverein specifically KV Leipzig is taken under close examination. The status quo of its members and the polyphonic decision making structures will be mirrored against the aforementioned questions. Further collaborators of the project are found across the Central Eastern European institutional landscape and individual research interests that have been digging into the theoretical and practical endeavours of collaborative working.
Collaboration may as well be regarded as a grid that overcomes the representative model of our post-democratic age. An attempt for activating joint decision-making processes and active community building forces, while equally contributing to the preservation of individualized lifestyles. Leipzig, a city that experienced increasing demographic and economic growth over the last decade, is faced with these questions on a daily basis. While community based initiatives continue to thrive, soaring real estate prices and company interests tend to work against grassroots collaborative structures, thus constantly questioning if their long-term existence would remain utopic.”