July 10, 2018 - Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen - Studio for Propositional Cinema: SCENOGRAPHY: Redundant as eyelids in absence of light.
July 10, 2018

Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen

Exhibition view of Studio for Propositional Cinema, SCENOGRAPHY: Redundant as eyelids in absence of light. Photo: Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Gunnar Meier. Courtesy the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin.   

Studio for Propositional Cinema
SCENOGRAPHY: Redundant as eyelids in absence of light.
June 30–September 16, 2018

Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen
Davidstrasse 40
9000 St. Gallen
Hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–6pm,
Saturday–Sunday 11am–5pm

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Studio for Propositional Cinema has attracted much attention in recent years due to their innovative exhibition formats and polemic poetics. Their work draws directly on the tradition of conceptual art and deals with the use of language as a means of creation, interpretation and communication. This practice frequently manifests itself in the exhibition space as text installations but also as performative moments. 

Studio for Propositional Cinema often attempts to stretch the formal and temporal conditions of given cultural forms (exhibitions, publications, cinema, theater and now opera) beyond traditional consumable formats, expanding them to unfold in fragments and iterations over geographical distances and expanded time periods. Interwoven with these tactics are the voices and materials of the exhibition format itself: exhibition design and architecture, didactic mediation, publication and design, as well as the voices and realities through which the host institutions speak. 

Redundant as eyelids in absence of light. is the libretto for a five-dimensional dystopian opera that is realised in various formats: as a concert in Basel, as an exhibition in St.Gallen and finally as a forthcoming publication. For the exhibition at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen Studio for Propositional Cinema has conceived the libretto as a minimal, context-specific sculptural installation throughout and beyond the exhibition rooms. In the process the flow of spectators choreographed by Studio for Propositional Cinema articulates and activates the text, and the libretto is “played” through the architecture of the exhibition rooms. 

A dystopian narrative unfolds of a world in which all forms of language and  interpersonal communication have been mitigated or eliminated. Each of the six songs of the libretto represents the desperate attempts of the protagonists to relearn various forms of communication. The characters yearn for connections in a world in which expressive and dialogic forms have been suppressed to the brink of being forgotten: The Rag-picker strives towards the language of textiles, The Lens-grinder towards the production of images, The Sound-collector strives for sounds and Dancer for the language of movement; two of the protagonists try to record and disseminate these forms of language; The Transcriptionist and The Pigeon-breeder. The seventh character, The Archivist, has the task of collecting and cataloguing all confiscated objects relating to these activities.

Set within the legal conditions governing this narrative’s reality, SCENOGRAPHY: Redundant as eyelids in absence of light. pictures a world perched at the logical conclusion of our own society’s trajectory, proposing the exhibition format itself as a discursive form that can and must transcend the monological in order to help to resist a culture pointed towards the permanent erasure of dissidence. 

Studio for Propositional Cinema was founded in 2013 in Düsseldorf. Solo exhibitions (selection): Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover (2017); Swiss Institute New York, New York (2017); Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf (2016); Taylor Macklin, Zurich (2016); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz (2016); Tanya Leighton, Berlin (2015); mumok, Vienna (2015). Performances: LISTE Performance Project, Basel (2018); Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf (2017); Kunsthal Bergen, Bergen (2016); Index, Stockholm (2016). Further, Studio for Propositional Cinema often collaborates with other artists such as Keren Cytter, Gaylen Gerber, Irena Haiduk, Karin Schneider and Henning Fehr & Philipp Rühr. 

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For further questions please contact Giovanni Carmine or Maren Brauner.

The Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen is supported by St.Gallen City Council, Kulturförderung Kanton St.Gallen, Swisslos, Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art (Partenariat), Migros-Kulturprozent, Ernst und Olga Gubler-Hablützel Stiftung, Martel AG. The educational programme is made possible by Raiffeisen and Kulturförderung Appenzell Ausserrhoden.​

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