June 8, 2018 - HMKV Hartware MedienKunstVerein - Korpys/Löffler: People, Institutions, Objects, Things
June 8, 2018

HMKV Hartware MedienKunstVerein

Design © Korpys/Löffler; VG BILD-KUNST Bonn, 2018.

People, Institutions, Objects, Things
May 26–September 23, 2018

HMKV Hartware MedienKunstVerein
at the Dortmunder U, Level 3
44137 Dortmund
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–6pm,
Thursday–Friday 11am–8pm

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People Institutions Objects Things (PIOS) is the name of a database, which was established by the Federal Criminal Police Office in the 1970s as part of their counter-terrorism efforts.

Observing the periphery of events and collecting evidence from the apparently marginal, to recognize patterns—this is the consistent working method of the internationally known media artists Andree Korpys (b. 1966) and Markus Löffler (b. 1963), who cooperate as a duo for about 25 years and are currently professors at the University of the Arts Bremen.

In their artistic-documentary projects Korpys/Löffler use the methods of the modern surveillance state not on individuals but on the state itself. They deal with the secret work and official representations of state power, as well as with their challengers in the social opposition (such as the former Rote Armee Fraktion (Red Army faction, RAF) and Blockupy or the anti-Castor movement today). "Power" can have a face in the work of Korpys/Löffler—such as the President of the USA or the Federation of German Industries, or the Pope—but more often it is examined in their institutional appearances: the artists are interested in reclusive organs such as the BKA (Federal Criminal Police Office), the BND (Federal Intelligence Service), the Federal Prosecutor's Office, the European Central Bank, the prison or the police.

With eagle eyes Korpys/Löffler observe the outer skin of such state bodies and show the mechanics of their functioning in precisely composed works of art. The artists do not engage in investigative journalism, but focus on the aesthetics of peripheral events, secondary characters and details that begin to speak by themselves: People, Institutions, Objects, Things. The red thread through their oeuvre runs along the visually stunning, but neither morally nor politically evaluative analysis of control structures and their medial precipitation.

In People, Institutions, Objects, Things, their solo exhibition at HMKV, Korpys/Löffler are showing 11 installations and series of works from the last two decades.

Curator: Inke Arns (HMKV Dortmund)
Concept: Holger Kube Ventura (formerly Kunsthalle Tuebingen)

Admission for this exhibition is free.

An exhibition of HMKV (Hartware MedienKunstVerein) in cooperation with Kunsthalle Tübingen and Kunstverein

Funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Funder HMKV Dortmunder U - Centre for Art and Creativity.

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