The Noing Uv It

The Noing Uv It

Bergen Kunsthall

Roger Hiorns, Untitled, 2008. Toyota engine, brain matter, 76 x 61 x 50 cm. Courtesy Corvi-Mora, London.

December 19, 2014

I Aint The Noing Uv It Im Jus Onle The Showing Uv It
A major two-part exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall

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The Noing Uv It
9 January–15 February
Curated by Martin Clark and Steven Claydon

Michael Dean, Trisha Donnelly, Alex Dordoy, Michaela Eichwald, European Space Agency, Cerith Wyn Evans, Florian Hecker, Roger Hiorns, Russell Hoban, Yngve Holen, Jenny Holzer, Richard Hughes, IBM, Edward Ihnatowicz, Mark Leckey, Simon Ling, Sarah Lucas, Allan McCollum, Robert Morris, Jean-Luc Moulène, Matt Mullican, David Musgrave, Seth Price, Magali Reus, Hannah Sawtell, Paul Sietsema, Michael E. Smith, Haim Steinbach, Rudolf Stingel, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rosemarie Trockel, James Welling, Martin Westwood, Bill Woodrow

The Noing Uv It is an exhibition about objects and their image, matter and its memory, and the revealed and concealed nature of “things.” Addressing the possibility of a latent primitive consciousness in materials, it includes work by over 30 international artists, as well as a number of other objects, technologies and artefacts.

The title is drawn from Riddley Walker, a novel written in the late 1970s by Russell Hoban, set some 2000 years after a nuclear apocalypse amongst a primitive society that has slowly emerged from the devastation. The book is written in a fractured, phonetic vernacular, based on the distorted recollection of a worn-down English. Society is now structured around an elaborate “destruction” myth which collapses together mis-remembered Christian and pre-Christian theology, Victorian puppet shows, and a corrupted memory of the lost science and civilisation that led to the splitting of the atom and the nuclear apocalypse.

“Eusa wuz lyn on the groun by the river. Thayr apeerd tu him then the Littl Shynin Man, he wuz in 1 peace. Eusa sed, Wy arn you in 2 peaces? The Littl Man sed, Eusa I am in 2 peaces. It is onle the idea uv me that cum tu gether. Yu ar lukin at the idea uv me and I am it. Eusa sed, Wut is the idear uv yu? The Littl Man sed, It is wut it is. I aint the noing uv it I’m jus onle The Showing Uv It.” 
–Russell Hoban, Riddley Walker, 1980

The exhibition is not “about” Riddley Walker, but it will use some of the themes and the poetic operation of the book as a way to think through various ideas in the exhibition—ideas that concern the nature of matter down to the sub-atomic level; the withdrawn and flickering operation of objects; as well as the evolution of consciousness and the concept of a “holographic” universe. In this way the exhibition points toward a more haptic, object-based vocabulary or intelligence—a kind of secular animism.

The show traces back to include some historic works and artists, highlighting their often enigmatic and intuitive relation to the agency and efficacy of various materials and matter. At the same time it reveals a synergy with a number of younger artists and their connection to the object, the image, and the world, as it is informed through the now ubiquitous reality of the digital. Using current discoveries in physics and science at large, it will also allow more subtle or esoteric elements into the space of the exhibition, as well as fossilised trilobites, an atomic animated film by IBM, a lunar building block from the European Space Agency, and a number of early computer and robotic technologies. 

The Noing Uv It will be followed by The Showing Uv It, an exhibition of recent paintings by Simon Ling, in which many of these themes and ideas will be further developed and expanded. In this way the medium of the exhibition itself—first as a group show, then as a solo show—will also be implicated and explored.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated publication.

The Noing Uv It is curated by Martin Clark, Director of Bergen Kunsthall, and the artist Steven Claydon. It is the first part of a two-part exhibition project. Part 2, The Showing Uv It, will be on display 27 February to 5 April 2015 at Bergen Kunsthall and comprises a solo exhibition by British painter Simon Ling. In parallel with both exhibitions, Bergen Kunsthall presents a new installation of video works by Steven Claydon: The Fictional Pixel and The Ancient Set.

Related events

Performance by Florian Hecker on the opening of The Noing Uv It
Friday, January 9, 9pm

Graham Harman, Steven Claydon and Martin Clark in conversation
Saturday, January 10, 2pm
Graham Harman, the acclaimed American philosopher and one of the core proponents of the influential and controversial Speculative Realism movement, in conversation with the curators of the exhibition The Noing Uv It, Martin Clark and Steven Claydon. Also streamed live on

Dark Ecology & Sonic Acts present: “The Geologic Imagination,” Timothy Morton and Femke Herregraven 
Thursday January 15, 7pm
International book launch and lectures by designer and researcher Femke Herregraven and philosopher and scholar Timothy Morton, author of Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality; Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End Of The World, The Ecological Thought, and Ecology without Nature.

27 January–7 February 2015
Urbanomic is a publisher and arts organization based in the UK that engages in interdisciplinary thinking and production. For this residency, director Robin Mackay works in collaboration with artist Paul Chaney and others to develop a research programme that overthrows the notion of “site-specificity” in favour of the concept of “plot.”

The Showing Uv It
Simon Ling
27 February–5 April 2015

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