September 28, 2014 - Petach Tikva Museum of Art - Recalculating Route
September 28, 2014

Recalculating Route

Aleksandr Ptushko, The New Gulliver, 1935. Film transferred to video. Courtesy of FSUE Mosfilm Cinema Concern, Moscow.

Recalculating Route
October 2, 2014–January 24, 2015
Petach-Tikva museum of Art
30 Arlozorov St.

Petach Tikva Museum of Art celebrates the tenth anniversary of its reopening with 
a new exhibition that explores the experience of transition to a post-global world in the work of contemporary Israeli and international artists.

The exhibition Recalculating Route is presented as part of the 4th International Mediations Biennale Poznań, Poland. A joint frame of art events and exhibitions held this year in 14 cities around the world under the umbrella title Post-Globalism, it strives to create a network between different, remote cities, including New York and Hiroshima, Istanbul and Hanover, Petach Tikva (Israel) and Maputo (Mozambique), San Diego and Montevideo (Uruguay). The Biennale’s subtitle, “When Nowhere Becomes Here,” reflects the confusing current state of affairs in which countries strive to maintain geographical borders and national identities, and at the same time transpire as active players in a global market which threatens anything perceived as “local.”

The digital revolution created the illusion of a world without borders and a promise for freedom of movement for people, commodities, and information; today, however, it has already become clear that the ramified commercial and virtual connections and the tangle of multinational economy have introduced an old-new colonialist oppression under the auspices of international law. Forecasts today appraise the number of migrants moving around the world to reach approximately one billion in the next 50 years—an unprecedented emigration crisis that will shatter entirely the distinction between permanent urban habitation and nomadism. Will the accelerated movement free mankind or will it rather lead to new slavery, which objectifies people as if they were commodities? What kind of geography will be created in a world whose borders are fluid? Perhaps this state of affairs introduces us to a new opportunity: the ability to constitute a geography of dynamic identities in which each subject is required to constantly navigate between numerous forces.

The exhibition reflects the experience of transition to a disillusioned post-global world in the work of contemporary artists who function as double agents, oscillating between the local and the global, tradition and innovation, nationality and internationality, creation and production, labor and goods. It proposes a journey between real and imaginary realms, between textual routes of movement and sights which float in unison on the scanner of the collective unconscious. It echoes epic quests (from Odysseus to Gulliver) in the regions of the imagination and spirit, alongside real journeys of exploration, conquest, and commerce. 

Participating artists:
Eyal Assulin, Guy Goldstein, Lucas Vickers, Ariel Efron, Amos Gitai, Tamar Hirschfeld, 
Ryan Trecartin, Amir Yatziv, Liav Mizrahi, Tali Navon, Sala-Manca (Diego Rotman & Lea Mauas)
Sophie Calle, Aleksandr Ptushko, Martin Parr, Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani

About the Museum: 
Petach-Tikva Museum of Art is a contemporary art space, featuring works by Israeli and international artists in diverse media. The Museum address a wide spectrum of themes from the Israeli cultural sphere, alongside universal issues pertaining to global society in the contemporary era, while promoting innovative approaches to the museum space and the breaching of traditional conventions and boundaries between different artistic mediums and their modes of presentation.

Petach-Tikva museum of Art presents Recalculating Route
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