February 21, 2006 - Z33 - No.12 EXCES – images and bodies in times of excess
February 21, 2006

No.12 EXCES – images and bodies in times of excess

images and bodies in times of excess

12th of February – 21st of May 2006

Arts centre Z33
Zuivelmarkt 33
B-3500 Hasselt
T: 32(0) 11 29 59 60


Tuesday – Saturday: 11 am to 6 pm
Sundays: 2 to 5 pm
Free admission

Arts centre Z33 focuses on contemporary art and design through integrated multidisciplinary projects. Its name, introduced in 2002, refers to the address: Zuivelmarkt 33 in Hasselt, Belgium. The centre is situated in the former beguinage of Hasselt. Its exhibition space consists of the 18th century beguinage infrastucture (houses and garden) and a larger exhibition wing built in 1958.

Exhibition design by Ann Clicteur.
Curator is Pieter Van Bogaert.

EXCESS examines the way the media relate to our everyday experience, goes in search of the images behind that reality and probes for the feeling behind these images. The exhibition shows both mediated images and unmediated; made by professionals and amateurs; spectacular and unspec-tacular ones; images that are unreachable, that maybe havent been made yet or that are already forgotten. It places the ongoing image flow in newspapers, on television and on the internet within a broader perspective.

After experiencing the September 11 attacks live on radio and television; after seeing photos of torture in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq worldwide on the web; after getting explosions in London immediately on the mobile it seems like nothing happens without there being images of it. We are inundated by them, from the newspapers in the early morning to the late-night news on television.

Or is that just how it feels? Are we being blinded by a surfeit of images or a lack of them? Do we see the same images too often and is there a need for greater diversity? Perhaps we have to conclude that there are never enough images for a correct representation of reality.

These and other questions link EXCESS to Jean-Luc Godard’s Histoire(s) du Cinéma. This film history, which is also a history of the 20th century, pays as much attention to the films that were not made as to those that were. EXCESS wants to transpose this Borgesian project to the digital era. Which images do we see (or see too much) and which do we not (or too little)? And another important point: how do we react to these pictures? What feeling arises amongst them?

A search for the pictures behind the reality is inevitably also about the reality behind the pictures. It is a visual experience, but certainly a physical one too a confrontation with the pictures and with the body with which we view them. This makes each image different for everybody. In agreement with Godard, we can already conclude that this exhibition will not present the right image, just an image: pas une image juste, juste une image.

An exhibition with works by Sergei Bugaev Afrika, Saed Andoni, Herman Asselberghs, Heather & Patrick Burnett-Rose, Lieven De Boeck, Harun Farocki & Andrei Ujica, Kendell Geers, Jean-Luc Godard, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Sagi Groner, Thomas Köner, Kuda.org, Teresa Margolles, Renzo Martens, Alice Miceli, Christof Migone, Rob Moonen & Olaf Arndt, Steve Mumford, Els Opsomer, OVNI, Dierk Schmidt, Alexander Sokurov, Terre Thaemlitz, Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd en Geert Van Moorter.

No. 12 EXCES
12th of February – 21st of May 2006
Tuesday – Saturday: 11 am to 6 pm
Sundays: 2 to 5 pm
Free admission
You can find the complete programme on www.z33.be

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