March 10, 2005 - Sala Rekalde - The Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds
March 10, 2005

The Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds

Palle Nielsen, Model for a Qualitative Society, Moderna Museet, Stockholm 1968  

The Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds: 20 proposals for imagining the future
10 March to 5 June 2005

sala rekalde
Alameda de Recalde, 30
48009 Bilbao 
salarekalde [​at​]

Participating artists:
Christian Andersson / Art & Language / Fikret Atay / Jacques-Louis David presented by Dominique Lora / Luca Frei and Xabier Salaberria / Anita Fricek / Peter Friedl / El Lissitzky / Kasimir Maliévich / Begoña Muñoz / Deimantas Narkevicius / Palle Nielsen / Nils Norman / Adrian Piper / Tere Recarens / Jonas Maria Schul / Bruno Serralongue / Solmaz Shahbazi / Tommy Stockel

This exhibition’s title is taken from a visionary essay by the Scottish author Alexander Trocchi, published in Internationale Situationiste in January 1963. Recognising creativity as the major force of the modern economy, Trocchi urges a cultural revolt that seizes “the grids of expression and the powerhouses of the mind.” The Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds – produced by rekalde – takes this spirit of emancipation as the starting point for a presentation of artistic proposals for social transformation.

The Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds includes works and new productions by 20 artists and artists groups from different historical and geographical contexts. Working from the knowledge that social space is not a thing among other things, or a product among other products, art constitutes a difference in the public sphere. The exhibition discusses the frictions and conflicts of contemporary society, as well as providing attempts to imagine models for the future. By connecting individual bodies and minds, artistic practice becomes a sharing of experience – a collective pedagogy reflecting people’s work and dreams. Key questions explored by the exhibition are: What is the place and possibility of the artistic imagination? How does art narrate utopia – and its failure? How can contemporary society connect to the future? Through electronic music, murals, playgrounds, constructivist children drawings, a protest garden and an archive, the exhibition opens up the gallery space to the urban space of Bilbao.

The exhibition publication contains essays by the critic and activist Brian Holmes, the philosopher Christoph Menke, the art activist Palle Nielsen, Alexander Trocchi’s original text as well as statements by the curators. It is designed by Rosa Lladó and published by sala rekalde with international distribution by Revolver Verlag. All texts are in Basque, English and Spanish.

Curators: Lars Bang Larsen, Carles Guerra and Chus Martinez.

The Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds includes a programme of workshops and seminars at rekalde:

March 17, 19:00h: Charles Esche, director of Van Abbemuseum

April 12, 19:00h: Bruno Serralongue and Solmaz Shahbazi

April 19, 19:00h: Palle Nielsen and Anita Fricek

May 3, 19:00h: Brian Holmes

More events to be announced.

sala rekalde
Alameda de Recalde, 30
48009 BILBAO
10 March through 5 June 2005

Opening: Thursday 10 March, at 8:00 p.m.
Opening hours:
Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sundays and holidays: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Mondays closed Entrance free

For further information please contact:
Press Department (phone: + 34 94 406 87 07)

The exhibition has received economical support from The Danish Arts Agency and the Institut Francais in Bilbao.

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