The Extra Show at the SI

The Extra Show at the SI

Swiss Institute

February 28, 2003

The Extra Show at the SI
05/03/2003 - 26/04/2003

495 Broadway, 3rd floor 
New York, NY 10012 </p>
t: 212 925 2035
f: 212 925 2040

Image: Bruno Peinado, “The Big One World”, 2000

How Many Extra Layers Can We Graft Onto Reality Before It Collapses?

WITH: Virginie Barré, Olivier Blanckart, Stéphane Dafflon, Wim
Delvoye, Daniel Firman, Fischli & Weiss, Sylvie Fleury, Gianni Motti, Bruno
Peinado, Stéphane Satour and Roman Signer

Curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler

Please join the SI and the artists of EXTRA for an opening reception March 5, 2003 6-8 PM, to be followed by an opening party from 8 PM, on the 4th floor of the SI.

Swiss Institute – Contemporary Art / 495 Broadway, 3rd Floor / 212 925 2035

In a new realm of gliding over, in and between the surfaces and folds of
reality, art takes on diverse forms to reveal the extreme elasticity of
the real. Art does not attempt to develop new worlds or new platforms
outside reality. Here, with EXTRA, we see how art and artists
contribute to the densification of the real : to pull stretch and layer reality.
The art of EXTRA constitutes a movement, an energy, a constant oscillation
which serves to shake up our interpretive system. It is the pump, which
dilates and contracts our reality.

EXTRA, a book exploring the layers of the real, will accompany the
exhibition. Twenty-eight artists are each contributing original 8-12
page visual essays in color. Participating artist include, among others,
Olaf Breuning, Gelatin, Christian Jankowski, Ugo Rondinone and Jim Shaw with
texts by Olivier Mosset, Bob Nickas, Marc-Olivier Wahler and a
correspondance by physicists David Deutsch and Seth Lloyd. 440 pages, 8
x 6 3/8 in. Published by the Swiss Institute – Contemporary Art
with Christoph Merian Verlag.

This exhibition is supported by the swisspeaksFESTIVAL,, as well as by Pro Helvetia (Arts Council of Switzerland) and Presence Switzerland. Thanks also to the support from
Fonds Etant Donnés, SWISS International Airlines and the Cultural
Services of the French Embassy, Stanley Johnson Stiftung, Transcontainer
Transport Inc., and Cliff Diver.

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