Peter Weibel. Social Matrix.1971
Peter Weibel. Supreme Court Breaks the Law. 1971
Peter Weibel. Paradoxes of Communication. 1974
Peter Weibel. From the Portfolio of Dogness. 1968
Date: September 11 – November 1, 2015
Venue: MMOMA, 17 Ermolaevsky lane
Curator: Joseph Backstein
Exhibition design: Kirill Ass, Nadya Korbut
*Special guest of the VI Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art.
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents a solo exhibition of Austrian artist, curator, and theorist Peter Weibel. technē_revolution project (from the greek τέχνη [techne], meaning both art and craft) invites the contemporary spectator, used to advanced technology and institutionalized media art, to take a closer look at the questions of media together with the artist who reminds us of the common roots of creative practices and technological inventions. Bringing art and technology back together, Peter Weibel creates a powerful tool for exploring, understanding and problematizing the contemporary.
One of the pioneers of media art, Peter Weibel (b. in Odessa in 1944) started his artistic career in the 1960s with experimental poetry and radical performances. However, he is most famous for his interactive media installations, experimental films and videos, which will make the core of the exhibition at MMOMA. One of the key European ideologists of expanded cinema, starting from the 1970s Peter Weibel curates exhibitions and works as a lecturer. In the 1999 he became the head of the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany, and in 2011 curated the 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (Rewriting Worlds), which featured works by many contemporary media artists.
The exhibition will take the four floors of MMOMA in Ermolayevsky Lane. Along with some of Peter Weibel’s iconic installations (Crucifixion of Identity, 1973; Epistemic Videology, 1974) and videos (The Endless Sandwich, 1969; TV-Death 1 and 2, 1970), it will feature photo and video documentation of his early performances — including those with the Vienna Actionists and Valie Export (From the Portfolio of Dogness, 1968; Tap and Touch Cinema, 1968) — and some new works (I Mass – Mass of I's, 2012; and Room, 2015). The show will be accompanied with a web catalogue featuring Peter Weibel’s drawings, photographic works, videos and audio recordings.
The project is curated by the Commissioner of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow Joseph Backstein.