Unknown Quantity

29 November 2002 › 30 March 2003

40.00 €

Unknown Quantity came about as the result of a long-standing interest in the writings and thought of Paul Virilio. Unknown Quantity intends to re-investigate the thought of one of today’s most important contemporary theorists, exploring one of the most important issues raised in his recent writings: the increasing development of accidents as an indirect consequence of man’s inventions.
This exhibition by no means intends to provide a complete overview of the history of accidents, nor does it explore the many ways in which the accident manifests itself in art. Instead, through a selection of documents and the work of contemporary artists, it aims to open up a discussion on the accident and its impact on our world.
On the ground floor of the foundation spaces, a monumental installation by architect Lebbeus Woods and a colossal sculpture by artist Nancy Rubins evoke the concepts of suspension and falling. On the lower level, films and videos by artists, together with a compilation of archive television footage, look to reveal the mystery of those accidents that alter the course of our existence.

Artists: Svetlana Alexievitch, Dominic Angerame, Jem Cohen, Bruce Conner, Cai Guo-Qiang, Peter Hutton, Jonas Mekas, Aernout Mik, Tony Oursler, Artavazd Achotowitch Pelechian, Nancy Rubins, Wolfgang Staehle, Moira Tierney, Andrei Ujica


  • Middlemen, 2001e . Video installation, constant loop; caméra: Benito Strangio; realisation assistante: Marjoleine Boonstra . Courtesy carlier I gebauer. Aernout Mik

  • Little Flags, 2000 . . Film super 8, duration: 6 min., musique: Fugazi (soundtrack mixed by Jem Cohen et David Frankel) . . Courtesy Jem Cohen © 2004

  • La Chute, 2002 . . Concept and design: Lebbeus Woods, with the collaboration of Alexis Rochas . Collection Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris (acq.2003). Lebbeus Woods. Philippe Ruault

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