A utopian and subversive take on how to make objects talk.
The alchemy of things is at the core of Antje Majewski's multimedia project, which aims at rethinking the representation and meaning of objects in the form of a highly personal and quasi-surreal collection. Based on the investigation of various museums and collections—including research into the encyclopedic structure of the 200-year-old Universalmuseum Joanneum—Majewski presents a utopian and subversive (and seemingly absurd) take on how to make objects talk. Thus Majewski's own museum is a sort of language laboratory—a rhizomatic structure of multilayered connections, a hybrid that sums up an advanced museological experience as beyond spiritual, universal, and hyper-semantics. The project refers to a variety of museum patterns, including the museum as a place of magical practices, or the museum as a site of disrupture and cultural displacement regarding former or other orders and uses of things.
Including a DVD with films by Antje Majewski and postcards with installation views.
Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at Kunsthaus Graz in 2011-2012.
Works by Thomas and Helke Bayrle, Marcel Duchamp, Didier Faustino, Pawel Freisler, Delia Gonzalez, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Edward Krasinski, Leonore Mau, Markus Miessen & Ralf Pflugfelder, Dirk Peuker, Agnieszka Polska, Mathilde Rosier, Gavin Russom, Issa Samb, Juliane Solmsdorf, Simon Starling & Superflex, El Hadji Sy, Neal Tait...
Antje Majewski became best known through her series of photorealistic, figurative paintings, which grapple with existential questions like friendship, love, masquerade, and death. Her topics also revolve around the psychology of individuals in relation to society, history, and social norms.
Edited by Adam Budak, Peter Pakesch.
Contributions by Thomas and Helke Bayrle, Adam Budak, Clémentine Deliss, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Patrick Komorowski, Antje Majewski, Ingo Niermann, Peter Pakesch, Xu Shuxian, Marcus Steinweg, Issa Samb, El Hadji Sy;
reprints by Jorges Luis Borges, Chuang-tzu, Friedrich Hölderlin, John Joseph Mathews.
published in December 2011
16,5 x 23 cm (softcover)
284 pages (80 color and b/w ill.) + 8 postcards + DVD