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Group Exhibition: On Alchemy and Magic (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

May 12, 2017 - July 2, 2017

Photo credit:
‘The Finite State Fantasia’ (2016), Tobias Revell. Photo © Kristof Vrancken
‘Subsecond Flocks – When you startle awake at four in the morning it’s not because you’re feeling happy’, 2016, Femke Herregraven.

From automated consumer electronics and computer information systems to high frequency trading, complex systems are mapping, intervening and creating the experience of the everyday in contemporary society. Their internal logic seems to be hyper-rational, beyond what most human minds can come to understand, intentionally designed to surpass it. But in its far-driven logical functioning, these systems seem to be touching that which goes beyond the rational. Is there a bridge to be made between the hyper-rational and the irrational? How do we make sense of it? And how can concepts such as ‘alchemy’ and ‘magics’ assist in a different understanding of these systems? Will this in fact result in a different relation with these systems? Or do we continue to struggle in a distanced dark?

With Tobias Revell (GB), Frederik De Wilde (BE), Femke Herregraven (NL), RYBN.ORG (FR), Natalie Kane (GB) en Verena Friedrich (DE).

Curator: Karen Verschooren / STUK.


May 12, 2017
July 2, 2017
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Flemish Arts Centre De Brakke Grond
Nes 45
Amsterdam, 1012 KD Netherlands
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