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Artists and Futurists Convene At M HKA In Antwerp

INTERNATIONAL artists and futurists will take part in a radical new show held at M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp this spring. A Temporary Futures Institute presents an innovative approach to the study of futures, a discipline which explores concepts and strategies about the future. The exhibition considers how art and future studies relate to knowledge in which artificial intelligence, political activism and governance will play a key role. Organised by M HKA’s senior curator Anders Kreuger and Antwerp-based futurist Maya Van Leemput, the show is curated in response to research conducted by futurist James Dator and pioneer of the “four futures” model at the Manoa School of Futures Studies at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Dator believed that, “Any useful statement about the future should appear to be ridiculous.”

Within future studies, initial ideas might seem initially far-fetched. They may challenge our behaviour as new technologies replace past knowledge and become the norm. In this exhibition, professional futurists from the fields of alternative, design, postnormal and technology futures are brought together with international artists from a diverse range of disciplines. Staged within a specially commissioned set designed by the Polynesian artist, Alexander Lee, futures scenarios are envisioned through unconnected themes which include continuation, collapse, discipline and transformation. Participating artists include Belgium painter Kasper Bosmans, sculptor Simryn Gill and film-maker Michel Auder.

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Kasper Bosmans, Legend Future Studies, 2016, courtesy of the artist; Marc Foxx gallery,
Los Angeles and Gladstone Gallery, New York-Brussels

 

Running concurrently with A Temporary Futures Institute is DDT (Design, Develop, Transform), an international futures conference futures practitioners and academics partnered by the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Futures Studies Federation.

by Miranda Charalambous

A Temporary Futures Institute opens from April 27 to September 17, 2017. DDT (Design, Develop, Transform) opens from June 15 – June 17, 2017.
Both events are held at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MHKA), Leuvenstraat 32, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium

Telephone: +32 (0)3 260 99 99

Email: info@muhka.be

Front page image: Kasper Bosmans, Legend Future Studies, 2016, courtesy of the artist; Marc Foxx gallery, Los Angeles and Gladstone Gallery, New York-Brussels

Cathy Wilkes Wins the Maria Lassnig Prize For 2017

THE Maria Lassnig Foundation in Vienna announces the Scottish artist, Cathy Wilkes as the first winner of the Maria Lassnig Prize for 2017. The inaugural award is named after Maria Lassnig, the Austrian portrait painter renowned for her pioneering theory on body awareness. As Lassnig received recognition only later in life, the Foundation’s inaugural art prize is awarded specifically for the achievements of mid-career artists.

Maria Lassnig Prize, art, Cathy Wilkes, winnerMaria Lassnig, Der Tod und das Madchen Der letzte Tango, 1999, Courtesy of Maria Lassnig Foundation

Cathy Wilkes is an installation artist and painter whose subject matter concerns everyday life and human experience such as motherhood, gender roles and sexuality. These assemblages recall the imagined lives of people connected with the Possil Pottery, a nineteenth century Glaswegian company that produced stoneware goods such as bottles for Tennents brewers. Poised between their time-worn household relics, the artists’ scantily clad folk cower under their tattered rags. Like treasured samplers, Wilkes’s evocative scenarios expose her frayed emotions woven falteringly within another time.

Maria Lassnig Prize, art, Cathy Wilkes, winnerCathy Wilkes, Installation view, LENTOS Kunstmuseum, Linz, 2015, Courtesy of the Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. Photograph: Reinhard Haider

Wilkes represented her country at the Venice Biennale in 2005 and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2008. Since presenting at a survey exhibition at the Tate Liverpool in 2015, Wilkes has exhibited at several solo shows in Chicago, Pittsburgh and Munich. Peter Eleey, MoMA PS1 chief curator explains, “Wilkes’ art enacts an exercise in empathy, exposing deeply felt subjective experiences to reach beyond herself while also insisting upon the fundamentally private nature of art making.”

Maria Lassnig Prize, art, Cathy Wilkes, winnerCathy Wilkes, Installation view, LENTOS Kunstmuseum, Linz, 2015.Courtesy of the Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. Photograph: Reinhard Haider

As winner of the Maria Lassnig Prize, she receives 50,000 euros and the opportunity to mount a solo exhibition at the prestigious contemporary art institution, MoMA PS1 in New York. Members of this year’s inaugural Maria Lassnig Prize selection committee included Peter Eleey, MoMA PS1 Chief Curator and Peter Pakesch, Chairman of the Foundation. Other members included the curators Matthias Mühling and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Gallery, Laura Hoptman, Curator of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art and Sheikha Hoor Al-Quasimi, President of the Sharjah Art Foundation and New York-based artist, Zoe Leonard.

by Miranda Charalambous

Front Page image: Maria Lassnig, June 1983, Photograph Courtesy of Kurt-Michael Westermann, Maria Lassnig Foundation