Hideyuki Ando, Junji Watanabe, Tetsutoshi Tabata, Maria Adriana Verdaasdonk | Michael Arata + Doug Harvey | cominghomefunktion | Finishing School (Nadia Afghani, Matt Fisher, Ed Giardina, Jean Robison, Jason Plapp) | Hoël Duretfrom | Kugenuma (Kio Griffith & Chihiro Minato) | Sandra Mann & Erin Kirk | Manual History Machines | Aurélien Mole & Syndicat | Aurélien Mole & Office ABC | IILK (Ichiro Irie & Lucas Kazansky) | Sandra Mann | Sirkku Ketola & Aili Schmeltz | Lulu, Philipp Klemm and Konstantin Pape | Tameka Norris aka Meka Jean | Ladies of the Press
The group show Lazy Susan curated by Kio Griffith and Ichiro Irie is the inaugural effort by the curatorial collective, QiPO. The show explores the concept of collaboration and its limits with the title, “Lazy Susan” referring to the revolving trays often found in the center of round tables at Chinese restaurants in the United States and elsewhere.
This project aims to question to what extend a work of art could be considered collaborative. In film, music or theater, the viewer or listener experiences a work based on the assumption that a work is collaborative, with credits and multiple performers plainly visible. In the case of fine art production, a multitude of people may be involved, in the realization of a piece, but credit is often only given to a single author. In cases such as Koons or Hirst, an army of specialists and assistants are hired in the production process. With many works by Franz West, the gallery visitor or patron completes the work through their interactions with the piece. Also with performance, video and photographic works with multiple performers/models ala Vanessa Beecroft, Stan Douglas or Jeff Wall, the individuals doing the actual performing, acting or posing obviously affect the outcomes of the works.
Among the projects included in the exhibition include cominghomefunktion, a journey currently being made by 5 artists on Ural motorcycles that serve as mobile studios. When completed, they will have traveled from Halle, Germany to New York City and back again, during which time they will cross the Bering Strait on these motorbikes temporarily transformed into aquatic vehicles in order to complete their mission. Also included in the show is work designed and constructed by a team led by Tokyo based artist and inventor, Hideyuki Ando, consisting of a saccade-based light display whose materiality can only be experienced when visitors vigorously shake their heads to view the piece.
The projection room will feature a series of music videos by visual artists who are also in bands, visual artists who have made videos for musicians, and visual artists who have simply appropriated someone else’s music as a soundtrack to their video art works. Music video is an interesting medium in the context of this exhibition, because by necessity it merges film, visual art and music, and almost always requires collaboration on some level.