Welcome Too Late

Marguerite Humeau, Parker Ito, Eduardo Terrazas, et al

18 mar – 28 may 2017 Opening: 17 mar 2017 18:00

Artists arriving too late
When everything from climate to technology is changing at accelerating pace, it’s increasingly difficult to keep up. The future undercuts the present and the present recedes into the past at ever greater speed. Artists and documentarists experience arriving too late to the moment they’re trying to capture.

Instead of running after time, attempting to zoom in on the present moment, the tendency is now towards zooming out on other and bigger temporalities. This is the premise for the group exhibition Welcome Too Late in light of changes such as explosive population growth, rising temperatures and sea levels, automation, artificial intelligence, growing inequality, prospects of eternal life, resurrection of animal species and mass extinction.

Based on the concept of “Extemporary Art” curator Toke Lykkeberg has selected a number of trendsetting artists who problematize the concepts of ‘the contemporary’ and ‘contemporary art’ with works that shifts the focus from the moment to larger time perspectives.

Selected artists
The exhibition presents sculptures, installation and movies by younger artists on the scene like Iain Ball (1985, UK), Marguerite Humeau (1986, FR), Katja Novitskova (1984, EE), Parker Ito (1986, US), alongside slightly older exponents such as Anne De Vries (1977, NL), Tue Greenfort (1973, DK) and the pioneer Eduardo Terrazas (1936, MX). The selected artists are all thinking beyond our volatile present to understand the major developments which are rapidly changing the world.

Marguerite Humeau is, for example, concerned with the research  area ‘de-extinction’ that is about reviving extinct species, while Iain Ball turns our perception of time upside down with works that are supposed to resembles fossils from the future. Tue Greenfort’s works deal with ecology seen in a biological, economic and political perspective, while Katja Novitskova examines how media influence our perception of natural history. Eduardo Terrazas has in his longstanding practice worked with illustrating graphically and geometrically rapid or so-called exponential growth.

Welcome Too Late is presented in collaboration with the documentary film festival CPH:DOX and opens March 17 at 6 pm – 10 pm.
During the period March 16 – 26, Kunsthal Charlottenborg will transform into a festival palace and will function as headquarters for this year’s CPH:DOX. In addition to the exhibition, Kunsthal Charlottenborg will also host cinemas, debates, concerts and virtual reality cinema during the festival. Read more about the CPH:DOX-programme.

The exhibition will be free during CPH:DOX March 16. – 26, after which Kunsthal Charlottenborgs regular entrance fee will apply.

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