Knoll Gallery Vienna
Opening 2 October 2014 at 9pm
Curated by Maja and Reuben Fowkes
Participating artists: Tibor Horváth, Oto Hudec, Renata Poljak, Davor Sanvincenti
#underthestars explore ecological alternatives to the tragic figure of the 24/7 immaterial worker who spends too much time in bed – replying to emails, creating clips for social media, interacting virtually, but not going anywhere. The exhibition highlights the opposite tendency of sleeping outdoors, making a bed beyond the illusionary security provided by modern architecture, and challenging the alienation of a technologically-determined life symbolised by the bad habit of working in bed.
Sleeping under the stars could itself be a form of therapy for the distortions to natural cycles brought by over-dependence on technological comforts, countering the psychic deprivation caused by dozing in the invisible magnetic field of the digital bedroom, with even our dreams electronically rerouted by the whir of computers awakening from sleep mode in the depths of night. (more…)