The organization What Remains Gallery, established in 2009, is dedicated to encouraging artists and creative practitioners to critically reassess the culturally, socially, and politically constructed meanings of the modern world in relation to gender, class, nationality, and age. These factors shape meaning and deeply influence the sensory experience and conviviality across cities, regions, countries, and continents.
Their vision is to re-purpose cultural artifacts through reflection on knowledge, history, and socio-economic realities. They also aim to negotiate transformative strategies for memory work and advocate for a better understanding of the critical force inherent in freedom of speech.
Their motivation is to foster diversity, inclusion, and kinship, actively engaging the audience as participants in this process.
The group shares a common objective of using an interdisciplinary art praxis as a prism to explore the categorical distinction between facticity and validity in relation to the organization and symbolic power of ‘cultural heritage’.
Unfolding Social Ecology
by conceptual artist Martina Riescher is the latest inaugural Exhibition digitized for online audiences.
For the newly installed cyber-cluster MUSEUM OFF OREVER Martina Riescher highlights the seldom interrogated ecology of western social practice on a global scale. The format, which is dedicated to support diverse ways of navigating the worlds is self-critically exploring the intersections of discrimination, racism and economy and isolates the indigestible residues of our consumption-driven world.
Martina Riescher Statement:
The big questions and problems of our time are all interconnected.
An infinite number of things happen around the globe every day. We have unconsciously triggered many of them through our behaviour, but we usually do not find out about them. Nevertheless, all of them have the potential to affect our lives.
For us, the globalized world seems to be composed of an infinite number of parallel worlds. But we don’t feel “responsible” for most of them.
“What if…” is intended as a field of experimentation to sharpen our view of the interrelationships in our globalized society. It wants to make the problems tangible through its pictures. The artist video invites you to stretch your feelers beyond the conventional boundaries of our western hyperculture.
How about if cross-border, sustainable connections and cultural interactions against the background of common humanity were not a utopia, but the norm? Could they lead to real changes?
In the scenes, real meets surreal, idyll meets catastrophe. The focus seems to be on events that are part of our life. But again and again things creep into the picture that normally only take place on the edge of our field of vision…
The protagonists are a bunch of friends, a lonely man, a lonely woman, a table, a boat and an off-screen voice.
The friends are sitting in high spirits at a festive table. A large selection of beautifully prepared dishes can be seen on colourful plates in front of them. The glasses are full. People drink, eat and laugh, food is devoured. New dishes keep appearing on the table. Plates, glasses and table rubbish pile up. The feeding orgy never ends…
A perfomative art-piece to raise questions about the very concepts of preservation, ‘heritage’, immateriality and meaning.
Symbolic values build the conceptual frame for the research on the relationship between words and images in the digitized world, transhistorical authorship, coded connectivness, digital diversification and the residues of the significant other. What remains gallery will focus the limits of perception through the digitized perspective of non- linear history.
whatremainsgallery – postoffice
In order to prevent art from conservation, an installation from 2016 will be kept on track. Material conducted to meaning will be sent out into the orbit of the art universe to a list of different destinations like space probes. Meaning will be lost and probably be decrypted once again…
The object transcends actively through its evolving transformation, different states of motion and varying conditions of reception.
The material adresses the complex interactions of institutional art practices, its language, terms, codes, signals, rituals, commitments, obligations, potency and the efficacy of artistic communication as an aesthetic practice.
The content identifies a constant meta-space between storage and exhibition, between packing and content, the common and uncommon, between meaning and its ever transforming appearance.
The exhibition continues to expand while dissolving simultaneously.
Every further decision made by the person in charge is right and reasonable.
WHAT REMAINS GALLERY would like to thank the following artists for their participation
AI WEI WEI . AKRAM ZATAARI . ALBERT HIEN . ANDREI MOLODKIN . ANDREW BLACKLEY . ARTHUR PAUL . BILL DRUMMOND . CATHY WILKES . CHRISTIAN PHILIPP MÜLLER . DANH VO . DANIEL BUREN . DAVID BLITZ . DUNCAN CAMPBELL . DUSTIN YELLIN . FRANZ LANDSPERSKY . FRIEDRICH KIESLER . FERNANDO SANCHEZ CASTILLO . GENERAL IDEA . IAN KIAER . KERSTIN BRÄTSCH . LAURE PROUVOST . LAWRENCE WEINER . LIAM GILLICK . LUTZ BACHER . MARKUS BENESCH . RICHARD JACKSON . ROY LICHTENSTEIN . SCOTT KING . SOFIA MONTENEGRO . TOBIAS MADISON . TOBIAS REHBERGER . WALID RAAD .