What are the Clouds?
November 18, 2017 – March 4, 2018
Exhibition Opening: November 17, 2017, 7 p.m.
The exhibition What Are the Clouds? takes as its point of departure the Reformation Anniversary to reflect on freedom, emancipation, and imagination. The exhibition’s starting point is Pier Paolo Pasolini’s short film Che cosa sono le nuvole? (What Are the Clouds?) from the year 1968. Here, Pasolini stages the Shakespeare drama Othello as a marionette theater where the puppets—played by actors—challenge both their roles and the plot, with even the audience rebelling against Shakespeare’s narrative.
The exhibition thematizes the aesthetic and discursive planes of resistance and participation in What Are the Clouds?, but also its political and social implications. It shows artistic positions that explore current ideas of freedom, emancipation, and imagination and that interrelate historical and contemporary perspectives.
Artwork will be shown by Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme, CPKC (Emily Fahlén, Peter Spillmann, Marion von Osten), Tim Etchells, Glenn Ligon, Frédéric Moser & Philippe Schwinger, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Catarina Simao, Ana Torfs, Ana Vaz, among many others.