April 20 – June 8, 2013
In her text “Eye Contact” on Marilyn Manson’s album Born Villain Morag Keil quotes model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley:
“At some point you have to start looking at yourself as a product. You have to do business with yourself. I look at Gisele – she has the character that everyone wants. She has made herself into a brand.”
It happens to all of us, maybe even the best of us. This is where this exhibition got its starting point: in the embarrassing moment when we realize that everything we thought was authentic and that we could be proud of also functions by itself as an image – autonomous and elusive, efficient, deceitful.
Art, life, work, occupation becoming their own representations in the form of positions, fantasies and identities. Caught up in ambivalent desires or ambitions, this pattern of self-definition and self-awareness can be part of an empowerment process, but also unfold as a marketing strategy, filling in specific demands in terms of social exposure and personal/professional expectations.
The practice of an artist is routinely seen as a definition by itself: the embodiment of a lifestyle – the essential post-romantic surplus value. Trouble, annoyance and paradoxes appear here when the conventions of ironic heroization, spleenful projection, or transgression get exhausted. Which is, after all, fine. It’s not the forms and the signs that can stand for an attitude. More so the way they are used, put together and exchanged; activating their potential for meaning and feeling.
Do these problems sound too general, or too familiar? Such looming questions seem not to belong to anyone anymore. They’re the script for plots we’ve followed thousands of times, pretexts for jokes and complaints with friends, or simply statuses to keep your online id up to date. The drive to address them again is analytical as much as it is restless: emotions are rendered visceral and kept distant in the same gesture of making them happen and fixing them. They’re a way to mark one’s own otherness. What is at stake is not the search for the “right” stuff or position – it’s the possibility to deal with prerequisites in order to twist the game.
This, new mindblowing exhibition by castillo/corrales was conceived and produced in collaboration with Egija Inzule, David Douard and Benjamin Thorel.
LILI REYNAUD DEWAR – INTERPRETATION (2013)
Catalogue by several authors
Helbling includes texts by Diedrich Diederichsen, Anthony Elms, Lili Reynaud Dewar, J. Griffith Rollefson.
GUILLAUME LEBLON – HELBLING (2013)
Catalogue by several authors
Helbling includes texts by Stuart Bailey, Michelle Grabner and Hélène Meisel.
CONSENSUS (THE ROOM) (2012)
By Karl Larsson
Consensus (The Room) is a theater play in two acts, that may not be designed to be performed. Characters, props and places don’t follow each other but they look alike. They don’t communicate. They remain stubborn, or stupid – as if they were blind to their destinies, content with hearing voices.
The scene gives room for writing; the stage gives way to the text. Words are to be handled and exchanged, the same way money circulates, glasses are filled up and emptied out, wars are remembered, and phones call on ghosts.
Published in conjunction with Karl Larsson’s show R,A,I,N (Consensus) at Signal, Malmö.
Section 7 Books is castillo/corrales’ bookshop. Installed in the back space of the gallery, it is open on regular hours: 2pm to 7pm, Wednesday trough Saturday.
LAUNCH OF THE TENTH ISSUE OF F.R.DAVID, “…FOR SINGLE MOTHERS”
Friday 22nd March, 2013, 7pm
Reading of Margaret Atwood’s “When it Happens” by editor Will Holder
“…for single mothers” is derived from the series of readings given by Holder since 2007, presenting a heterosexual man who takes the liberty to representing some universal views of humanity, typically expressed by women and homosexuals.
With contributions by: Jean-Philippe Antoine, Cornelius Cardew, Emily Critchley, Elizabeth Crocker, Julia Feyrer & Tamara Henderson, Sharon Hayes, Christian Oldham, and Charlotte Prodger, and more.
published by de Appel arts centre, 2013
Soft-cover, 240 pages
Dimensions: 19 x 12 cm
Paul Haworth – Johnny on a Chorizo (True True True)
The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism (Archive Books)
Animal Shelter no. 2 (restock!)
Irene Kopelman – The Exact Opposite of Distance & The Molyneux Problem (Roma Publications)
Notes from a Revolution: Com/Co, the Diggers & the Haight (Fulton Ryder / Foggy Notion)
Bulletins of the Serving Library no. 4
The Exhibitionist no. 7
Lutz Bacher – Do you love me? (Primary Information – restock)
Kasper Andreasen – Writing Over (Roma Publications)
David Horvitz – Sad, Depressed, People (New Documents)