25.05.2011
IN EXCESS, SILENT DIALOGUE curated by Camille Beinhorn, Amanda Fischer, Jade Fusco, Mary Parker Jessup, Hilary Go, Amy Greenberg, Waverly Mandel, Carly Stains, Ainsley Thornburgh, Ting Ting Wei.
Artists: Camille Beinhorn, Nicky Clark, Zhivago Duncan, Agathe Fleury, Jade Fusco, Hilary Go, Amy Greenberg, Mercedes Helnwein, Christian Jankowski, Rin Johnson,
Martin Kohout, Waverly Mandel, Mary Parker Jessup, Maeghan Reid, Alec Soth,
Kurihara Takuya , Ainsley Thornburgh, Ignacio Uriarte, Ting Ting Wei

Students of New York University Berlin’s “Intro to Reality: Art World Institutions in Context” course present In Excess, Silent Dialogue, an exhibition examining the dichotomy between loneliness and silence and modern abundance or mass consumption.

The exhibition has been developed throughout the semester with the guidance of artist Cécile B. Evans, in the context of instructor Ana Finel Honigman's course. Taking place primarily outside of the classroom, sessions of the seminar have shed light on the inner workings of Berlin’s art world through visits to artist studios and galleries and conversations with curators, writers and other art world professionals. Additionally, many students hold internships with artists, exhibition spaces and publications in Berlin. In keeping with the theme “Intro to Reality,” the exhibition at hand is an exercise in the practices of the art world; instead of passively reading about and discussing what constitutes a professional exhibition, students were invited to curate one of their own. Accordingly, the artwork that makes up the show is culled not only from students, part of the criteria was to incorporate practicing artists living and working in Berlin.

The students wrote individual proposals for a show, and two suggestions were combined to form the thematic platform: silence versus excess. The works included examine places of abundance and pockets of loneliness, silence and noise, ascetic minimalism and frenzied all-over accumulation. Though these qualities are inherently aesthetic, the pieces on view allude to the curious contradictions and intersections of excess and silence in quotidian life, prompting reflection on the absurdity of living in a world where it is possible to be empty but constantly consuming, lonely but over stimulated.



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