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The Moment You Realise You Are Lost

15 July 2007 — 1 September 2007

Johann König, Berlin

Participating artists
Stella Capes, Tomas Chaffe, Gintaras Didžiapetris, Blue Firth, Alfred Johansen, Benoît Maire, Dan Rees, Catherine Griffiths, Mandla Reuter, Hannah Rickards, Yann Sérandour, Tris Vonna-Michell

Curated by Adam Carr

The Moment You Realise You Are Lost is an exhibition that presents the work of 12 international artists of whom are all unknown to a larger audience, particularly in Germany. One of the central aims of this exhibition resides in a desire to resuscitate and rejuvenate a vital objective behind the purpose of exhibition-making: to form a situation which above all fosters the opportunity for discovery. The work of the included artists, however, functions in contrast to ideas of location and detection by rather sharing an inherent desire to conceal these aspects through various means.

Despite being currently situated at an early stage in the development of their artistic positions, or relatively unexposed to a broad range of audiences, the participating artists share in common a rich, erudite and often densely complex articulation of their ideas. Characterised by an aspiration to position the viewer ambivalently yet never to alientate, the included artists focus on a particular performativity with which they seek to foreground the poetic, the fleeting and the unknown, and to be affirmatively suggestive rather than explicit. Their constellations of work embrace a fusion of fact and fiction, truth and false, and thus push for disorientation and an amplification of doubt. Opting to diverge from being entirely solved, found and uncovered instantaneously, these artists choose instead for their works to operate more covertly.

The Moment You Realise You Are Lost brings together artworks that will introduce a speculative inquiry yet offer very few entirely conclusive answers. Some of the included works are marked by traces of performances which have previously taken place, whilst others take on this strategy though wholly belie the precise course of actions that brought them into being; they appoint to disguise themselves within other works on display or recover ideas lost by others. Some works reveal interlaced histories or offer information unknown; they might partly operate outside of the exhibition space, even taking place beyond the scheduled dates of the exhibition. In addition, the installation, set-up, as well as the dissemination of the exhibition, will be premised on and interfered with by a number of the included works unexpectedly. In exploration of this exhibition, it seems like these artists like to entice the viewer for a walk in the dark, in some cases, quite literally.