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Group show: What Were You Expecting, Mr. Milquetoast, a Plot? (over)

24 January 2014 until 30 March 2014
  What Were You Expecting, Mr. Milquetoast, a Plot?
Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff, „Nicolas, Berlin, Spring 2013“, 2013
  Badischer Kunstverein

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Curated by Roos Gortzak

Badischer Kunstverein presents "What Were You Expecting, Mr. Milquetoast, a Plot?", a group exhibition including works by Vittorio Brodmann, Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff, Sanya Kantarovsky, Liz Magic Laser, and Ola Vasiljeva. The exhibition brings together artists who focus on the place of artistic production and present artworks in a contingent state, susceptible to change from the outside.

The title of the show is borrowed from "The New York Times" review of a 2008 staging of Peter Handke's 1966 play "Publikumsbeschimpfung" ("Offending the Audience"). The actors mock audience members, addressing them as "milquetoasts" for example. They don't assume a "role" in any traditional sense, opting out of illusion or plot. In line with epic theatre, Handke's aim was to make viewers self-aware by laying bare the mechanism of theatre. "What Were You Expecting, Mr. Milquetoast, a Plot?" questions the traditional corset of a group exhibition. Instead of forcing artworks into a preconceived theme, this exhibition can be seen as a set constructed for both artists and viewers alike.

Besides presenting individual works of the four artists and the artist duo, "What Were You Expecting, Mr. Milquetoast, a Plot?" brings new and existing collaborations. Coming out of a generation of artists who frequently open up the isolated process of artistic production, the artists in this show also adopt collective strategies. To name one example: Sanya Kantarovsky and Liz Magic Laser will stage a new performance, theatrically interpreting statistical data related to politics, popular culture and science. The performance will premier during the opening on January 23 at 9 pm, and will live on as a video installation for the duration of the show. The live performance will travel to KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin for a second staging on February, 6.

Vittorio Brodmann (b. 1987 in Ettingen, Switzerland) lives and works in Vienna.
Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff (b.1988 in Minneapolis, Minnesota / b. 1987 in Boston, Massachusetts) live and work in Berlin.
Sanya Kantarovsky (b. 1982 in Moscow) lives and works in Los Angeles.
Liz Magic Laser (b. 1981 in New York) lives and works in New York.
Ola Vasiljeva (b. 1981 in Ventspils, Latvia) lives and works in Amsterdam.

Press Preview: Wednesday, 22 January, 11 am
Opening: Thursday, 23 January, 7 pm
Performance: Thursday, 23 January, 9 pm
"Research and Reporting" by Sanya Kantarovsky and Liz Magic Laser

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