Th 11.11.2010 - Sa 18.12.2010


Kunsthalle Exnergasse


Kritische Komplizenschaft / Critical Complicity


Opening: November 10, 2010 at 7 pm
Discussion: December 18, 2010 at 5 pm

Complicity is the micro-political coalition that operates at these edges of established systems of order. In the shadowy zones of dubious alliances unfolds a critical potential, a multiplicity of subversive modes of production. The spectrum of entanglements in the art field is extensive; the abundance of ingestible positions forms the bases for tension-filled collaborations and multiplies the contradictions.

The aim of the project Kritische Komplizenschaft / Critical Complicity is a topology of the complicit: Three aspect which the curators consider central to alternative artistic practice define the conjunction of different perspectives: the intersections of macro- and micro communities and the moments of interdependency, the frictions of illegal/legal as well as affect and seduction and the field of tactical media. Each of these aspects shall be investigated in a se-parate phase of the project and in collaboration with different partners. Yet it is only in the intersection of these parameters where the complexity of critical complicity emerges.

The separating function of the categories producer-recipient being a system of related identity rolemodels that clearly exists within the conventional art circuits, will be exposed as an ideological construction blocking certain social energies just before they their critical potentiality erupts.
It is the deconstruction of the singular that ties the participants of Kritische Komplizenschaft/ Critical Complicity together. To oppose the current boom of participatory practice and to reactivate artistic collectivity beyond precarious altruism and “synergetic” co-authorship is one of the project’s core interests.

Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber, Dexter Sinister, Hans Haacke, Laura Horelli & Gerhard Friedl, Felipe Mujica with Juan Céspedes, Cristóbal Lehyt, José Luis Villablanca und Johanna Unzueta, Olaf Nicolai, Ahmet Ögüt, Tanja Ostojic, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, What will I not regret later?

Lisa Mazza & Julia Moritz

Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Wien
Kunstraum Lungomare, Bozen/Bolzano
Galerija Skuc, Ljubljana

The project is supported by Botschaft des Königreichs Niederlande Wien.


November 10, 2010 Opening Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna
November 25-28, 2010 Performative Interventions in private-public spaces in Bolzano / Bozen
December 18, 2010 Diskussionsveranstaltung Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna
January 27-30, 2011 Diskursive Plattform, Galerija Skuc, Ljubljana