Reality Manifestos - Can Dialectics Break Bricks?

A study of détournement as Art Forms


Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Währinger Straße 59, 2nd Staircase, 1st Floor, 1090 Wien

19 January - 3 March 2012. Opening on 18 January, 19h.

Works in the Exhibition

Elodie Pong (CH)

Elodie Pong, born in Boston, lives and works in Zurich. As an artist and filmmaker she is known for her performative practices playing on the expected and unexpected in relation to the personal and collective and their interplay in the social structure, undermining the codes in mass-media culture. Through the power of speech and image her protagonists make statements as subjects reproducing and repeating various historical and social agents. Her works, psychoanalytically informed, are often built as cycles or in series, assemblages situated between the imaginary and symbolic in the social space in which the mass media act as active signifier in the construction of the self. She is interest in the possibilities of transforming social norms despite normative demands. Her academic training as a sociologist and anthropologist allows her to approach in a complex, layered way identity politics, the constitution of subjectivity, collective consciousness and interpersonal relations in the language system and visual representation.

Endless Ends (2009)

Video loop, 6'48"

Endless Ends is a soundless video installation composed of found-footage sequences from classic films featuring "The End". It seems, on first sight, to be a nostalgic anthology on the end of the grand cinema. Pong's main focus, however, is directed towards the endless world of negative space extending itself before and after these conclusions. The end per se is seen as nothing final, but as a marker of possibilities.

Elodie Pong: Endless Ends (2009)

Endless Ends (2009))

Video loop, 6'48"

Courtesy the artist and Freymond-Guth Fine Arts, Zurich