Reality Manifestos - Can Dialectics Break Bricks?

A study of détournement as Art Forms

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Museum Halls, WUK, Währinger Straße 59, 1090 Wien

Symposium from 19 - 20 January 2012. (Exhibition at Kunsthalle Exnergasse 19 January - 3 March 2012)

Lectures at the Symposium

Cast Shadows as Readymade Images Amid the Status of Representation and Reality

by Işın Önol

Işın Önol’s research aims at investigating diverse aspects of the use of cast shadow as a medium, as independent entities and as real-time moving images in current art practices. It analyses the status of shadow within the space of exhibition between representation and reality, as well as in relation to its implied connotations as opposed to notions of truth, illumination, clarity, and reliability. It focuses on various artworks that are dealing with these notions, by using shadows as tools for creating interactivity as well as spreading hidden information, playing with politics of representation. It claims that the increasing fascination with the artistic and curatorial involvement with shadow does not simply come from the developments of light technologies or the obscure characteristics of shadow, but rather emerges as a reaction to the existing conceptions of the notion of truth.

Işın Önol is an independent curator and art critic based in Vienna. She is a PhD Candidate at the department of Cultural and Intellectual History, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria. She has completed her Master of Advance Studies on Curating at ZHdK, Zurich, Switzerland (2009-2011). She participated in Ecole du Magasin, International Curatorial Training Programme, Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France (2009-10) and Gwangju Design Biennale International Curator Course, Gwangju, South Korea (2009). She received her MFA from Sabanci University (2003). She worked as the director and curator of Proje4L / Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul from 2006 to 2009.