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A rock that keeps tigers away
Eine Gruppenausstellung
until September 17, 2017
Kunstverein München

Together, the works contest common notions of cause and effect by considering the inextricable relation between causation and correlation. The project will consist of an exhibition spanning the Kunstverein’s three main exhibition rooms, foyer, and Kino, along with a special program of screenings, performances, and lectures, and a new publication (co-produced with Roma Publications, Amsterdam).

In a 1996 episode of "The Simpsons", Homer Simpson demonstrates the classic logical fallacy of cum hoc ergo propter hoc ("with this, therefore because of this"). What Homer doesn’t recognize is that just because two variables occur together – in this case, a rock and a lack of tigers – doesn’t mean one causes the other. As a statistician would say, correlation does not imply causation!

Newton said that for every action, there must be an equal and opposite reaction – nothing happens without being caused! But modern physics, psychoanalysis, recent "object-oriented" philosophy and affect theories, as well as many contemporary artists, dispute this conception. And this has yielded more nuanced views on how things interact, relate, and associate. The exhibition surveys how artists identify correlations and coincidences to connect disparate phenomena across time and space, how simple shifts in circumstances yield palpable results elsewhere, and how the juxtaposition of objects modifies their individual meaning, utility, and apprehension.

Friday, September 15, 2017, 7 pm
Performances and Screenings
On Friday September 15, 2017 the Kunstverein will present performances and screenings as part of the exhibition "A rock that keeps tigers away". Adrien Tirtiaux will return to pull the single nail holding together One Nail, which will cause the entire work to collapse. And Herwig Weiser will operate Summoned Disambiguation, colliding matter within a medium, and Weiser will also screen a video in the Kino.

Fig.: Herwig Weiser, "Summoned Disambiguation" (2013/2017). Hergestellt in Kooperation mit Wendelin Weingartner, Senrad Inc., New York, and Bernhard Sumper, ETS-BWS, Wien.


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