The exhibition "Mutations" is the culmination of the nine-month interdisciplinary residency programme of the same name at Akademie Schloss Solitude. The show presents the collective knowledge that the seven international artists and creative thinkers have been developing, both locally and digitally, since October 2020. Singular within the landscape of residency programmes is the structure of mutations, which promotes the collective and collaborative work, research, and experimentation of a certain theme and, as such, simultaneously questions the distribution of the generated knowledge. Conceived well before the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the "Mutations" group seeks to reconsider the notion of mutations and its multifaceted impact on social, political, and scientific structures. The exhibition is a direct response not only to these global developments, but also to the specific discussion around the role of art and its cultural importance. While approaching the subject of mutations from multiple vantage points, each of the seven fellows relates to its transformative potential at interconnected levels and scales, from the molecular level of the individual to the macro level of society.
18.6. - 1.8.2021
Fri - Sun: 1 - 6 pm
Akademie Schloss Solitude
The exhibition consists of seven individual positions and two collaborations that all engage with the concept of mutations as processes with unpredictable outcomes: transformation, loss of control, and irreversibility, but also diversity, metamorphosis, and hybridity. It is this indeterminacy and associative richness that make mutations uncanny and attractive at the same time. In both content and form, this exhibition pursues the mutational in heterogeneous contexts – biological, political, technological – while also emphasizing aspects of the unprecedented historic juncture that has brought this term to the fore. The exhibition places importance on the varying perspectives and approaches within the group, which take the form of installative, site-specific, and immersive works that span the mediums of multimedia, installation, sound, and video. The works themselves are interventions, spread throughout the Akademie Schloss Solitude area.
Accompanying the exhibition, is a special third edition of the Solitude Journal. Acting as editors, the "Mutation" thematic residency fellows offered a place and space for different approaches to the theme of mutations. Each invited artists, collectives, researchers, and creative thinkers to contribute texts and artworks that expand and deepen the thoughts that have been developing throughout the programme.
Design: Stegmeyer Fischer Creative Studio