Opening: 29.09.2023, 19:00
HOPE marks the third chapter of TECHNO HUMANITIES with an international research group consisting of Bart van der Heide, Leonie Radine, DeForrest Brown, Jr., and Museion Passage Group

Ever since opening its doors exactly 15 years ago, the Museion building has been repeatedly described as alien, a UFO that landed in the center of Bolzano. HOPE endorses the view of the museum as a spaceship, a time capsule, a portal to another dimension.

The exhibition will transform Museion into a production site of wonder, merging science and fiction to evoke hope through individual and collective imaginations of futures and pasts. As Philosopher Ernst Bloch wrote in the introduction of his Principle of Hope (1954): “We need the most powerful telescope, that of polished utopian consciousness,” to penetrate the darkness.

Bojan Šarčević, Sentimentality is the Core, 2018, HOPE Exhibition view Luca Guadagnini

HOPE invites visitors to move between real and imagined spaces and times to try on alternative viewpoints. The exhibition architecture suggests an upside-down, non-linear path through the building, leading first to the fourth floor, which showcases various artistic time capsules in an observatory-like setting. By proceeding through individual and collective artistic cosmologies, the self and the other are open for exploration beyond a humancentric worldview. Here, the selection of artworks creates a sci-fi atmosphere between apocalyptic scenarios and new beginnings at the intersection of the humanities, technology, ecology, and economy.

Ilaria Vinci, A Great Cosmic Joke with no Punchline (museion), 2023, HOPE Exhibition view  Luca Guadagnini

Artists exhibiting on the third floor interrogate new tools and challenges in the era of artificial intelligence and other forms of digital worldbuilding. Their arcade-like installations create immersive spaces of imagination between the virtual and the real, memory and forgetting.

The second floor houses an archive dedicated to the Afrofuturist myth of Drexciya. The archive draws on DeForrest Brown, Jr.’s thorough research on the history of techno for his book Assembling a Black Counter Culture (2022), which is partly translated into space. At Museion, he arranges numerous Detroit techno album covers and paintings by AbuQadim Haqq alongside maps and timelines while a story in sound unfolds with his album Techxodus (2023) as well as his mixes The Myth of Drexciya (2023) and Stereomodernism (2020). Thanks to the longstanding dialogue between Brown and Haqq and the record collection of DJ Veloziped / Walter Garber in Bolzano, HOPE marks the first time this previously overlooked artistic form of historiography and world-building is experienced in a museum to this extent.

Third Earth Archive, HOPE Exhibition view Luca Guadagnini

Finally, following the guiding logic of the wormhole depicted in Haqq’s key visual artwork for the exhibition, the ground floor creates a passage for lightning-fast travel between distant points in space-time. The combination of unearthed and just emerging works bridges the histories and futures of Museion as a collecting institution and opens a space of listening, speech, and discussion of HOPE’s key questions: Where do we come from and where do we want to go?

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The exhibition includes pieces by Almare, Sophia Al-Maria, Ei Arakawa, Trisha Baga, Neïl Beloufa, Black Quantum Futurism, Tony Cokes, Irene Fenara, Michael Fliri, Petrit Halilaj, Matthew Angelo Harrison, AbuQadim Haqq, Andrei Koschmieder, Maggie Lee, Lawrence Lek, Nicola L., Linda Jasmin Mayer, Beatrice Marchi, Bojan Šarčević, Marina Sula, Suzanne Treister, Ilaria Vinci, LuYang, and works from the Museion collection by Allora & Calzadilla, Shūsaku Arakawa, Ulrike Bernard & Caroline Profanter, Shu Lea Cheang, Tacita Dean, Sonia Leimer, Ana Lupaş, and Riccardo Previdi.

The HOPE program further includes the Italian premiere of a major performance by choreographer and dancer Trajal Harrell and the Schauspielhaus Zürich ensemble in collaboration with Transart, an off-site exhibition by artist Thomas Feuerstein hosted and supported by NOI Techpark, several Museion Art Club events, and a rich mediation program that actively engages the audience in negotiating “spaces of hope”.

Collateral events 

Pre-Opening events

27.09.2023, 18:00

Conversation between choreographer Trajal Harrell and curator Leonie Radine, in collaboration with Transart, at OASIE Transart (Ex Enel), via Dante 32, Bolzano.

28.09.2023, 20:30

Trajal Harrell Monkey off My Back or the Cat’s Meow, performance in collaboration with Transart at FieraMesse BolzanoBozen.

Opening

29.09.2023, 19:00

Inauguration of the exhibition

29.09.2023, 20:00 – 00:00

Museion Art Club OCCUPY music event with DJ-set in the underground floor, with the participation of Bassiani Club, an underground techno club of Tblisi, Georgia.

Further events

06.10.2023, 11:00 

Opening of Thomas Feuerstein, METABOLICA (Moby Dick), at the crane hall of NOI Techpark, in collaboration with NOI Techpark.

06.10.23, 16:00 – 01:00

Long Night of Museums in Bolzano with a DJ-Set with DJ Veloziped / Walter Garber and more at Museion.

09.11 + 16.11 + 24.11.2023

Museion Art Club presents the project Longing for Belonging, a series of events and performances taking place in the “parasitic” architectural space conceived by the collective Parasite 2.0. The different formats that articulate the project intend to investigate what it means today to belong to something – to a body, to a place or to a community.

HOPE

Exhibition

Curators: Bart van der Heide, Leonie Radine in collaboration with DeForrest Brown, Jr.
Exhibition design: Diogo Passarinho Studio

Part of
In collaboration with
TRANSART - festival of contemporary culture NOI Techpark
Institutional partners
Autonomous Province of Bolzano South Tyrol Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Bolzano - Stiftung Südtiroler Sparkasse Museion Private Founders
Topics
#Technology #Contemporary positions #TECHNO HUMANITIES #Hope