Blows to the TempleDecember 10, 2012
Blows to the Temple | 7 – 9 December 2012 | Atelierhof Kreuzberg
Blows to the Temple was the final exhibition by the autumn residents at Node Center for Curatorial Studies that explored the process of routines becoming rituals.
Routine and ritual are distinguished by the intention and attention towards an object or activity. Routine is a functional repetitive task performed unconsciously, while ritual imbues the activity with higher meaning or symbolic value by directed focus and awareness. Rather than determine the boundaries of the two terms, Blows to the Temple experiments with the interaction between routine and ritual as an ingrained element of daily life.
The exhibition features works by Ada Avetist, Shana Moulton, Marco Pezzotta and Shingo Yoshida. There will be a performance at the vernissage by Laura McLardy, a screening and talk with Adrian Brun (AR) and Dave Ball (UK) during the exhibition, and a ceremonial committal of Ada Avetist’s works at the finissage.
A publication was also launched and is available, featuring a selection of artists and individuals working and living in the realm of rituals – a pastor, a surgeon, a scientist. The publication examines the oscillating roles and subjective conceptions of routines and rituals.
Through the project’s experimentation with the physical manifestation of routine practices and ritual elements, the we hope to initiate a dialogue about the potential of elevating the everyday via routine and ritual.
All photos © Laura Gianetti for Node Center for Curatorial Studies Berlin, 2012