FAIL! Exhibition opening

May 2, 2013

FAIL!

30 April and 2 May 2013

BENTEN CLAY, Erik Bünger, Joanna Dauner & Marjam Fels, Larissa Fassler, James T. Hong, Teodoro Lupo, Andrew T. Lyman, Annika Ström, and Marcelina Wellmer

Curated by: Silvia Cipriani, Julia Hartmann, Aline Lara Rezende, Daphne Tsaoussis, Nahomi Ximénez, Chun-Ya Yang

Fail, failure, mistakes, wrong, error; all are daunting words we tend to avoid or hide at all costs. Failure is perceived as hazardous because it has the potential to disrupt our accepted knowledge, to convert our comfortable certainties about how the world is supposed to work into questions.

During our curatorial collaboration, we have failed at different times in many different ways. Lots of things were proven impossible, lots of ideas were rejected, abandoned, left incomplete, and at times, the whole process dissolved. Using these seeming downfalls as a starting point, we chose to revel in and explore the rich spectrum of fail.

Reactions to failure evolve over time and are dependent on personal will: either to resist, accept or try to resolve. Still, failure is a dynamic generator as it produces a moment of crisis, which in turn opens up a space to reassess and consider the possibility to create something different, something unexpected, something better.

Failures, undeniably, are an inherent component of any creative act, of all extraordinary discoveries, of every action and motion. The arts are not immune to this obsessive pursuit. Success and failure are not mutually exclusive, rather they are contingent; a bawdy pair, they carry and modify each other. By embracing failure as a means to unlock creative possibility, it allows us to cross the divide between the problem and solution, and to stand on the threshold of the new.

FAIL! intends to uncover and praise accidental successes, spectacular failures and perfect imperfections. The project consists of an exhibition, a performance and a roundtable conversation exploring the different facets of failure including, futile working strategies, system collapses, epic fails, second chances, collaborative clashes, unexpected obstacles and the use of errors as a means to create something afresh.

All photographs copyright Laura Gianetti for Node Center for Curatorial Studies 2013 FAIL1b

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Joanna Dauner & Marjam Fels
‘imagine sisyphus happy.’ (install view) 2013
metal, 3D-print, wool
90 x 50 x 50cm

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Joanna Dauner & Marjam Fels
‘imagine sisyphus happy.’ (install view) 2013
metal, 3D-print, wool
90 x 50 x 50cm

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Joanna Dauner & Marjam Fels
‘imagine sisyphus happy.’ (detail) 2013
metal, 3D-print, wool
90 x 50 x 50cm

Erik Bünger 'Variations on a theme by Casey & Finch' 2002-2011 Framed score, record player, vinyl, video 3:47min dimensions variable

Erik Bünger
‘Variations on a theme by Casey & Finch’ 2002-2011
Framed score, record player, vinyl, video 3:47min
dimensions variable

Erik Bünger 'Variations on a theme by Casey & Finch' (detail) 2002-2011 Framed score, record player, vinyl, video 3:47min dimensions variable

Erik Bünger
‘Variations on a theme by Casey & Finch’ (detail) 2002-2011
Framed score, record player, vinyl, video 3:47min
dimensions variable

Erik Bünger 'Variations on a theme by Casey & Finch' 2002-2011 Framed score, record player, vinyl, video 3:47min dimensions variable

Erik Bünger
‘Variations on a theme by Casey & Finch’ 2002-2011
Framed score, record player, vinyl, video 3:47min
dimensions variable

Erik Bünger 'Variations on a theme by Casey & Finch' (detail)  2002-2011 Framed score, record player, vinyl, video 3:47min dimensions variable

Erik Bünger
‘Variations on a theme by Casey & Finch’ (detail) 2002-2011
Framed score, record player, vinyl, video 3:47min
dimensions variable

Erik Bünger 'Variations on a theme by Casey & Finch' 2002-2011 Framed score, record player, vinyl, video 3:47min dimensions variable

Erik Bünger
‘Variations on a theme by Casey & Finch’ 2002-2011
Framed score, record player, vinyl, video 3:47min
dimensions variable

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Teodoro Lupo 'Fuji FinePix 6800Z' 2013

Teodoro Lupo
‘Fuji FinePix 6800Z’ 2013

Teodoro Lupo 'Fuji FinePix 6800Z' (detail) 2013

Teodoro Lupo
‘Fuji FinePix 6800Z’ (detail) 2013

Benten Clay 'The Promise' (install view) 2012 HD Video, sound, 29:00min

Benten Clay
‘The Promise’ (install view) 2012
HD Video, sound, 29:00min

Benten Clay 'The Promise' (install view) 2012 HD Video, sound, 29:00min

Benten Clay
‘The Promise’ (install view) 2012
HD Video, sound, 29:00min

Benten Clay 'The Promise' (install view) 2012 HD Video, sound, 29:00min

Benten Clay
‘The Promise’ (install view) 2012
HD Video, sound, 29:00min

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Larissa Fassler 'Kotti' (install view) 2008 archival C-print 160 x 157cm courtesy of the artist and SEPTEMBER, Berlin

Larissa Fassler
‘Kotti’ (install view) 2008
archival C-print
160 x 157cm
courtesy of the artist and SEPTEMBER, Berlin

Larissa Fassler 'Kotti' (install view) 2008 archival C-print 160 x 157cm courtesy of the artist and SEPTEMBER, Berlin

Larissa Fassler
‘Kotti’ (install view) 2008
archival C-print
160 x 157cm
courtesy of the artist and SEPTEMBER, Berlin

Larissa Fassler 'Kotti' (detail) 2008 archival C-print 160 x 157cm courtesy of the artist and SEPTEMBER, Berlin

Larissa Fassler
‘Kotti’ (detail) 2008
archival C-print
160 x 157cm
courtesy of the artist and SEPTEMBER, Berlin

Larissa Fassler 'Kotti' (detail) 2008 archival C-print 160 x 157cm courtesy of the artist and SEPTEMBER, Berlin

Larissa Fassler
‘Kotti’ (detail) 2008
archival C-print
160 x 157cm
courtesy of the artist and SEPTEMBER, Berlin

Andrew T. Lyman 'Try Error' 2013 http://andrewtlyman.com/projects/code/tryerror

Andrew T. Lyman
‘Try Error’ 2013
http://andrewtlyman.com/projects/code/tryerror

Andrew T. Lyman 'Try Error' (install view) 2013 http://andrewtlyman.com/projects/code/tryerror

Andrew T. Lyman
‘Try Error’ (install view) 2013
http://andrewtlyman.com/projects/code/tryerror

Andrew T. Lyman 'Try Error' (install view) 2013 http://andrewtlyman.com/projects/code/tryerror

Andrew T. Lyman
‘Try Error’ (install view) 2013
http://andrewtlyman.com/projects/code/tryerror

Marcelina Wellmer 'Error 404 Not Found' 2011 harddisc, arduino, piezos, speaker

Marcelina Wellmer
‘Error 404 Not Found’ 2011
harddisc, arduino, piezos, speaker

Marcelina Wellmer 'Error 404 Not Found' (install view) 2011 harddisc, arduino, piezos, speaker

Marcelina Wellmer
‘Error 404 Not Found’ (install view) 2011
harddisc, arduino, piezos, speaker

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James T. Hong
‘Apologies’ (install view) 2012
single-channel video 55:00min

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James T. Hong
‘Apologies’ (install view) 2012
single-channel video 55:00min

Annika Ström 'Seven women standing in the way' 2011-2013 performance and instructions

Annika Ström
‘Seven women standing in the way’ 2011-2013
performance and instructions

Annika Ström 'Seven women standing in the way' 2011-2013 performance and instructions

Annika Ström
‘Seven women standing in the way’ 2011-2013
performance and instructions

Annika Ström 'Seven women standing in the way' 2011-2013 performance and instructions

Annika Ström
‘Seven women standing in the way’ 2011-2013
performance and instructions

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