PERFORMANCE Apologia by Zhao Zou

Contemporary art is kidnapped by the concept of pain. But, I much rather rehearse enlarging my appetite for pleasure, than practice enduring pain.’

The workshop is led by performance artist, Zhao Zou, who is part of the 89plus – Americans 2017 show co-curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets at LUMA Westbau.

‘Americans 2017’ showcases new productions by 19 key artists and groups from around the globe. Stemming from the concept of algorithmic citizenship introduced by artist James Bridle’s Citizen Ex project, this group exhibition gives center stage to the work of artists from countries as varied as Ghana, Kuwait, China, Lebanon, Austria and South Africa, all the while reflecting the influence of US-based ‘computerized processes’ over information, aspirations and concerns.

World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee explains that he originally “imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, access opportunities, and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries.” Positing an international perspective, ‘Americans 2017’ echoes the Internet’s original universalist promise of alternatives to jus soli and jus sanguinis citizenship, all the while examining the enduring sway of the United States over the World Wide Web at a time when its government is veering toward discrimination and isolationism.

‘Americans 2017’ is a nod to the Mid-Century seminal ‘Americans’ exhibition series at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition follows the format championed by Dorothy Miller—who curated six of the ‘Americans’ shows—and offers each artist an individual space, the dimensions of which are determined by the body of work on display. Regarding nationality, ‘Americans 2017’ aims to reconsider the notion of citizenship in light of its disruption by digital practices.

Featuring works by:
Darja Bajagić
Anna-Sophie Berger
Andrea Crespo
Valia Fetisov
Aslan Gaisumov
Nikima Jagudajev
Jessika Khazrik
Yoan Mudry
Walter Price
Nik Rawlings
Bunny Rogers
Jasper Spicero
Elisabeth Efua Sutherland
Ye Wang
Shen Xin
Urban Zellweger and Tim Haesler
Zou Zhao