Date of Publishing:
December 19, 2016

© Kunsthaus Graz
2007 © Joachim Koester, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Nicolai Wallner, Kopenhagen

Dizziness — Navigating the Unknown

9 Feb 17 - 28 May 17

Opening: 9th of February 2017, 7 pm

Kunsthaus Graz
Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz, Austria
T +43-316/8017-9200

Curated by: Katrin Bucher Trantow, Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond

Can dizziness be a resource? What remains from states of precariousness, uncertainty, disorientation, intoxication or exhilaration? Particularly now, in these times of invocations of global crisis, these questions are more relevant than ever. The exhibition Dizziness. Navigating the Unknown locates dizziness in artistic creativity, finding it in situations of unbalance, confusion, disorientation; in situations where we come up against the limits of our knowledge, our understanding, our ability to navigate, where we are obliged to approach the unknown, to expose ourselves to it.

The exhibition Dizziness. Navigating the Unknown at the Kunsthaus Graz is based on the premise that dizziness is a necessary component of creative working processes. In raising awareness – the exhibition itself becomes a tool of artistic research. It sets itself the goal of making dizziness visible and experienceable in artworks, of reflecting upon dizziness as a creative catalyst and companion to artistic production. Dizziness is the state of ‘in-between’, it is where everything and nothing seems possible, where feelings of security and insecurity are compossible, not mutually exclusive. The exhibition proposes three zones: dizziness as a (un)intended expansion of consciousness (into); its fragile, ecstatic meandering (through); and the strength of imagination required for the creative generation of a new or other idea (out). The exhibition uses the space – either amorphously so that it is difficult to navigate, as at the Kunsthaus Graz, or else as a juxtaposition of different spaces as for the following exhibition at CCA Ujazdowski Castle – and allows us to immerse ourselves in the experience and our reflections on dizziness. The instability of perception becomes the starting-point for an artistic and curatorial exploration of dizziness, as a way of approaching and examining the unknown, the eccentric, the ineffective and the uncertain.

Trevor Paglen, Workers; Gold Coast Terminal; Las Vegas, NV;
Distance ~ 1 mile; 8:58 a.m., 2007.

With works by Bas Jan Ader, Marc Adrian, Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond, Dario Azzellini, Ólafur Elíasson, Robert Filliou, Oliver Hangl, Cameron Jamie, Ann Veronica Janssens, Anna Jermolaewa, Joachim Koester, Viktor Landström, Michael Landy, Henri Michaux, Jonathan Monk, Bruce Nauman, Laurel Nakadate, Trevor Paglen, Philippe Parreno, Helga Philipp, Oliver Ressler, Ariel Schlesinger, Ben Russell, Esther Stocker, Superflex, Sebastian Wahlforss und Catherine Yass.

Exhibition Catalogue: Dizziness. Navigating the Unknown, 2017, ISBN 978-3-90209-585-5 

In cooperation with CCA Ujazdowski Castle Warsaw, Diagonale´17, MEGAPHON and the Institute for Psychology, University of Graz. Supported by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Dizziness - A Resource (FWF-PEEK) and the David Herzog Fund of the Styrian Universities.