About the part that art plays in a globalising society

Framer Framed

Boogaloo Bias by Jennifer Gradecki & Derek Curry. Foto: © Maarten Nauw / Framer Framed.
Boogaloo Bias by Jennifer Gradecki & Derek Curry in the exhibition, Really? Art and Knowledge in Time of Crisis (2024) at Framer Framed, Amsterdam. Foto: © Maarten Nauw / Framer Framed.
Opening of the exhibition, Really? Art and Knowledge in Time of Crisis (2024) at Framer Framed, Amsterdam. Foto: © Maarten Nauw / Framer Framed.
Climate History by Paolo Cirio. Foto: © Maarten Nauw / Framer Framed.
Verb to BE by RIWAQ. Foto: © Maarten Nauw / Framer Framed.
Terror Element by Anna Engelhardt & Mark Cinkevich in the exhibition, Really? Art and Knowledge in Time of Crisis (2024) at Framer Framed, Amsterdam. Foto: © Maarten Nauw / Framer Framed.
The Cloud of Unknowing by Ho Tzu Nyen. Foto: © Maarten Nauw / Framer Framed.
Climate Legal Evidence by Paolo Cirio. Foto: © Maarten Nauw / Framer Framed.
GREEN DEAL by UKRAiNATV. Foto: © Maarten Nauw / Framer Framed.
Really? Art and Knowledge in Time of Crisis. Graphic Design by Ruben Pater.

23 Jun –
29 Sep 2024

Exhibition: Really? Art and Knowledge in Time of Crisis

Opening on 22 June 2024 at Framer Framed, the exhibition Really? Art and Knowledge in Time of Crisis looks at the ways in which knowledge is used in a political game where manipulation and obfuscation is the norm rather than the exception. It poses fundamental questions on what it means to know and not know, while being acutely aware of the fragmentation and relativisation of knowledge in a multipolar world. The exhibition is curated by Mi You and David Garcia.

Since the 1970s, social movements that include anti-colonial, feminist, queer and class have challenged the belief in linear progress, scientific rationality and a singular view of history. Truth claims can no longer be made without question. However, underlying many issues there is still a broad basis of scientific evidence. The ongoing shift in authority – with the questioning of the modernist ideal of progress and new takes on historical events – has brought with it uncertainty and unpredictability.

The rise of the 24-hour news cycle- and social media, the exploitation of public systems and the manipulation of data and opinions are key factors undermining belief in social progress and scientific rationality contributing to a widespread collapse of public trust in the institutions that are supposed to ‘know’.

At a time when populists and demagogues routinely denounce experts and expertise, a movement of interdisciplinary artists has emerged whose work unapologetically foregrounds knowledge, factual analysis and evidence. Spanning different generations – from emerging artists to others who have been active for decades – they have crystalised into a research-driven movement that one of the exhibition’s participating artists, Paolo Cirio, has dubbed ‘Evidential Realism’.

Really? Art and Knowledge in Time of Crisis includes but goes beyond works based on forensic methods, and historical studies – practices in which artists as civil actors participate in creating new ways of knowing. Central to Really? is the realisation that we are in the midst of a crisis in knowledge and a crisis in politics, which are one and the same thing. The exhibition aims to expand a space of practical reasoning, recognising that knowledge is not a zero-sum game. As much as we can and should validate facts in the public domain, we also need to learn to navigate when we are not knowing.

Opening
Saturday 22 June 2024, 19:00
Music by Katayoun
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Location
Framer Framed
Oranje-Vrijstaatkade 71
1093 KS, Amsterdam

Opening times
23 Jun – 29 Sep
Tuesday – Sunday, 12:00-18:00

Free entry, donations at the door are appreciated.


Curators
Mi You
David Garcia

Participating Artists
Paolo Cirio
Anna Engelhardt & Mark Cinkevich
Jennifer Gradecki & Derek Curry
Ho Tzu Nyen
Zheng Mahler
RIWAQ
UKRAiNATV

Exhibition Design
Ruben Pater


Credits

Terror Element by Anna Engelhardt and Mark Cinkevich has been commissioned by Framer Framed with the support of the Nederlands Filmfonds and Stimuleringsfonds voor Creatieve Industrie as part of the collaborative project Immerse/Interact.

Supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science; Amsterdam Fund for the Arts; Municipality of Amsterdam; VriendenLoterij Fonds; Netherlands Film Fund; and Creative Industries Fund NL. 




Politics and technology / New media /

Agenda


Arpilleras Workshop Cycle: Refuge and Textile Memories
Practical workshop series on female textile heritage
Ancestral Damages: Demanding Climate Reparations
Workshop with climate justice activist and researcher Marcela Varconte.
Synthetic Vision/Images of Power: Truth, Evidence, Labour & Knowledge in the Age of AI
Two-day conference about AI and imaging
Decolonial Summer School: Celebrating 15 Years of the Maria Lugones Decolonial Summer School
Events hosted by leading experts in the field of decolonial thinking at Framer Framed (Amsterdam) and Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven)
Opening: Really? Art & Knowledge in Time of Crisis
Opening of the exhibition about the commodification of knowledge and ignorance, curated by Mi You and David Garcia

Network


Derek Curry

Artist and researcher

Jennifer Gradecki

Artist and theorist

Mark Cinkevich

Artist

Anna Engelhardt

Artist

RIWAQ

Center for Architectural Conservation

Zheng Mahler

Art Collective

UKRAiNATV

Art Collective

Ho Tzu Nyen

Visual artist

Mi You

Academic and curator

Paolo Cirio

Artist

David Garcia

Artist, academic, organizer

Ruben Pater

Artist/graphic designer