the first exhibition of works from the Teutloff Collection, Germany, featuring a selection of international artists whose film and video works examine the varied manifestations of the human body in contemporary society
At an early juncture, more than twenty years ago, the German collector Lutz Teutloff began to develop a sensibility marked by a concern for the perpetual transformations that constitute the 'human' and the 'body,' as documented in contemporary photography, film, and video production. The individual works of art in the Teutloff collection, as well as the collection itself, inform and constitute a critical commentary on the 'condition humaine' and the momentous changes taking place today. The collection thus exemplifies a thematic approach to collecting art, and it illustrates the ever-increasing fascination with and alterations to the concept of the 'human' in this age of technological and cultural transformation. It takes place at a particular moment when the human body is increasingly reduced to a supposedly self-evident and instrumentalized 'thing' under the all-pervasive gaze of commerical media and the biological sciences, as well as the body cults and healthcare crazes that predominate amongst the public at large.
SWITCHER SEX: Video Works and Photography from the Teutloff Collection
Text by Osvaldo Romberg
This exhibition takes as its title the landmark work by Peter Weibel from 1971, which explores the multiple meanings of the feminine according to the male gaze.
Traditionally, the body has been defined as a support of the soul, as a support of sex, of the mind, etc. Contemporary art of the last 50 years has extended these definitions--practically, theoretically, as well as utopically—and thus the way in which we conceptualize the body and its potential, creating new typologies of description, function, and semiotic analysis. If we have to define these phenomena in terms of a single word, one that contains all of these developments, it would have to be MUTATION.
Each of the artists featured in this exhibition emphasizes different aspects of the following motifs:
The body as urbanism The body as politics The body as sex The body as self-destruction The body as human missile The body as economic exploitation The body as clone The body as fetish The body as prosthetic The body as painting The body as sculpture The body as food The body as excrement The body as sound The body as machine The body as cog in the machine The body as computation The body as ephemeral The body as nature The body as disappearance The body as hostage The body as affect The body as death The body as epistemology The body as store-front The body as dildo The body as fast food anorexia The body as whimper The body as knob The body as irritant The body as ignorance The body as zero The body as infinity The body as ghost The body as grave The body as discourse The body as psychosis The body as fragrance The body as funfair
Many of these phrases are exemplified in this exhibition, which range in subject matter from the transvestite to the duplicated body. Instead of trying to define the body in terms of its limits, these artists instead define it in terms of its possibilities. Please join us in this new exploration.
Download the exhibition preview featuring exhibition works and Peter Weibel in conversation with Aaron Levy about his 1972 work Switcher Sex (Quicktime movie, 3:34min, 17mb)
Photographs by Diane Arbus, Matthew Barney, Katharina Bosse, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Peng Chi, Donigan Cumming, Danica Dakic, Valie Export, Brian Finke, Gilbert + George, Nan Goldin, Alfredo Jaar, Jürgen Klauke, Annie Leibovitz, Boris Mikhailov, Dario Mitidieri, Adam Nadel, Nobuyoshi Araki, Gundula Schulze Eldowy, Andres Serrano, Larry Towell