21st June – 24th August 2003
The construction of conservative models of interpretation always increases in times of political and economic instability. Oversimplified images and representations of the world are produced. "Anti-pure" shows artistic practices that take firm positions. To be "anti-pure" is a way of life, not an attitude. To be "anti" doesn't mean feeding on the dialectics but being self-generated. Just try, even for an instant, to lift Art out of culture's "globalised" corporate soil where it is vegetating.
America has divided the world into Good and Evil. In this fundamentalist climate, strong and sharp ideas have become obsolete and uncertainty is not in demand. The band Angelblood (Lizzy Bougatsos, Rita Ackermann, Jess Holzworth) stands for the attempt to resist the ordering and classification of aesthetics, politics and tastes. The stylish women's performances are always dark and loud, but at the same time almost desperate.
Bruno Peinado claims that "my culture is the creolization, the mixing; the world is a clash of images. I aim at destroying purity." Samples from rock history, but also commercial icons such as the "Imac" or a grey-only "Pantone" palette make up his artistic répértoire.
For Anti Pure, Frédéric Post has made a selection from his posters project, mirages, and has designed a poster especially for the exhibition. He has also created another new work for Anti Pure. His mutant laptop enables the electronic musician to use the body language of a rock star when performing live. The computer becomes an accordion and the mouse becomes a guitar pick, so that electronic musicians like the band Air can emerge from behind their turntables and knobs and dials, and move like Mick and Keith.
Saskia Olde Wolbers
Saskia Olde Wolbers designs her videos around stories of human dramas that she finds in newspapers or on the radio. Her works are contemporary parables that warn against the dangers lurking behind the confusion of the real and the virtual.