Kunstverein | The Nervous System


The Nervous System a show by Zbyněk Baladrán (1973) and Jiří Kovanda (1953), for the first time together in an experimental and intergenerational project.

Zbyněk Baladrán is an author, artist and curator often described as an archeologist of knowledge and memory; he uses archives, diagrams as mediums to generate concepts, ideas and relations. Jiří Kovanda is one of the avant-garde artists from the second generation of Czech ‘Actionism’ of the seventies. Today he continues working alternating painting, sculpture, drawings, every day life objects, as well as invisible gestures and quiet actions; practices that have made him one of the most recognized artists at an international level.

The Nervous System has taken form from a series of conversations between Zbyněk Baladrán, Jiří Kovanda, Juan Pablo Macías and Kunstverein (Milano), mainly from the notion of history as an intergenerational
dialogue that produces paradigms of thought. During a conversation Baladrán wrote to us:

It made us a little nervous to create the Nervous System – to describe the spongy cloud of our consciousness. We both wanted (so different are we in our work methodologies and yet understanding each other in what we wanted to say and how to say it) to probe the fragile entanglement of acts and experiences woven into the places where we as people spend most of our time. The places that we inhabit.
It’s an experiment, an experiment on the border of analytical comprehension and that, which is beyond an articulated understanding. We introduce anatomical cuts through nervous systems that penetrate our bodies and beings, the places that we inhabit. This chosen poetics corresponds to an approach that we share. This text is written in advance without specific knowledge of what will end up being at the exhibition. It is, however, clear to us that it will consist of a combination of a premeditated and sudden performative approach. (…)
What interest us are the moments in which our natural actions meet with the accustomed system of everyday operation. The fragile nerve fibers inscribed in our minds.
It may be that the lines and nodes that we chose will not work, will not be comprehensible and will become another fragile layer of threads of meaning covering our lives. But that doesn’t matter to us. Next time we’ll try it again, in a different way and better.

Thorough observers of reality, Baladrán and Kovanda activate for The Nervous System diverse mechanisms of intervention to escape from the norms of the present through continuous redefinitions and hypotheses of display understood as a moment of communication with the other.
Not time, nor space, but life through singular places is the field in which Zbyněk Baladrán and Jiří Kovanda have chosen to converse.

Fare (Casa) Kunstverein: Zbyněk Baladrán and Jiří Kovanda´s show inaugurates a new collaboration between FARE and Kunstverein (Milano): the 2011-12 program of Kunstverein (Milano) – that will host international artists – establishes a new relation with Fare on the basis of a project of low intensity residencies at Frigoriferi Milanesi’s installations, inside Open Care’s residences. A platform for the experimentation of processes of cohabitation and interaction as instruments to launch the ‘concept of conviviality, in a moment in which multiculturalism is precipitating’ (Paul Gilroy).

A project by Kunstverein (Milano) curated with Juan Pablo Macías
With the collaboration of Fare
Opening Thursday 1 December 2011, H 18.30

open on Thursday 12, 19 and 26 January from 12 to 18
or by appointment 338 618 7321 | 339 3283315 (excluding holidays)

Free admission

Frigoriferi Milanesi Via G.B. Piranesi, 14 – Milano
Passante Ferroviario / Porta Vittoria
Bus / 73 – 90
Tram / 12 – 27

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