Nilo&NILO: THE KITCHEN
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After 13 years of life and 7 years of exhibitions in the home and project space of artist curators Dawn and Johannes Nilo, “The Kitchen Aufderhöhe” is moving to Basel. To honour the personal amidst the very global transition, “What Remains” asks, “What do we want to take with us and what do we want to leave behind; and can the microcosm of a home become the possibility of a new world in which the precarious conditions of society are addressed and healed through the personal and the intimate? Believing in the power of art to generate new ways of thinking and acting, eighteen curators remember and imagine the world Nilo & NILO.
“What Remains” combines artworks and artefacts from the daily life of Dawn and Johannes, with contributions from eighteen curators. Each has performed a “Curatorial Choreography” (either on site or via video conferencing) as a format for installing and creating new constellations of work. The performative process in space took place June 20–28 in Arlesheim Switzerland and the exhibition continues online through August 15, 2020, with additions and transformations in photography, remote performances, guided tours and emerging texts.
The exhibition structure is performative and process-oriented, chaotic and ordered at the same time, exploring what is possible in transition on the threshold between two new worlds – the old (that we have re-membered) and the becoming, as well as the physically present and the remotely transmitted. The end products of installations and new works allow well developed and formulated concepts to cross with open experiments. What remains is impossible to predict. Strong, decisive positions have no better or less a chance of survival than spontaneous impulses. A seemingly accidental pencil stroke or a dead bee can develop great charisma, a sculpture can be taken down to reveal the pedestal, a picture removed to expose the wall. It is an experiment in finding ways to honour the given work (the world as it was/is) while making room for the as yet unseen (the world as it can become).
Curatorial Choreography by Dawn Nilo:
1. Objects from the remains of life at The Kitchen Aufderhoehe, as well as artworks by Dawn and Johannes Nilo, will be left in the emptied apartment in various states of composition.
2. Each curator will bring an artwork, object, text or concept and, in collaboration with the artists, curate it as a part of an installation, with and in relation to the other objects. The result will be photographed and becomes a work that will be published online. The curator’s object will be returned at the end of the exhibition.
3. Each work may be either designated as fixed (so that it remains intact and in place “as is” throughout the exhibition) or fluid (so that it can be changed by other curators).enter text here