The Future of Demonstration

October 31–November 11, 2017





Borrowing from the format of television series, we speak of two seasons (2017 / 2018) with five episodes each. The episodes are based on thematic clusters derived from the leitmotifs, VERMÖGEN 2017 and PASSION 2018, and are jointly conceived, developed, and realized by the invited participants.

The Future of Demonstration focuses on new forms, formats, and intensities of artistic work. We see art, theory, and technology not as separate realms, but as vital contributions for post-disciplinary practices. The experience of their entanglement underlies our speculative approach towards the demonstrations.

We reject the classical division of art and theory in the exhibition and the conference. Instead, artists, theorists and experts from other fields develop and realize projects jointly by contributing their competence and experience.

The Future of Demonstration stands for transgressing limits and intersecting social, technological, and biological material, phenomena, and cultures. The project’s foundational character is intense collective and active experience. Its aim is to provoke a performative “revolutionary celebration” of the post-digital age by redefining terms, transforming processes and transvaluing technological and ideological resources.

Our approach is defined by the following methods:

The concept and format of The Future of Demonstration was developed by the artists Sylvia Eckermann and Gerald Nestler.
In the next step, they developed the thematic clusters together with Maximilian Thoman.
As artistic directors, Eckermann, Nestler and Thoman invited the core teams of each episode and are supporting the development process.