ARTUNER is pleased to present the exhibition Open Source: Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism curated by Lisa Schiff, Leslie Fritz, and Eugenio Re Rebaudengo, being held in collaboration with Galerie Max Hetzler and Schiff Fine Art. The physical component of the exhibition will consist of three venues – each of Max Hetzler’s gallery spaces: two in Berlin (Bleibtreustrasse 45 and Goethestrasse 2/3) and one in Paris (57, rue du Temple). The works are viewable at these gallery spaces until April 18th. On the 14th of March there was a panel discussion featuring Jeremy Rifkin at Palais de Tokyo in Paris which you can view here.
ARTUNER is currently hosting a curated online show in addition to related editorial content. This virtual exhibition on our platform will provide educational material for those able to attend the galleries, and will show the works online for the benefit of those unable to visit Berlin or Paris.
Artists included in the exhibition are:
Allora & Calzadilla, Cory Arcangel, Bernadette Corporation, Ian Cheng, Simon Denny, Jeff Elrod, John Gerrard, Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff, Pierre Huyghe, Alex Israel, Daniel Keller, Josh Kline, Agnieszka Kurant, Ajay Kurian, Louise Lawler, Michel Majerus, Megan Marrin & Tyler Dobson, Katja Novitskova, Albert Oehlen, Richard Prince, Sebastian Lloyd Rees, Tabor Robak, Pamela Rosenkranz, Hugh Scott-Douglas, Steven Shearer, Reena Spaulings, Frank Stella, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kelley Walker, Christopher Wool
The concept behind Open Source takes Rifkin’s theories as a point of departure. The author has been developing notions of the Collaborative Commons and has theorized that there will be an eclipse of contemporary capitalism; an idea most poignantly realised in his 2013 book The Zero Marginal Cost Society. The artists in Open Source address a range of factors and themes that are leading us towards this gradual but significant socio-economic metamorphosis. This includes but is not limited to: post-humanism, environmental and ecological activism and protectionism, the Internet of Things, and the ever prescient network of technological surveillance and now, to an increasing extent, counter-surveillance instigated by global corporate entities. Some of the artists involved in the exhibition have contributed works that directly address and confront the aforementioned issues while others comment on the economy and the effect that it has on our collective psychology. The artists featured in the exhibition symbiotically benefit from the Collaborative Commons, though each addresses the decline of our current capitalist paradigm in a unique way.
Examining the forthcoming and overarching commodification of goods, services and even artistic practice, alongside the advent of the ‘virtually free’, Open Source considers the compelling contradictions of the art market today. It analyses the urgency of securing a future that balances ecological and technological innovation and provokes a reevaluation of contemporary capitalism.