The Centre of the Universe present “Triumph of the Will“
a group exhibition curated by Catherine Borra, Gedvile Bunikyte, Olivia Hegarty & Matthew Stone
14th October – 1st November 2009
Featuring works by:
David Ferrando Giraut
The group exhibition “Triumph of the Will“ emerges from a series of complex questions that begin with Leni Reifenstahl‘s influential 1934 film of the same title. The film was commissioned and funded by Hitler and portrays the euphoric Nazi rise to power. The filming used 90 camera-men who captured over 1 million individuals. It is regarded as a landmark piece of cinema both technically and for its epic renderings of the united body-mass and their messianic leader. Despite Reifenstahl‘s later claims to the contrary, the film exists in collective consciousness as being the “most successful, most purely propagandistic film ever made.“ (Susan Sontag).
How do we understand the aesthetic legacy of this event?
Does any aesthetic embody and bear responsibility for the final solutions of ideology?
In the contexts of both the film and the works in this show, what is the power of the individuals depicted and those implicated as audience?
The smallest actions have an impact in an interconnected closed and finite system. The awareness of consequence tackles nihilism. To realise finitude is to unravel infinite possibility. This creates a context for powerful action and a potential end to apathy.
With thanks to James Wignall (Structural Design), Monique Dorniak, Ryo Himuro and Camille Roman (Sewing) and all donors of garments and stuffing.
My seating sculpture will be shown at this exhibition. Private View 17th March 2009, 7pm.
The Centre of the Universe presents an untitled, yet heroic group exhibition, a performance by Jordan Hunt and a public artist’s salon. The show is happening within an exhibition by graduating students from the Royal College of Art’s Curating Contemporary Art MA course.
Jordan Hunt’s performance: 7.30pm on Tuesday 17th March
Interconnected Echoes – Matthew Stone’s Artist Salon: 3pm Saturday 23rd March
18 – 29 March 2009
Royal College of Art Galleries, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU
Open daily 11 am – 6pm, free admission.
Public information: www.cca.rca.ac.uk or Tel: 020 7590 4444
Press preview: 17 March, 10am – 12 noon
Private view: 17 March from 7pm
A full list of public events will be available on the website: www.cca.rca.ac.uk