UNLEASHED SPEED UNLEASHED SPEECH(MISFITS)
Curated By Stefan Brüggemann
September 5 – December 19, 2020 *Extended
KOTARO NUKAGA, Tennoz
Taken as the title of this show, Stefan Brüggemann’s text piece reminds us that the extreme pace of modern life triggers a cascade of questions and counterpositions. The alliterative twinning of speed and speech is an insightful comment on the way information courses through society but it is also an injunction. This show wishes us to tear down the cultural, political and economic monuments of late capitalism: our high-speed age is accelerating towards a necessary and final crash. The force of such a crash can obliterate those monuments and the structures of power that created them.
The addendum (MISFITS) reflects the artists’ embrace of their outsider status in the art world and gives a passing nod to Foucault’s conception of the ‘monster’ as ‘the fundamental figure around which bodies of power and domains of knowledge are disturbed and reorganized. This show stands as a sociological record of human behaviour in the age of disaster capitalism and a manual for surviving political systems.
KOTARO NUKAGA is pleased to announce a group show UNLEASHED SPEED UNLEASHED SPEECH (MISFITS) curated by London and Mexico City-based contemporary artist Stefan Brüggemann.
The exhibition will open on September 5, 2020, and will continue on view through December 19.
Brüggemann has been exhibiting his work globally, recognized as one of the most thriving and anticipated contemporary artists of today. His first solo show in Japan in the autumn of 2018 at KOTARO NUKAGA marked the gallery’s inaugural exhibition; the series of work reflecting the modern-day digital culture attracted much attention from the Japanese contemporary art world.
In this exhibition curated by Brüggemann, he will be presenting his work along with three other internationally-respected artists: Oriol Vilanova, Jay Rechsteiner, and Gardar Eide Einarsson. While the artists have a diverse background and artistic style, they observe the ever-accelerating, information-overloading state of the modern world in an incisive manner and reflect their unique perspective in their work. The unrestrained acceleration of social change keeps escalating without any sign of slowing down, and the ability to see through the surface of the constant flood of information with keen insight is in question. The exhibition will highlight insightful perspectives on human behaviors from the “misfits’” standpoint as we face accelerated, extreme changes throughout the world.
September 5 – December 19, 2020 *Extended 11:00-18:00 (Tue, Wed, Thu + Sat) 11:00-20:00 (Fri) *Closed on Sun, Mon and Public Holidays *Gallery hours and other information are subject to change