against the specialist

AGAINST THE SPECIALIST
Contemporary References to Arnold Schoenberg in Image and Sound

THURSDAY SEP 13, 2012  - SUNDAY JAN 6, 2013

Presented by the
Austrian Cultural Forum New York

>> OPEN DAILY, 10 AM - 6 PM. FREE ADMISSION.


Artists
: KONRAD BECKER, JOHN BRILL, DEPART, TINA FRANK/FLORIAN HECKER, ROBERT HOWSARE, RAINER KOHLBERGER, KURT KREN, CLAUDIA MÄRZENDORFER, GERALD MOSER
Exhibition Design: ALEX LIN
Curator: EVA FISCHER

A modern day appraisal of Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg and his legacy forms the point of departure for the Austrian Cultural Forum’s fall 2012 exhibition, titled Against the Specialist. The show, which is mounted in collaboration with the Arnold Schoenberg Center, Vienna, presents a group of international contemporary artists working at the intersection between seeing and hearing, image and sound, avant-garde and experimental practice.

The title of the exhibition is a direct quote by Schoenberg, from an essay he wrote in 1940, in which he argued for the necessity of multidisciplinarianism in the arts. It also hearkens back to Schoenberg’s differentiation between true artistic genius and talented craftspeople: “Talent is the capacity to learn, genius the capacity to develop oneself.” Schoenberg saw the need to develop a command of and utilize many different disciplines as essential to the artistic process.

The juxtaposition of works by contemporary artists with excerpts and quotes from Arnold Schoenberg’s body of work exposes the complexity of this composer, visual artist, and vanguard who is today regarded as one of the most influential and visionary artists of the past century. Schoenberg’s interdisciplinary use of so many different means of expression renders him a precursor to what Rosalind Krauss calls the age of the post-media condition.

Against the Specialist seeks to reflect these multi-media and interdisciplinary currents prevalent in contemporary arts, and in doing so, allows for a reassessment of the artist himself. As Peter Weibel puts it, these “new forms and possibilities of art [enable] us to establish new approaches to the old media of art and above all have kept the latter alive by forcing them to undergo a process of radical transformation.”

[Image: DEPART, Still from Cloud Chamber Diaries (2012)]

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Exhibition poster
design by Ahoystudios.com

ACFNY Gallery View
Photo by David Plakke

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John BRILL
Self-portrait, Lodi, NJ (1987)
Selenium & Sulfide toned silver print
Courtesy of the artist and Kent Fine Art, NY

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DEPART
Cloud Chamber Diaries (2012)
Audiovisual installation
10:34 min
Courtesy of the artists

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Tina FRANK / Florian HECKER
Still from Vergence Framed (2012)
Video
6:30 min
Sound: Florian Hecker
Courtesy of the artists

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Robert HOWSARE
Drawing Apparatus (2012)
Turntables, Wood, Binding Posts, Ink, and Paper
36” x 36”
Courtesy of the Artist

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Rainer KOHLBERGER
Still from Col (2012)
Video loop
Courtesy of the artist

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Kurt KREN
11/65 - Bild Helga Philipp (1965)
16mm on DVD, b/w, silent
2:30 min
Courtesy of sixpack film / Kurt Kren

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Claudia MÄRZENDORFER
Hommage an Arnold Schönbergs Notenschreibmaschine (2012)
Ice sculpture, photographs, paper
Courtesy of the artist
Photo by Claudia Märzendorfer

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Gerald MOSER
a question of space - a time to question (2012)
Mixed media nstallation
10,000 ft nylon string, animation/projection, sound
Courtesy of the artist
Installation view at the ACFNY
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credits

Curator Eva Fischer
Exhibition Coordinator Natascha Boojar
Exhibition Assistant Grace McAvoy, Catherine Weiländer

The installation by Claudia Märzendorfer is made possible through generous support from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture.

Supporting Institutions of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York: Austrian AirlinesRB International Finance (USA) LLC, Stiegl, Zumtobel

Special thanks to Patrick Cadenhead, Franklin Castanien, Alexis Semtner, Joel Sheakoski

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