*The Exhibition is still open by appointment. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a viewing
Ladies and Gentlemen. I see you received the free ticket I sent you. I‘m glad, I did so want you to be here.
As you can see we came before you, to stand before you. We are tonights entertainment! And we came prepared. We have developed a conceptual framework, which has guided us in our decisions throughout this text and all our show. This framework is much broader than any horizon, it deals with the relationship between thinking and reality. What makes this relationship so complicated is that the thoughts and actions of you, participants, are part of the reality we have to think about. Your thinking thereby serves a dual function: On the one hand you try to understand the world in which you live – that is the cognitive function; on the other, you want to influence the events in which you participate – that is the manipulative function. These two functions interfere with each other – we could call it the interference reflexivity. Reality then ranges from near equilibrium to far from equilibrium conditions and a situation can be considered stable or unstable. But people’s opinion can shift quite quickly.
Some of our… crazier guests have crashed the party early, and when I say crazy, I mean REAL psycho. A word of warning here, if anyone sees a dribbling fool barking at the moon or maybe just purring like a kitten, do your civic duty. Walk up to them, put your arm around them and show that you care. We are here together tonight.
So please grab a sausage – we brought them for you. A bonfire and great bangers. We had some chocolate banana‘s with it aswell but they must be all gone by now – you might find some frozen one‘s if you lucky. And there‘s beer enough for all of us. It‘s in the dustbin upstairs and we put some ice in to keep it cold. May I ask you to have a look at the objects while traversing there. Although physically unremarkable, the metal hawk posses a very deformed set of values and morals. It‘s a metaphor, do you see that? Have you noticed the same hideously bloated sense of humanity‘s importance in the comic at the wall? Also noted the club footed social conscience and withered optimism? It‘s certainly not for the squeamish, is it? Well, you can‘t make an omelette without breaking some eggs.
Did you see the box in the staircase? Antec One, Fractal Design – it‘s a computer. And without questions, computers are more than essential technology today; they have become integral to our lives. They define the functionality and design of our offices, our homes, ourselves. But how does it live, I hear you ask? How does this poor pathetic specimen in there survive? I‘m afraid the sad answer is, „Not very well“.
The paintings are Maxes. All up for graps (.de). Pity there is no time to watch all the projection, but it‘s good enough for the atmosphere I guess. We also closed the blinds, curtains drawn, didn‘t know when you will be coming and sunset‘s not always on time. Max wanted to show some footage of his trips, ridiculous stuff, but we‘ll share the link so you can check his travels later. To set the scene: Germany‘s in the driving seat. Max Ruf tours in your heart.
But I‘m off course.
How to keep the air circulating without the power of fans anyways?
Let me start again.
Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen.
Do you know what triggered World War II?
An argument over how many telegraph poles Germany owed its war debt creditors! Isn‘t that hilarious?
Is it the annoying music? Or you just had a bad day? Am I right? I know I am, I can tell. Why else would you dress up and stick around here? Well here‘s the thing: Answers don‘t give you everlasting satisfaction, sometimes you have to bra- ce yourself for disappointment. Think about it. Imagine your favorite TV show. You‘ve been through it all. The ups, the downs, the crazy coincidences, and then: BANG! They tell you what it‘s all about. Would you be happy? Does it make sense? How come it all ended in a church?
You really think it all breaks down into symbolism and structures, concepts and clues?
Screw that Batman.
Lives depend on us being certain. Reason. Intellect. Skill. This is Social Design. Noting else must matter. Recognizing the mistakes and identifying the misconceptions that have created this current situation is the first step; correcting them is the second. And in any case social phenomena are easier to explain than to predict.
Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen.
- Yves Scherer