Racking Focus, 2'' 54' Berlin, 2015
The Berliner Whiteconcepts Gallery presents, from July 31st to August 2nd 2015, "Racking focus": an exhibition curated by PSJM within the framework of the workshop "Critical creation and market: providing meaning and value."Formed by artists Oier Gil (Irun, 1990) and Abel Jiménez Rivas (Barcelona, 1986), the Ampersand collective bounce into the gallery space with an exhibition proposal to call into question the ethics of power.
Rockets and fireworks. The audience is entertained, they enjoy the show. From Queen's "The show must go on" to Janet Jackson's breast through the German's Football World Cup victory. Is Lebron James better than Michael Jordan? Tourists on the moon. David Getta assisting to George Clooney's wedding. Di Caprio has never won an Oscar and Amy Winehouse has died of drug overdose.
Chomsky claims that hindering the thoughts of the individuals it is easier to detach them from the existing reality. Postmodern nature entirely survives symbolized by the dominant power to entertain the masses (Tiqqun). As in a Ford or L'Oréal advertisement, it is necessary for us to read the fine print to realize what is going on: While Bastian Schweinsteiger is being transferred to Manchester United, the fine print states that the European Parliament is signing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
"Racking focus" is all about indicating the spectator the importance of being informed of what is happening without bumping into the spectacle's distraction. Change your focus, from the Superbowl final to the European Parlament, to become an active subject and make those decisions that directly affect you. With the help of nearly unreadable news prints at the bottom of posters and videos, the Ampersand group injects a dose of sociopolitical reality in contrast with the show sparkling images. Because the show must not go on!
Racking Focus Installation, White Concepts, Berlin, 2015
Times Square, 180x120 cm