at Kunstverein Wagenhalle, Stuttgart, DE

group exhibition 
with M.Paradoxa, BadLab, Sabian Baumann, Lisa Biedlingmaier, Balca Ergener, Manon Fantini, Moritz Finkbeiner, Ulrika Jäger, Ziqi Jiang, Chantal Küng, Valentina Pini, Alex Martinis Roe, Sarina Scheidegger & Jimena Croceri, Esther Schena, Barbara Schibli & Maria Rosaria Valentini, Rosalie Schweiker, Linda Strähl, tria publishing platform Zurich–Beijing and VOLUMES Archive.

curated by M.Paradoxa

10.04.22 – 07.05.22

Five propositions on love, 2022 (dyed ropes, felt, epoxy, wood, theater traverses, books)

The exhibition S-motion at Kunsthalle Wagenhalle is a project curated by the collective M.Paradoxa, exploring the topic of “ways of together”, and initiating a collaborative learning process. Taking the concept of the “S-motion,” a description of Mixotricha paradoxa’s flagella movement which is in fact facilitated by two different types of bacteria, they wish to explore what various S-motions are present in their paths of working together. How to learn from each other? What kind of dynamics, challenges and solutions can arise? What kind of an inner attitude is necessary or desirable to allow the story to go on?

Aside from working together as M.Paradoxa, each member will act as an artist, a curator and an agent, presenting their own works, while inviting other artists to present works or workshops. During the four weeks of the exhibition, a series of workshops and screenings will be organized and a weekly newspaper will be published. The workshops on collective writing, leaf printing and making zines will serve as a channel to invite people to share practical and collaborative experience. Artists and writers will be invited to contribute texts associated with an “S” word of their choice, writing stories based on their research or personal experience that reflect an idea of togetherness. These texts will then be published in the weekly newspapers produced continuously throughout the exhibition.

The collective M.Paradoxa works with a process-driven, practice-based method, and intends to host the exhibition as a nurturing, generating space that allows activities and encounters to continuously grow. Yet, as we enter the third year of the global pandemic, the unsettling, precarious situation still looms over. Traveling, connecting, or any offline participatory event is still imbued with uncertainty, as was the planning for this exhibition—collectively ruminating in many online meetings. In response to this situation, M.Paradoxa imagines to build a “digestive tent” installation. This structure would be an open and fluid space in the exhibition, offering a temporary space for local groups in Stuttgart to make use of through open-calls.