Paky Vlassopoulou / If Future a Dead Loss
March 18–April 15, 2017
Werft 5 – Raum für Kunst
Bayenstraße 28, 50678 Köln
In this new body of work Vlassopoulou questions cultural history's impact on the way we perceive the qualities of time in our daily life, and how this shapes our imagination of the past, the present, and the future. When our experience of time is dictated by neoliberal commands and instant communications occurring at any given moment, the artist is left to ponder how to grasp the present.
Is there any time left to envision the future? Is the future a dead loss?
If Future a Dead Loss is not an exhibition about sci-fi scenarios, melontology, or futuristic post-internet aesthetics. On the contrary, the exhibition explores the idea of the future not as a turning point of evolution but as an empty space ready to be inhabited. Using images, material objects and physical experiences, the artist occupies the space in order to create a present moment full of doubts and unmet expectations.
During the opening night three performers where serving drinks to the guests. In a certain moment, even if they were still taking orders for the drinks, they would never deliver them.
With the kind support of Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, Sparkasse Köln-Bonn, and Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Rheinland.