The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds After 1989
After two years of preparation the exhibition The Global Contemporary opened at ZKM Karlsruhe, with more than 100 artistic positions and a lengthy artist-in-residence programme. TGC is not meant to provide a survey of contemporary art as a Biennale would do, and even less an “inventory” of today’s artistic production, sorted along regional or any other guidelines; it is a discursive show on the multi-level interplay of the arts scene with current economy and society. Interplay meaning that artistic production within an environment determined by the processes of Globalisation will inevitably also be influenced by these processes, may they be the dissolution of regional borders or intensifying economic circumstances; interplay meaning, also, that artists take up these topic as the content and cause of their practice. As a co-curator, I am responsible for quite a few of the things to be found in the exhibition space, and the accompanying brochure.