Once upon a time in the future | Press release

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE FUTURE | Mar. 10 - Apr. 6, 2012
Stephan Dill | Juan Duque | Vanessa Henn | Markus Leitsch | Zoë Claire Miller | Julia Prezewowsky | Constantinos Taliotis

| Finissage with poetry reading “Uncanny”: Friday, April 6, 2012 | 7-10 pm
| Reading starts at 7:30 pm

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Die Gruppenausstellung „Once upon a time in the future“ ist eine Hommage an den kürzlich verstorbenen Künstler Mike Kelley. In der Ausstellung begegnen dem Betrachter Objekte und Szenerien, die ihm ebenso vertraut wie fremd und deshalb suspekt und unheimlich erscheinen. Paradoxien, Skurrilitäten und scheinbar Unfassbares sind der Stoff aus dem fiktionale Traumwelten geschaffen sind. Jene Traumwelten schöpfen sich jedoch aus dem ach so normalen Alltag, aus einer verdrängten Wirklichkeit. Die Kombination von Erinnerungsbildern und Wünschen für die Zukunft rufen ein Gefühl von Nostalgie und diffuse Ängste hervor und konfrontieren den Menschen mit seinen Eitelkeiten, tief sitzenden Begehren und Utopien.

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The group show “Once upon a time in the future“ is an homage to the late lamented artist Mike Kelley. In the exhibition, the viewer encounters objects and sceneries that seem as much familiar as strange and therefore suspect and sinister. Paradoxes, odd things and the apparently incomprehensible are the stuff a fictional dream world is made of. This dream world, however, draws from a oh-so-normal everyday life, from a repressed reality. The combination of imaginated memories and wishes for the future evokes a sense of nostalgia and vague fears and confront people with their vanities, deep-seated desires and utopias.

Finissage & Poetry Reading “The Uncanny” | Friday, April 6, 2012 | 7-10 pm

Galerie Metro is pleased to invite you to the FINISSAGE of the group exhibition “ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE FUTURE” with Stephan Dill, Juan Duque, Vanessa Henn, Markus Leitsch, Zoë Claire Miller, Julia Prezewowsky, Constantinos Taliotis.

Marc Holzenbecher presents the POETRY READING “The Uncanny” with texts by Simone Kornappel, Stephan Reich, Jan Snela and Yulia Marfutova.

Against the background of the works on display the authors will read their texts relating to the “The Uncanny” as an Freudian concept that is often found in daily life objects and situations.

“The Uncanny is an instance where something can be familiar, yet foreign at the same time, resulting in a feeling of it being uncomfortably strange or uncomfortably familiar.” It often creates “cognitive dissonance” within the experiencing subject due to the paradoxical nature of being attracted to, yet repulsed by an object at the same time. This cognitive dissonance often leads to an outright rejection of the object, as one would rather reject than rationalize.

Simone Kornappel (*1978) is co-publisher of the “randnummer literaturhefte”http://www.randnummer.org/ and co-operator of the lyric portal “lyrikkritik.de”http://www.lyrikkritik.de/. She published her texts in several anthologies and literature magazines. Her debut volume „Raumanzug“ will be published by luxbooks soon.

Stephan Reich (*1984) studied English and German philology and Sociology in Münster. Publications in journals and anthologies, most recently “Wortwuchs Magazin”, “randnummer literaturhefte”, “Jahrbuch der Lyrik 2011″, “Versnetze Vier”, etc. Finalist at Literaturwerkstatt Berlin’s 18th Open Mike 2010.

Jan Snela (*1980) studied Comparative Literature, Slavic philology and Rhetoric in Munich and Tübingen. In 2010 he won the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin’s 18th Open Mike. He published recently in “poet” and “magazine” (Kulturstiftung des Bundes).

Yulia Marfutova (*1988), studies German philology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She published her texts in several anthologies and literature magazines.

Marc Holzenbecher (*1982) studied political science and philosophy in Bonn, Paris and Berlin.
He was co-publisher of the um[laut] magazine. Currently he is writing his dissertation on Hannah Arendt. Most recently he founded a new magazine about literature and photography: “STILL” www.tiny.cc/stillmagazin.