Eighth day in Johannesburg

The artworks from the everyday changing exhibition go to the Delay Museum. The Delay Museum is a collection of artworks that were all made in 24 hours reflecting on the emergencies of that day. Every time a new emergency art platform is activated in the world, a selection of artworks are being included in the Delay Museum collection that by now consists of more than 500 artworks. Because of the caravan like nature of the project, the artworks are made by artists from various countries and in different cultural, political and geographical contexts. With the growing collection, it will be possible to create an encyclopedic overview showing what artists have been worrying and expressing about in the last ten years.

As a curator, it is possible to make some very interesting cuts into the connection. For each cut, it is possible to make a new exhibition. Thematically it could, for example, be an exhibition on the growing xenophobia. We would be able to bring to light artworks that were commenting on xenophobic tendencies in a very early stage. The instant comments from the artists are connected to their intuition and can thus also revile dysfunctional tendencies that are still not formed into concrete problems. This is why we often see artists being the first ones to react to things being out of balance. Since the platform is encouraging fast tempo of producing art about emergencies, the rhythm of production is pulsing and more intuitive than conceptual. Another thing that stimulates the artistic intuition in the process is the fact that the mistakes are acceptable in this format. This gives the artists the necessary freedom to guess to sense and to visualize possible scenarios for the future.

The diversity of artworks in the collection would also allow us to interconnect the emergencies. Let’s say we are doing an exhibition on growing xenophobia. In that case, it would only be natural also to include artworks that deal with refugees as well as war industry.

There can of course also be made a sociological take on the collection. We could also do a curating that shows who was working with which themes or how many artists had similar concerns and in which countries more than others. It is also possible to study the different levels of censorship in the world. The artworks produced during the EMERGENCY ROOM in Vietnam have been made under different censorship condition then the EMERGENCY ROOM done in Moma PS1.

On the visual level, there is very interesting research to dive into regarding the aesthetic of emergency art. How do artists find visual solutions to express within one day? What kinds of techniques are being used formally and conceptually in order to create shortcuts?

During the exhibition on Johannesburg, the Delay Museum is active parallel to the every day changing exhibition. The Delay Museum is growing for every day and will stay on display until July 31. To add, the South African contribution to the already existing collection will bring an important global element to the Delay Museum.


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