More Than Just Words [On the Poetic]
Featuring João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva
Mar 8th — May 7th, 2017
Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
“What makes a verbal message a work of art?” (Roman Jakobson)
Poetry is based on language’s surplus, on words that skip meaning, and modulate sound and rhythm. The poetic language resists the logic of effective meaning production and the functional exchange of signs. It escapes the abstraction of algorythms and the rules of pragmatics.
Poetry has long since been a source of inspiration for the visual arts. The exhibition, however, is less interested in poetry as words that rhyme, but in what Roman Jakobson described as “the poetic function of language”: the aesthetic dimension of language that reaches beyond its merely communicative function.
More Than Just Words [On the Poetic] is taking the idea of the poetic function of communication as a point of departure for ways of expressing thoughts and ideas beyond semantic unambiguity. The exhibition is interested in a polysemous, open language and finds it in concrete poetry, film, collages, installations and performances.
Artists a.o.: John Baldessari, Elisabetta Benassi, Nina Canell, Natalie Czech, Michael Dean, Jason Dodge, João Maria Gusmão / Pedro Paiva, Ketty La Rocca, Bruno Munari, Fernando Ortega, Jenny Perlin, Gerhard Rühm, Olve Sande, Erica Scourti, Michael Snow, Mladen Stilinović, Artur Żmijewski
Monday—Friday10.00 am—6.30 pm
Saturday12.00 am—2.30 pm
HYGIENE AND DISTANCE REGULATIONS
The visit of the gallery is only possible for adults and children (from 6 years) with an own mouth and nose protection (everyday mask). Please keep a distance of at least 1.5 m from other visitors inside the gallery space. Groups of people less than 1.5 m apart are prohibited. Please observe the general rules of hygiene (such as regular hand washing). For your own safety and for the benefit of all, only visit Sies + Höke if you feel healthy.