Horea Avram on Thu, 4 Oct 2012 07:42:41 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-ro] Fake It! (Limited Edition) - exhibition opening

*Fake It! (Limited Edition)*

Curator: *Horea Avram*


*OndÅej Brody & Kristofer Paetau* (CZ/ FN/ DE/BZ)

*Radu ComÅa *(RO)**

*IstvÃn LÃszlÃ* (RO/IRL)

*Pascal LiÃvre* (FR)

*Michael Mandiberg* (US)

*Cristian OpriÅ *(RO)

*Florin Åtefan *(RO)**

*Marius TÃnÃsescu *(CA/RO)**

*Bogdan Teodorescu *(RO)**


*Opening: October 5, 2012, 7:00pm*

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*Spatiu Intact*

*Fabrica de pensule,*

Henri Barbusse 59-61, Cluj



The idea of fake is understood here in a wider sense, as a critical
thinking tool, as an instrument for approachingâequally with deference and
irreverenceâthe established models of the art history, of the media and
popular culture.

This exhibition is conceived as a possible site of reflection upon the fate
of the âfakeâ nowadays; as an opportunity to challenge and question the
actual relevance of a concept with so many variables, meanings and
interpretations. Pop Artâs serialism, appropriationism, simulations,
mash-up, cut-and-paste, or simply copy-paste are different manifestations
of the same idea of fake. Such a diversity proves that working with
âfakeââas a concept and as a meansâis not linked to a specific trend,
technique or time period. It is  rather the mark of an attitude and a way
of doing things.

âFakeâ means in this context not only copy or surrogate, that is, an entity
that loses its aesthetic, conceptual or functional identity once entered
into the circuit of reproductions and simulations. âFakeâ can suggest also
the possibility of the original, however controversial this proposal might
beâhence the subtitle âLimited editionâ. Thus, the way in which these works
engage and relate to the model is equally subversive and constructive,
critical and conciliatory.

The âsourcesâ to which the works of this exhibition make reference are
appropriated, diverted, plagiarized, or parodied with various visual and
tactical means: from video to object, to photography, performance and
online intervention. In this sense, the idea of fake is seen not only as a
working instrument confined to the art field but one that addresses
directly the larger context of culture, society and politics. Therefore,
the imperative of the title points precisely to the evident actuality and
implicit diversity of such a theme.

Horea Avram


The exhibition is part of the project âContemporary art factoryâ, cultural
project organized by Fabrica de pensule and supported by National Cultural
Fund Administration, Romania.

Sponsors and partners: FloraParc, Kiosk, CasaBio

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