press release

LABoral is proud to announce Pasajes. Viajes por el híper-espacio [Passages. Travels in Hyperspace], a selection of works drawn from the collection of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (T-B A21). Consisting primarily of large-scale installation work, the exhibition is designed so as to foster a contemplative stroll, making the body central to the visitor's experience of art and offering a journey into a perceptual dimension that activates the physical, the sensory and the cerebral.

Exploring forms of perception, which weave together the "real" with the "virtual," the exhibition produces stimulating experiences, prompting that which is unforeseen and unpredictable, not fully explainable or representable in terms of pre-existing concepts or expectations. The works on display tend to restage fragments of our environment, to trigger shifts in our understanding that invoke all the sensory and bodily registers and break down the paradigms of the viewing subject and the object of perception.

This new horizon of experience is the result of processes of acceleration, the integration of new technologies, and the ability to negotiate change and innovation. It critically resists the quotidian notion of "augmented reality" (as in the newest iPhone navigation app) and points towards the complexity of "reality", as not only being our direct environment, but also being shaped by what we do not see: something that is affected by the "there and then" as much as the "here and now". The heightened visual and sensorial stimulations described by the notion of "hyperspace" is a metaphor for the abrogation of "the capacity of the individual human body to locate itself, to organize its immediate surroundings perceptually, and cognitively to map its position in a mappable external world." (Jameson)

In a way art suggests an advanced grid for understanding and relating to this complex representational environment. Works of art establish a narrative and conceptual dimension that freely associates reality and fiction, an expanded reality of sorts.

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Passages. Travels in Hyperspace
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection
Kuratoren: Daniela Zyman, Benjamin Weil

Künstler: Ai Weiwei, Doug Aitken, Haluk Akakce, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Maurizio Cattelan, Olafur Eliasson, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Florian Hecker, Jeppe Hein, Carsten Höller, Los Carpinteros , Ernesto Neto, Carsten Nicolai, Olaf Nicolai, Paul Pfeiffer, Sergio Prego, Pipilotti Rist, Monika Sosnowska, Cerith Wyn Evans