Die Wolken und die Wolke / The Clouds and the Cloud

Cat. Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen

Exhibition catalogue, edited by Thomas Thiel
texts (German/English) by Benjamin H. Bratton, James Bridle, Simon Elson, Joseph Imorde, Anne Röhl, Thomas Thiel
208 p with 70 coloured illustrations
240 x 170 mm, Swiss brochure

ISBN 978-3-86442-352-9

34,00 €

The Clouds and the Cloud

Clouds – without us being aware of it – have an elementary significance for us. We inscribe our wishes, hopes and fears into their fleeting, indeter­m­inate diversity. The artistic »discovery« of the cloud began in the Middle Ages and intensified in the 19th century, parallel to its growing importance in the natural sciences and humanities. In the ­con-text of globalisation, virtualisation and 20th century theory, the cloud is now developing into a model for describing the complexity of contem­p­orary condi­tions. It is becoming a symbol of ­networked information architecture, geopolitical relations, and new concepts of space. It is well-known, after all, that clouds do not stop at borders. The exhibition as well as the book »The Clouds and the Cloud« deals with the phenomenon of the cloud from a contemporary perspective. In doing so, it goes much further than the customary cloud images. Using a variety of media, the contributions range from artistic translations of the natural motif to the technical infrastructure of the clouds and their affects. The works presented combine eco­logical, socio-political, economic and technological aspects. The focus is on exploring the various perceptions, materialities and functions of the cloud(s) today.

James Bridle, Nina Canell, Latifa Echakhch, Lara Favaretto, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Shilpa Gupta, Flaka Haliti, David Horvitz, Almut Linde, Benoît Maire, Metahaven, Marie-Luce Nadal, Ho Tzu Nyen, Trevor Paglen, Michael Sailstorfer, Christopher Kulendran Thomas