April 30, 2106–August 7, 2016. Exhibition Curated by Michael Arzt, François Cusset and Camille De Toledo.

The degree of individual and collective, spiritual, ecological, and economic exhaustion and burnout we are experiencing today has led to a unique sort of 21st century melancholy. This is the result of an inability to differentiate between economics and politics. Eliminating the public sector, deregulating markets, and significant cuts in social security have been seen as economic panaceas for decades. And when markets are deregulated, life is deregulated as well. An economy of desires running on empty serves as the motor leading to an exhaustion of life and squandering of resources. The exploitation of the earth, warming of the atmosphere, overpopulation, and the far-reaching consequences of the “New World Disorder”, such as hunger, poverty, waves of refugees, civil wars, and terrorism, are manifestly unstoppable. While the present continues to hyperventilate, shaping the future and the course of history has become something inconceivable.

Featuring works by: Gregory Barsamian, Stefan Brüggemann, Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkacova, CHTO, Jeannette Ehlers, Famed, Rumiko Hagiwara , David Maisel, Álvaro Martínez Alonso, Guido van der Werve.

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Photo Credit: HALLE 14, Leipzig | Walther Le Kon