Guided Tour through the Exhibition DURST with Alice Wilke

SAT 25 04 2020, 12:30 p.m.


Secrets, power, sex, fetishes and anarchy are the political and aesthetic dimensions of the figures of vampires. The exhibition sees the figure of the vampire and his mythical lifestyle as an essential socio-cultural phenomenon: let us define vampirism as the symbolic depletion of energies and resources from other living beings and from our environment. The term can be expanded to parasitic relationships and toxic circumstances - and does not end with the fascinating figure of the living, bloodsucking undead. The exhibition thus moves into an area of conflict, often mediated through pop culture, between the reception of the vampire myth in contemporary art and a broader semantic field, which opens up the figure of the vampire. Still, what keeps the interest in the figure of the vampire alive for all these generations? Furthermore, how can the desire for immortality be linked with our constant pursuit of self-optimization? Answers to these questions will be addressed on a guided tour with curator, Alice Wilke, as the opportunity presents itself to further examine the works of the exhibition.


After the tour, you are cordially invited to participate in the Carmilla // Reading Group.


Artists: Inka ter Haar, Lauren Huret, Céline Manz, Alexandra Meyer, Sarah Rechberger, Katharina Swoboda, Cathrin Ulikowski
Duration of the exhibition: WED 01.04.– SA 16.05.2020


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