previews

  • “RAQS MEDIA COLLECTIVE: IN THE OPEN OR IN STEALTH”

    Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
    Plaça dels Angels, 1
    October 31 - March 17

    Curated by Raqs Media Collective

    After curating the 2016 Shanghai Biennale, New Delhi– based Raqs Media Collective (founded in 1992 by Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta) returns with this group show featuring more than twenty international artists, including John Gerrard, Hassan Khan, Rosa Barba, and Lantian Xie. Loosely organized around theories of the future—not the future of science fiction, but the future emerging from the conflicts of the “deep present”—the works examine themes such as collectivity, memory, ecology, and systems of knowledge. For example, Gerrard’s X. laevis (Spacelab), 2017, is a programmed simulation of a frog floating in zero gravity, as if in a NASA research facility, its legs twitching like those of dead frogs subjected to electric shocks in eighteenth­ century experiments. Referencing centuries of research on life­forms, the work is a culmination of developments at the frontiers of virtual art. In conjunction with the exhibition, Raqs will release a publication relating to 21 Personae, its collection of stories about Barcelona’s diverse inhabitants.

  • “Black Light: Secretive traditions in the arts since the 1950s”

    Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
    Montalegre, 5
    May 15 - October 21

    Curated by Enrique Juncosa

    Art is rarely a rational product of human experience, as human experience is rarely a rational thing. That is why art is such a marvelous instrument for limning the divine. We expect it to take us elsewhere, be that the numinous edge of the self or the infinite. “Black Light,” orchestrated by curator and poet Enrique Juncosa, is a dense and multifaceted offering that explores the ways in which occult traditions have influenced artmaking—from Jungian conceptions of the imagination to the evolution of the superhero genre. Brace yourself for contributions from the greatest of satanic majesties, including Kenneth Anger, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Cameron, and Aleister Crowley, alongside the coolest angels descended from heaven’s heart, such as Harry Smith, Bruce Conner, Agnes Martin, and Sun Ra. Almost four hundred works—paintings, books, collages, sculptures, LPs, and more—will have you tripping happily down the rabbit hole into all manner of wonderlands.