A research-based exhibition by a German curator (Clemens Krümmel). It consisted of quite a lot of small works, most of them prints or just facsimiles of artworks, plus some video works. It made me think of Anselm Franke shows or the research based shows which Para Site in Hong Kong is sometimes showing. But the topic presented stayed too abstract to grasp it in words.
I did not really feel incited to read and study the works in detail and I walked through rather quickly. The press release talks about the relationship between images that stand for itself and supporting layers (text or verbal explanation). I agree this motive was present, yet I could not really grasp it from walking through the show. Probably I would have to go very slowly, trying to read all the little paper snippets pasted on the wall. I would say this kind of more ‘difficult’ exhibitions usually need a rather simple and straightforward topic, which the visitor than can dive into, but doesn’t have to and still can get something out of it. When the topic (or title) is already ambiguous as in this case, and the layered text-image works are also ambiguous, then orientation is easily lost.