Extract from press release:
Specters of the Nineties looks at the last decade of the 20th century – just half a generation away – through the filter of art works made in the period between 1989 and 2000. One of the most prominent characteristics of the 1990s is without doubt the revolutionary development of digital technology and the Internet, that have changed society profoundly since. Artistic practices of the 1990s not only reflected the digital revolution, globalization and the emergence of global capitalism, but also pointed at altered relations between art and the new reality. Specters of the Nineties presents a selection of art works and practices that were innovative for the time – if not anticipating on the social constellations, and the position of art within, today. What are the legacies of the artistic practices of the 1990s? Or have they, often referred to as a ‘social project’, dissolved in ‘the real’ altogether? An anthology of artistic practices and works, made between 1989 and 2000, will be exhibited next to archival material including a variety of printed media, proposing to consider them in a wider context of cultural production.
Works, reconstructions, reenactments, documents of original context-specific works and archival material from different sources, from the period 1989 – 2000, selected from the oeuvres of the following artists and artists’ groups:
Art Club 2000, Alex Bag, Bernadette Corporation, Plamen Dejanov & Svetlana Heger, Jeremy Deller, Stephan Dillemuth, Andrea Fraser, Renée Green, Jens Haaning, Pierre Huyghe, Karen Kilimnik, Job Koelewijn, Renée Kool, Matthieu Laurette, Aleksandra Mir, N55, Marylène Negro, Laurie Parsons, Hinrich Sachs, Joe Scanlan, SUPERFLEX, Apolonija Sustersic, Barbara Visser, Carey Young
New essays (a.o. by Hans-Christian Dany) will be published in conjunction with the exhibition. A publication Specters of the Nineties will be published in 2012.
Venue: Marres, Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht (NL).
Curators: Lisette Smits in collaboration with Matthieu Laurette