AT YOUR OWN RISK
“Calculated” risks seem to be one of the crucial values of experience in today’s Western society, which cultivates such leisure time rituals like bungee jumping, paragliding, and other extreme sports. Against the backdrop of this risk culture, the exhibition “At Your Own Risk” highlights a particular form of art which, having emerged in the 1990s, examines the part of the viewer turned user.
Artists such as Carsten Höller, gelatin, Christoph Büchel, Jeppe Hein, Ana Maria Tavares, and the Critical Art Ensemble create constellations that are attractive enough to make the visitors abandon their passive consumer attitude. Incentives may either be an extraordinary experience such as crossing rooms full of fog or exploring mysterious labyrinths or be connected with a playful situation or expected findings. In cooperation with the Siemens Arts Program.
Edited by Markus Heinzelmann and Martina Weinhart. With a preface by Max Hollein and Michael Roßnagl and contributions by Manfred Faßler, Markus Heinzelmann, Vanessa Joan Müller, Wolf Singer, Raimar Stange, Aglaja Stirn, Martina Weinhart, Niels Werber. German/English, 320 pages, ca. 80 color illustrations. Available with
4 different cover motifs. ISBN 3-936919-01-1, Revolver -- Archiv für aktuelle Kunst, Frankfurt.