20 Jan - 14 May 2017
Ian Wilson, Circle on the floor (Chalk Circle), 1968, unlimited edition, Courtesy the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels; Ian Wilson, The Pure Awareness of the Absolute / A Discussion, 2014, Courtesy the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels, On loan from Jan Mot, Brussels, Untitled (Disc), 1967, Courtesy the artist; Installation view KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 2017; Photo: Frank Sperling
KW Institute for Contemporary Art is enchanted to declare the performance presentation by South-African artist Ian Wilson (born 1940 in Durban, ZA). Ian Wilson has been investigating the stylish capability of talked language since the late 1960s. His continuous assemblage of work—starting with "oral correspondence" and in the end including his mark Discussions—started in 1968 with the spoken word "time". The artist, who started as a painter, soon changed the demonstration of dialog into his sole creative medium. More than four decades, the concentration of these trades has moved from time to the way of learning and non-information, and consciousness of 'the Absolute'. His works are not recorded or captured at all, and exist just the length of the discussion itself. Wilson's longing for deliberation initially showed as works of art that investigated and tried the points of confinement of discernment. In spite of the fact that Wilson's initial artistic creations and models are unmistakably physical items, they additionally flag a slant to make decrease and deliberation one-stride further, to the point of freeing specialty of physical properties out and out.
The exhibition inaugurates the main period of executive Krist Gruijthuijsen's aesthetic program at KW, which looks at Wilson's work through three comparing solo introductions by Hanne Lippard, Adam Pendleton, and Paul Elliman. Wilson's work will be physically and adroitly inserted inside every display, filling in as a structure for investigating parts of language and communication, and the more extensive criticalness of collaboration between people. The display is consequently in consistent flux and changes progressively over the span of its term.
In the spirit of Wilson’s practice, weekly commissioned performances, readings, lectures, and events titled The Weekends take place at KW, and throughout the city of Berlin.