26 April – 4 November 2019
Kunstgewerbemuseum Schloss Pillnitz Dresden, Germany
Curated by Foreign Legion, Vera Sacchetti and Matylda Krzykowski
What happens when you Add to the Cake*?
In the second phase of Add to the Cake the preview becomes an exhibition opening 5 July 2019, in which the spaces are transformed to give way to a series of installations on visions for the future of female practice. Commissioned works create paths for the present and future of female practice. Simultaneously, various Visual Fictions spread throughout the spaces act as a spatial expression of desire for something lacking here and now . Add to the Cake becomes the transformation it heralds, enacting futures that are inclusive, generous, all-encompassing and joyous.
*Cake, here, is meant as a variation on the concept of “canon”. The most repeated observation during the by Foreign Legion organised symposium A Woman’s Work was “We have to add to the Canon”.
Associates Associates (Ania Jaworska & Zack Ostrowski), Shumi Bose, Sara de Campos, Fictional Journal (Gabriela Baka, Sophie Rzepecky, Teresa Palmieri), Anne Dessing & Michiel van Iersel, Marie Herwald Hermann & Anders Ruhwald, Zoë Ritts & Océane Réveillac, Galerie Stephanie Kelly (Kerstin Flasche, Claudia Kleiner, Michael Klipphahn, Lucie Klysch, Paula Letalik, Theresa Rothe, Nina Schwarzenberger, Winnie Seifert), Kosmos Architects (Leonid Slominsky, Artem Kitaev, Nikolay Martynov), Oliver Klimpel, Alexandra Midal & Emma Pflieger, Kamau Patton, Martha Poggioli, Alejandra Navarrete Llopis & Naho Kubota, OOIEE (Mary Begley, Matt Olson, Drew Smith), James Taylor-Foster
Unstable Signs as Radical Tools
Anja Kaiser and Garrett Nelson
What if we present reference points and messy histories for building knowledge of unstable signs as radical tools?
In Unstable Signs as Radical Tools, Anja Kaiser and Garrett Nelson offer a future of work where unstable signs become radical tools. Using as a starting point Sheila Levrant de Bretteville’s 1974 Women in Design conference poster, they propose reference points for building knowledge and awareness of unstable signs as radical tools, opening visual and narrative spaces for revolution.
common-interest and Ann Kern
What theories have not yet been formulated or recorded?
This project questions who writes history and whose histories are told. It is a feminist library of blind spots, untold stories, and missing narratives within history and theory, in the form of a collectively built, continuously growing online repository. Futuress invites all to contribute to the active writing of past, present and future history.
For Your Information (FYI) A non-periodical newsletter of women-related current articles
Chrissie Muhr and Ji-hee Lee
Do you understand your reality?
In this unsteady newsletter of current articles related to women, Chrissie Muhr and Ji-hee Lee offer a subversive take on contemporary news, skewing and decentering the media landscape. In a continuous collection of national and international news, the project invites a new reading of women’s current and future place in the media, and gives visitors access to this information flow.
Call for Collective Representation
Gabriel A. Maher and Ina Weise
Can you only dream what you’ve seen?
This project shows a future where women are seen, heard, and at last, visible. What would it mean to be seen together, as a powerful community that is challenging notions of representation and revealing a greater collective image? And how could that expanding visibility transform the way we model not only our work but the way we model ourselves for future generations?
Exercise to Unlearn the Canon
How can you learn anew?
This is an invitation to practice changing power dynamics through tactile and bodily engagement. As a series of experiential performative interventions, the participants in Exercise to Unlearn the Canon become the material itself, exploring the capabilities of our bodies to extend the individual experience of our environment and thus provoke behavioural change. Performed during Dresden’s Museum’s Night,
6 July 2019.
Julia E. Dyck
How can we make space for a multitude of voices?
Working with analogue synthesis and a small group of voices, this composition is a soundscape for a speculative non-place. Driven by the passage “Add to the cake / Add to the canon”, the shifting atmosphere reflects spontaneous creation and the continuous conversion of energy into matter.
Ritual of Self-empowerment
Pinar & Viola
How does an alternative world look and feel like?
In this personal presentation, Pinar Demirdag of artist duo Pinar & Viola discusses her self- growth process in recent years, sharing her journey towards self-belief and breaking out of conventions and expectations.