boom, bubble & blast – art against the crisis

Wachsbleichstraße 4a
GER-01067 Dresden

5 March – 4 April 2015
private view: 04 March 2015, 20:00

The exhibition boom, bubble & blast explores impacts of the 2008 global financial crisis, specifically, the crisis of identity, power and politics in Europe as it is now emerging.

Over the last few months, Dresden has been at the heart of the European popular Right movement - thousands of angry citizens (“Wutbürger”) from the extreme centre gather there and across Germany. In England, you can hear the roar of UKIP, in the Netherlands Partij voor de Vrijheid (Party for Freedom) chants "less less less" when it comes to foreigners, Hungary’s Jobbik party calls for a register of ethnic minorities in Hungary and the Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) face criminal prosecution for their tactics in Greece.

What is at work here? Does racism appear as a result of the bank bailout? Is austerity changing our mentally health? What kind of economic and social borders are necessary? Isn’t the concept of the European “smart borders” a metaphor for exclusion? Must we choose between techno-politics and social engagement? As the financial crisis has aggressively enforced the exclusion of large swathes of the European population within their own communities, experienced by the inhabitants of the countries branded "PIGS", does profit prefer dehumanisation?

Why "boom, bubble & blast"?

The great boom transforms into a dramatic bubble, both of which serve as commonplace metaphors in the financial sector. We consider the ‘blast’ that follows as opening up a space where creativity and new thought can arise. Artists, researchers and experts design ideas and tools to create new realities and resilient approaches to the current economic and social crises. Due to recent events in Dresden and across Europe, BBM and Motorenhalle have decided to focus on capacities for resisting the politics of austerity and prejudice. The exhibition aims to take a highly critical stance towards the intolerance of nationalists and their followers, featuring sculpture, painting, video, sound art, photography, performances and documentation of interventions in public space by more than 40 international artists dealing with the consequences of crises in recent years. Many of the works are exclusive to boom, bubble & blast and have been made directly in response to current political events.

Curated by Cecilia Wee, Janneke Schönenbach & Olaf Arndt, with Maria Zastrow, Frank Eckhardt and Denise Ackermann

Artists: David Adam (D), Fahim Amir & proll positions (A), Bela B (D), Selçuk Balamir & Malcolm Kratz (NL), Ghazi Barakat (D), BBM (D), Tjorg Douglas Beer (D), Neville Brody (UK), Bureau d´Etudes (F), Françoise Cactus & Anton (F/D), Micha Cárdenas (US), Jake & Dinos Chapman (UK), Costantino Ciervo (IT), Copa & Sordes (CH), dr. d (UK), Ricardo Dominguez, Brett Stalbaum/Electronic Disturbance Theater (US), Nooshin Farhid (UK), FLATZ (D), Heidrun Friese (D), Front Deutscher Äpfel (D), "            "[sic] Tim Goldie (UK), Viktor Hertz (SE), Peter Kennard & Cat Picton Phillipps (UK), Sebastian Krumbiegel (D), Andreja Kulunčić (HR), Michael Kurzwelly & Nowa Amerika (D/PL), R.P.S. Lanrue mit Ton Steine Scherben (D), La r.O.n.c.e - John Jordan and Isabelle Fremeaux (F), Peter Lewis & Makiko Nagaya (UK), The Artist Taxi Driver/Mark McGowan (UK), Sina Michalskaja & Shahin Zarinbal (RUS), Rob Moonen (NL), Jörg Möller (D), Csaba Nemes (HU), NewArtonMondays (UK), Gunter Rambow (D), Carrie Reichardt (UK), Penny Rimbaud, Tony Barber, Charles Webber (UK), Henrik Schrat (D), Veronika Schumacher (D), Seyfried & Ziska (D), Jonas Staal / New World Summit (NL), Klaus Staeck (D), Stereo Total (D), Klaus Theuerkauf & Funny van Dannen (D), Marco Tomassoli (IT), Andreas Ulrich (D), N.U. Unruh (D), Gee Vaucher (UK), Omar Vulpinari (IT),  Der Wahre Heino & Herman Hermann (D), Joanne Wardrop & Steven Ounanian (UK), Christina Zück (D), Sahar Zukerman (IL), Sus Zwick, Muda Mathis & Fränzi Madörin (CH).

Boom, Bubble & Blast is part of the project ENQuETE Art, funded by the European Union (EACEA Culture Programme 2007-13), Landeshauptstadt Dresden, Amt für Kultur und Denkmalschutz, and Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen.