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The Clouds and the Cloud

Clouds – without us being aware of it – have an elementary significance for us. We inscribe our wishes, hopes and fears into their fleeting, indeterminate diversity.

The artistic “discovery” of the cloud began in the Middle Ages and intensified in the 19th century, parallel to its importance in the natural sciences and humanities. In the context of globalisation, virtualisation and 20th century theory, the cloud is now developing into a model for describing the complexity of contemporary conditions. It is becoming a symbol of networked information architecture, geopolitical relations, and new concepts of space. It is well-known, after all, that clouds do not stop at borders.

The exhibition “The Clouds and the Cloud” in the MGKSiegen deals with the phenomenon of the cloud from a contemporary perspective. In doing so, it goes much further than the customary cloud images. Using a variety of media, the contributions range from artistic translations of the natural motif to the technical infrastructure of the clouds and their affects. The works presented combine ecological, socio-political, economic and technological aspects. The focus is on exploring the various perceptions, materialities and functions of the cloud today.

With contributions by
James Bridle
Nina Canell
Latifa Echakhch
Lara Favaretto
Hans-Peter Feldmann
Shilpa Gupta
Flaka Haliti
David Horvitz
Almut Linde
Benoît Maire
Marie-Luce Nadal
Ho Tzu Nyen
Trevor Paglen
Michael Sailstorfer
Christopher Kulendran Thomas

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