|PRADA presents “What Was I?”, the new exhibition project conceived by the artist Goshka Macuga, with the support of FONDAZIONE PRADA. The exhibition will be held from 23rd March to 2nd June 2019 at Prada Rong Zhai in Shanghai, a historic residence from 1918 restored by PRADA and reopened in October 2017.
“What Was I?” is a kaleidoscopic journey into the post-Antropocene age following the collapse of humanity due to the effects of technological hyperdevelopment. The protagonist of this surprising exploration is an android created by Macuga and produced in Japan by A Lab for the exhibition presented in 2016 at the Milan headquarters of FONDAZIONE PRADA. In this futuristic scenario, in which the perspective of man no longer has value, the android is the only inhabitant of PRADA Rong Zhai and a discreet presence within the residence. The key question “What was I?”, which closes his speech and gives the title to Macuga’s neon installation and this new project of his, was originally pronounced by Frankenstein‘s monster, in the homonymous Gothic novel written by Mary Shelley.
|Macuga’s works are accompanied by a series of installations and small sculptures by Richard Artschwager, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Mario Merz, Salvatore Scarpitta and Rachel Whiteread that incorporate everyday objects and functional elements, suggesting a possible post-human routine. These works contribute at the same time to shaping a domestic context and an intimate habitat, in which the android is able to invent its own future “existence”.
Followed by works by artists linked to Group Zero in Germany and the Programmed and Kinetic Art movement in Italy and France – including Jan Schoonhoven, Luis Tomasello, Grazia Varisco and Nanda Vigo – the exhibition explores the complexity of geometric and computerized patterns and forms, creating an autonomous alphabet of forms.
“What Was I?” at PRADA Rong Zhai Shanghai