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Bas Jan Ader

Navigating the Unknown


Opening: 9th of February 2017, 7 pm, Performance with Christina Lederhaas, Veza María Fernández Ramos: "Are you ok?"


In cooperation with Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle Warsaw, Diagonale´17, MEGAPHON and the Institute for Differential Psychology, University of Graz. Supported by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Dizziness - A Resource (FWF-Peek) and the David Herzog Fund of the Styrian Universities.  


Curated by: Ruth Anderwald, Katrin Bucher Trantow and Leonhard Grond


About the exhibition


The destabilised world seems to have become part of our normal existence. Every day reports of crisis send us into a state of frenzy, whether real or fictional. The feeling of menacing unease and fear of unpredictable change conjures up the image of a floundering society on a floundering planet. And yet, as the ‘Dizziness – A Resource’ project proposes, dizziness is also a trigger and catalyst for creative thinking and activity. By observing its dynamics, we gain an insight into our capacity to ‘navigate the unknown’.


Dizziness as the moment of losing stability and control is seen at the exhibition in both psychological and physical terms, occurring at personal and social but also political and cultural levels. It occurs locally, depends on the situation and is triggered by the challenges of an excess or deficit of information, or the loss of stabilising factors. It is pervasive, infectious, a trigger for acceleration or complete standstill. Artist duo Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond are researching the concept of dizziness at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in various disciplines: art, philosophy, creativity research, cultural sciences, medicine and psychology.


Tour through three zones


The exhibition Dizziness. Navigating the Unknown sets out three zones: one devoted to conscious or unconscious expansion of experience through dizziness (into); another dedicated to fragile, ecstatic meandering (through); and the third exploring the strength of imagination that allows the creative generation of a new idea (out).


With works by Bas Jan Ader, Marc Adrian, Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond, Ólafur Elíasson, Robert Filliou, Oliver Hangl, Cameron Jamie, Ann Veronica Janssens, Anna Jermolaewa, Joachim Koester, Michael Landy, Henri Michaux, Bruce Nauman, Laurel Nakadate, Trevor Paglen, Philippe Parreno, Helga Philipp, Oliver Ressler, Ariel Schlesinger and Jonathan Monk, Ben Russell, Viktor Landström and Sebastian Wahlforss, Esther Stocker, Superflex, Catherine Yass.


The source and accompanying book to the exhibition invites visitors to take part in different approaches and perspectives around the theme of dizziness. A reader comprising scientific texts is planned for 2018, in cooperation with Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.


The exhibition can also be seen from 15.09.2017 to 07.01.2018 at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw.


Further information about the research project ‘Dizziness – A Resource’ by Ruth Anderwald + Leonhard Grond can be found on the website