KEX – Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna: PIPE DREAM


The exhibition Pipe Dream examines the ambiguous role of political potential in art practices.


Rather than posing a question about socially engaged art practices, this exhibition unfolds modes of thinking differently about the political – ideas that investigate meaning and negotiate the political through modest gestures, intimate refusals, and fictional stories.

These intangible loopholes map out a new territory between existing paradigms, where a “new language” of resistance can come into being.

However, these ephemeral strategies – only recognisable to the curious observer – risk that the actual political potential goes unseen or is perceived as an empty signifier. Is it perhaps meant to stay a pipe dream or is there hope for this make-believe scenery to come true? But for the protagonist of this seemingly fictional construct it is quite real. Precisely these shady outlines of a different world, a different way of seeing things, might shift into yet unimagined directions – and art can facilitate such cutting-edge designs.


KEX – Kunsthalle Exnergasse
Opening: 28. January 2015, 7:00 pm
Exhibition: 29. January – 14. March 2015