Exhibition / Screening
Saturday, May 1st 2021, 14:00 –19:00pm

The Film will be screened in a loop. (09:18min)
Please refer to the current Covid19 Regulations!

“pepsi, cola, water?” (2015, 09:18)  is a short experimental documentary about Sun Ra’s legendary visit to Egypt in 1971.
Jazz pioneer and philosopher Sun Ra had a deep fascination with outer space and ancient Egypt. Computer animation, archival footage and music from Sun Ra are interwoven to create a recreation/celebration of his legendary visit to Egypt. The result is a film as far out as Sun Ra himself.

You can meet Tom Bogeart at AFO, where he currently has a residency. Also, there is an opportunity to see another Sun Ra related work of his this fall, as he is one of our Open Call residency artists!

Tom Bogaert worked as a refugee lawyer for the UN and Amnesty International until the age of 38. He had his first solo exhibition in NYC in 2008 with the legendary ‘Jack the Pelican Presents’ gallery and moved to Amman, Jordan soon thereafter. Bogaert has widely exhibited in Europe, the US and in the MENA region—mainly in artist-run and non-profit venues. He was awarded first prize at the Videoex film festival in Zurich, Switzerland for his experimental documentary “pepsi, cola, water?” about the legendary jazz pioneer Sun Ra and his infamous 1971 visit to Egypt.

Airbag/14Holes is a hybrid sound sculpture somewhere between a bagpipe, an organ, and a children’s toy. To create sound, it uses abandoned recorder flutes that, following forced musical exploration during adolescence, were never played again.

Through a collecting campaign, a nomadic group of recorders are conscripted into the Linz Recorder Flute Asylum. Airbag/14Holes will provide air to this group of flutes. A heavy, continuous interaction between the flutes produces the emergent sound, like a dysfunctional organ finally finding its voice after a long period of silence.

In his residency at bb15, Lukas De Clerck will use Airbag/14Holes as his instrument by manipulating the air flows, to be performed during the closing exhibition. 

We could use that lonely recorder (Blockflöte) that you have at home. Send us an email! office@bb15.at

The project is part of the Oscillations: Exercises in Resilience project.
Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Annabel Lange, Untitled, 2020 (2009)

In rhetoric, the word tautology describes a statement in which a concept or idea is repeated, either word for word or with rephrasing, in order to give emphasis, or to reinforce a point in a self-referential manner. Even if no content is added to the statement’s literal meaning, this repetition adds a layer of symbolic value and is capable of increasing the tension between reality and its reproduction.

This exhibition aims to find echoes of tautologies within representational artistic practices. Is there not something tautological in any attempt to represent reality?

In ‘On Exactitude in Science’ Borges’ map demonstrates how 1:1 representations of territories are short-lived or at least inherently displaced from the reality they are created to represent. This displacement—the unavoidable distance from the perfect doubling, gives rise to unexpected “glitches” or flaws in meaning, which can materialise between the concrete and the abstract and ultimately influence the reality they are depicting. In this context, redundancies become desirable and produce effects: they add layers of symbolic value and increase the tension between reality and its reproduction.

The artists taking part in this exhibition adopt tautological gestures and self-referencing strategies in their own works that address the media they use, their artistic practices or reality at large. Through these attempts to overlay a representation of reality on the top of reality itself, they create spaces for rediscussing social and cultural conventions, rematerializing the virtuality of the real and deconstructing linguistic structures that might otherwise be taken for granted.

Curated by Davide Bevilacqua and Marie-Andrée Pellerin, bb15 Team

Tautologies. Or The Fallacies of Misplaced Concreteness, Exhibition views, Photo courtesy: bb15 / Laurien Bachmann

Cover Image: Annabel Lange, Untitled, 2020 (2009)

Participating artists
Pablo Chiereghin: pablochiereghin.com
Nieves de la Fuente: nievesdelafuente.es
Boris Kurdi: instagram.com/boriskurdi
Annabel Lange: annabellange.de
Martina Menegon: martinamenegon.com
Stöger/Tschinder: ekw1490.mur.at