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Marie Munk

A Nice Day for a Run

11 01 2019 — 10 02 2019

MÉLANGE is humbled to invite Marie Munk for her first solo show in Germany. Her exhibition titled ’A Nice Day for a Run’ invites the visitor and leave those dark days behind and take a stroll in the greenery. A sunny day in the park, while soft lullabies hum along would be perfect to escape the daily grind. But what Marie Munk has created, is a synthetic simulation that inevitably seeks to outpace the moment of possible leisure into a tool of self-discipline and drill.

Wallpaper of sunny skies and fake grass harbour a series of new animated sculptures by Munk. Her sculptural work is based around an ambiguous aesthetic resembling newly born creatures, looking and feeling like real organic material. Animated by massage engines – some of which are for actual usage – they perform rhythmic, if not joyful movements. At the same time a sport instructor soundtrack is pounding to an insisting beat and each sculptural creature desperately seems to keep up with the demands blowing out of the speakers. Toying with the human desire to live forever the sculptures represent our threatening human inability to keep up with the exponential development of technology.

Marc’o Connor examines in his book ‘To Be a Machine’ the movement ‘transhumanism’ whose idealists seek to transform humanity into machines in the belief of “survival of the fittest”. Machines are just stronger and more intelligent than us. As Rey Kurzweil describes, “We will no longer be helpless and primitive creatures, meat machines limited in our thoughts and actions by the flesh that is our current substrat … The Singularity will allow us to transcend these limits of our biological bodies and brains.”The body feels heavy and flabby in an ever more digitalized world. AI pioneer Marvin Minsky refers to people as like computers built from protein. He expresses our intelligence’s ability to function in an
alternative medium; “The brain happens to be a meat machine”. Our carnal substance is increasingly alienated and awkward for us.

’A Nice Day for a Run’ explores how technology is increasingly pushing humans to perform beyond our biologically prescribed abilities. Society is experiencing an increasing awareness of the maintenance of the biological machine in which our intelligent brain is encapsulated. Many seek escape from the carnal ballast and the ineffective bodily instincts by further letting their bodies connect with the wonders of technology. They use sensors and apps to keep track of the body’s mechanisms, responses, performance, and needs. When you go for a walk, it’s not to absorb the birds’ twig and the wind in the trees. We humans go out with running shoes to pulsate to high techno rhythms with fat burning in mind.
With a chip in the shoe, the heart rate monitor is tightened around the waist and the exercise app is carefully set, so you can push yourself the extra, strengthen the meat machine even more and perhaps fight the biological inadequacy. As Kurzweil writes, we will in the future, the so-called Singularity, finally become unfleshed. The mechanical cultivation of the body may be seen as a terrestrial and tangible extension that the trans-human desire to live forever. We desperately strive for Singularity’s promise that ”Our mortality will be in our own hands”.

One can experience the increasing functionalistic view of cognition and an instrumentalistic view of human life, where it is seen as human duty to make sure we as machines run as efficiently and for as long as possible.

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Lina Sommer

2 - 1 - 0

09 01 2020 — 23 02 2020
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Why does it feel so familiar looking at Lina Sommer’s work cycle? A canny familiarity. But why is it so difficult to pin point? Her work thrives from this strange in-between-moment of unutterable awareness of its language. The space filling sheets of paper are reworked with China ink and watercolor using various tools such as...

Tramaine de Senna

Snakes in Paradise

07 11 2019 — 05 01 2020
Tramaine de Senna: ​Snakes in Paradise, ​2019, Jesmonite 730 composite Sculpture, 19 x 67 x 21 cmTramaine de Senna: ​Snakes in Paradise, ​2019, Jesmonite 730 composite Sculpture, 19 x 67 x 21 cmTramaine de Senna: ​Snakes in Paradise, ​2019, Jesmonite 730 composite Sculpture, 19 x 67 x 21 cmTramaine de Senna: ​Snakes in Paradise, ​2019, Jesmonite 730 composite Sculpture, 19 x 67 x 21 cmTramaine de Senna, installation view, MÉLANGE 2019Tramaine de Senna, installation view, MÉLANGE 2019Tramaine de Senna, installation view, MÉLANGE 2019Tramaine de Senna:​ ​Mixed-Blood/Mischlinge Motif​, 2014, metallic satin matelassé (padded, stitched pattern); wood, paint, 155 x 102 x 3 cmTramaine de Senna:​ ​Mixed-Blood/Mischlinge Motif​, 2014, metallic satin matelassé (padded, stitched pattern); wood, paint, 155 x 102 x 3 cmTramaine de Senna:​ ​Mixed-Blood/Mischlinge Motif​, 2014, metallic satin matelassé (padded, stitched pattern); wood, paint, 155 x 102 x 3 cmTramaine de Senna, installation view, MÉLANGE 2019Tramaine de Senna:​ ​Monstera Pantera, ​2019, viscose, cotton, upholstery polyester, faux metallic reptile fabric, faux fur, polyester batting, 110 x 225 x 4 cmTramaine de Senna:​ ​Monstera Pantera, ​2019, viscose, cotton, upholstery polyester, faux metallic reptile fabric, faux fur, polyester batting, 110 x 225 x 4 cmTramaine de Senna:​ ​Monstera Pantera, ​2019, viscose, cotton, upholstery polyester, faux metallic reptile fabric, faux fur, polyester batting, 110 x 225 x 4 cm
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Here is fruit for the crows to pluck For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop Here is a strange and bitter crop Billie Holiday, Strange Fruits 1939   Culture often manifests itself through strong images; images that attract and batter us. Billie...

Cezary Poniatowski & Sami Schlichting

Hereafter

06 09 2019 — 13 10 2019
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We apologies for the possible inconvenience of having dirty shoes after leaving the space. It´s the artists work, appreciate it; please. It nicely smells of rabbit cage and feels strangely cluttered, so we are happy. In the following, a loose string of allusions: A description, which is somewhat unrelated to the show: The French journalist...

Edition

BOX FOUR

Aline Bouvy, The Narrator, 2019, inkjet print on archival glossy paper 115g, epoxy clay wall pins 84,1 x 59,4 cm folded to 29,7 x 21 cm, signed and numbered on the versoAline Bouvy, The Narrator, 2019, inkjet print on archival glossy paper 115g, epoxy clay wall pins 84,1 x 59,4 cm folded to 29,7 x 21 cm, signed and numbered on the versoClaude Eigen, Canine, 2019, acrylic resin, paint, varnish 6,5 x 12,5 x 6,5 cm, signed and numbered one of two different examplesClaude Eigen, Canine, 2019, acrylic resin, paint, varnish 6,5 x 12,5 x 6,5 cm, signed and numbered one of two different examplesBertrand Flanet, Special Individual, 2019, 3D print with luorescent filament ca. 14 x 9 x 5 cm (assembled) [Pre-production rendering of final sculpture]Stefan Fuchs, Ohne Titel, 2019, acrylic polymer on MDF, 22 x 14 x 2,5 cm, signed, dated and numbered on the versoStefan Fuchs, Ohne Titel, 2019, acrylic polymer on MDF, 22 x 14 x 2,5 cm, signed, dated and numbered on the versoStefan Fuchs, Ohne Titel, 2019, acrylic polymer on MDF, 22 x 14 x 2,5 cm, signed, dated and numbered on the versoOlga Holzschuh, It ́s your destiny - I ́m sorry, 2019, „Cool Down Pink 1“ wall paint, pencil on water colour paper 29,7 x 21 cm, signed, dated and titled on the verso, Unique piecesMaren Karlson, Ohne Titel, 2019, C-print on silk 27,9 x 21 cm [Motiv A]Maren Karlson, Ohne Titel, 2019, C-print on silk 27,9 x 21 cm [Motiv B]Marie Munk, Untitled, 2019, silicon, plastic hair, grass carpet, 20 x 14 x 2 cm, signed and dated on the verso, unique piecesMarie Munk, Untitled, 2019, silicon, plastic hair, grass carpet, 20 x 14 x 2 cm, signed and dated on the verso, unique piecesPatrick Fabian Panetta, EDITITION TWO / MELANGE BOX FOUR, 2019, C-print on paper, signed and numbered on the accompanying certificate, unique exampleNicolas Pelzer, Socke, 2019, aluminium etching, 27 x 19 cm, signed, dated, titled and numbered on the versoTim Plamper, Hardcore Anima - 00001 to 00026, 2019, pencil on paper, 29,7 x 21 cm, signed, dated. Numbered on the verso Unique exampleViola Relle & Raphael Weilguni, Europaschläger, 2019, glazed ceramic, ca. 20 x 14 cm, numbered on the verso, unique piecesViola Relle & Raphael Weilguni, Europaschläger, 2019, glazed ceramic, ca. 20 x 14 cm, numbered on the verso, unique piecesMarkus Saile, Ohne Titel, 2019, oil on photograph, various dimensions, igned and dated on the verso, unique piecesGwenn Thomas, Antonioni's Window, 2019, MDF, color filter, 17,5 x 15,5 x 1,5 cm, signed, dated and numbered on the verso
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MÉLANGE is very grateful for all the artists we had the chance to work with in the past year and very thankful of those that participate in BOX FOUR!!! with works by Aline BOUVY, Claude EIGAN, Bertrand FLANET, Stefan FUCHS, Olga HOLZSCHUH, Maren KARLSON, Marie MUNK, Patrick Fabian PANETTA, Nicolas PELZER, Tim PLAMPER, Viola RELLE...

Ballon Rouge Collective

Philip Janssens - he who talks about the future is a funny guy

16 05 2019 — 16 06 2019
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Philip Janssens’ ‘he who talks about the future is a funny guy’ is an exhibition about sensorial tom-foolery,false promises, and indomitable b​ad faith.​ Philip’s playful use of materials is intended to make us question the very thing in front of us. The space smells of a brand new car, tennis balls litter the floor and...

House of Nature

as part of 'Sie machen was sie wollen'

26 04 2019 — 09 06 2019
Eva L´Hoest, Under Automata, 2016, Single-channel Video, Full HD, 5'30House of Nature, installation view, Varna City Art Gallery, Bulgaria 2019Lilah Fowler, a. 4075. 2018. Wool, cotton. b. ASTER relief, North Rhine Westphalia coal mines, polystyrene, aluminium. c. 33.977, -116.678, 921m, 2016. Silk scarf. d. Blue Grama, Quemado, New Mexico. e. Glass electrodes, Missouri. f. Module 4. 2019. Neon lamp, braided cable, rubber, glass. g. Charcoal, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. ‘Charcoal Measure’ by Onya McCausland; oak from decommissioned ‘Place’ by Magdalena Jetelova.Lilah Fowler, a. 4075. 2018. Wool, cotton. b. ASTER relief, North Rhine Westphalia coal mines, polystyrene, aluminium. c. 33.977, -116.678, 921m, 2016. Silk scarf. d. Blue Grama, Quemado, New Mexico. e. Glass electrodes, Missouri. f. Module 4. 2019. Neon lamp, braided cable, rubber, glass. g. Charcoal, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. ‘Charcoal Measure’ by Onya McCausland; oak from decommissioned ‘Place’ by Magdalena Jetelova.Lilah Fowler, a. 4075. 2018. Wool, cotton. b. ASTER relief, North Rhine Westphalia coal mines, polystyrene, aluminium. c. 33.977, -116.678, 921m, 2016. Silk scarf. d. Blue Grama, Quemado, New Mexico. e. Glass electrodes, Missouri. f. Module 4. 2019. Neon lamp, braided cable, rubber, glass. g. Charcoal, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. ‘Charcoal Measure’ by Onya McCausland; oak from decommissioned ‘Place’ by Magdalena Jetelova.
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House of Nature Lilah Fowler & Eva L’Hoest as part of ‘Sie machen was sie wollen’, Varna City Art Gallery, Bulgaria SIE MACHENWAS SIE WOLLEN is a groupshow organized by the artists Ruslan Daskalov and Lukas Schmenger. They invited four teams of curators to built a physical or imaginated house in the gallery space with...

MÉLANGE & Moritz Scheper present

All This, Sweetie, Will One Day Be Yours

06 04 2019 — 05 05 2019
All This, Sweetie, Will One Day Be Yours, installation view, Mélange 2019Elisabeth Greinecker, Ohne Titel, 2018, aluminum, shrinking tube, chain, 30 x 9 x 5 cmElisabeth Greinecker, Ohne Titel, 2018, aluminum, shrinking tube, chain, 30 x 9 x 5 cmAll This, Sweetie, Will One Day Be Yours, installation view, Mélange 2019Jasmin Werner, Ambivalent Escalator (Sanssouci), 2018, angled conveyor belt, steel, stained wood, 190 x 125 x 148 cmJasmin Werner, Ambivalent Escalator (Sanssouci), 2018, angled conveyor belt, steel, stained wood, 190 x 125 x 148 cmJasmin Werner, Ambivalent Escalator (Sanssouci), 2018, angled conveyor belt, steel, stained wood, 190 x 125 x 148 cmAll This, Sweetie, Will One Day Be Yours, installation view, Mélange 2019Simon Mielke, Untitled, 2018-2019, oil, acrylic or egg tempera on canvas, various dimensionsSimon Mielke, Untitled, 2018-2019, oil, acrylic or egg tempera on canvas, various dimensionsSimon Mielke, Untitled, 2018-2019, oil, acrylic or egg tempera on canvas, various dimensionsSimon Mielke, Untitled, 2018-2019, oil, acrylic or egg tempera on canvas, various dimensionsSimon Mielke, Untitled, 2018-2019, oil, acrylic or egg tempera on canvas, various dimensionsFrieder Haller & Phung-tien Phan, Pain/da Luigi, 2018, metal, paint, light bulbs, plastic, dimensions variableFrieder Haller & Phung-tien Phan, Pain/da Luigi, 2018, metal, paint, light bulbs, plastic, dimensions variableFrieder Haller & Phung-tien Phan, Pain/da Luigi, 2018, metal, paint, light bulbs, plastic, dimensions variableFrieder Haller & Phung-tien Phan, Pain/da Luigi, 2018, metal, paint, light bulbs, plastic, dimensions variableFrieder Haller & Phung-tien Phan, Pain/da Luigi, 2018, metal, paint, light bulbs, plastic, dimensions variableSamanta Bohatsch, Scorpio Season, 2019, audio, 17’40”Svea Mausolf, Die Tochter vom Sheriff, 2019, color pencil, acrylic on canvas, 53,5 x 47 cmSvea Mausolf, Die Tochter vom Sheriff, 2019, color pencil, acrylic on canvas, 53,5 x 47 cmSimon Mielke, Untitled, 2018-2019, oil, acrylic or egg tempera on canvas, various dimensionsJacky Connolly, Anhedonia, 2017, Video, color, sound, 18’00”, a Data Editions commissionJacky Connolly, Anhedonia, 2017, Video, color, sound, 18’00”, a Data Editions commissionJacky Connolly, Anhedonia, 2017, Video, color, sound, 18’00”, a Data Editions commissionEva Vuillemin, Sind es deine Hände oder meine Hände, ich weiss es nicht mehr, 2016, video, color, sound, 3’25”Eva Vuillemin, Sind es deine Hände oder meine Hände, ich weiss es nicht mehr, 2016, video, color, sound, 3’25”Eva Vuillemin, Sind es deine Hände oder meine Hände, ich weiss es nicht mehr, 2016, video, color, sound, 3’25”Elisabeth Greinecker, Ohne Titel, 2019, aluminium, shrinking tube, chain, wire 160 x 10 x 9 cmElisabeth Greinecker, Ohne Titel, 2019, aluminium, shrinking tube, chain, wire 160 x 10 x 9 cmElisabeth Greinecker, Ohne Titel, 2019, aluminium, shrinking tube, chain, wire 160 x 10 x 9 cmElisabeth Greinecker, Ohne Titel, 2018, aluminum, shrinking tube, epoxy, 30 x 14 x 7 cm, Ohne Titel, 2018, aluminum, shrinking tube, 30 x 11 x 3 cm
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Mélange and Moritz Scheper are thrilled to invite you to their collaborative exhibition project ‘All This, Sweetie, Will One Day Be Yours’ Werthalle (Moselstr. 68, Cologne). With works by: Jacky Connolly Samantha Bohatsch Elisabeth Greinecker Frieder Haller & Phung-tien Phan Svea Mausolf Simon Mielke Eva Vuillemin Jasmin Werner All This, Sweetie, Will One Day Be...

Unttld Contemporary

Exit II (Prolog)

08 04 2019 — 12 04 2019
Tim Plamper, installation view, Unttld Contemporary, MÉLANGE 2019Tim Plamper & Alwin Lay, installation view, Unttld Contemporary, MÉLANGE 201917_Alwin Lay_Untitled at King Georg I, 2019, C-print17_Alwin Lay_Untitled at King Georg I, 2019, C-printTim Plamper, installation view, Unttld Contemporary, MÉLANGE 2019Tim Plamper, installation view, Unttld Contemporary, MÉLANGE 2019Tim Plamper, installation view, Unttld Contemporary, MÉLANGE 2019Tim Plamper, installation view, Unttld Contemporary, MÉLANGE 2019Tim Plamper, installation view, Unttld Contemporary, MÉLANGE 2019Tim Plamper, installation view, Unttld Contemporary, MÉLANGE 2019Tim Plamper, installation view, Unttld Contemporary, MÉLANGE 2019Tim Plamper, installation view, Unttld Contemporary, MÉLANGE 2019Tim Plamper, installation view, Unttld Contemporary, MÉLANGE 2019Tim Plamper, installation view, Unttld Contemporary, MÉLANGE 2019Tim Plamper, installation view, Unttld Contemporary, MÉLANGE 2019Tim Plamper, installation view, Unttld Contemporary, MÉLANGE 2019Tim Plamper, installation view, Unttld Contemporary, MÉLANGE 2019Tim Plamper, installation view, Unttld Contemporary, MÉLANGE 2019
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Beyond my simple body, lies a future by Lara Konrad Eventually I decide to sit down at the edge of my hotel bed and begin to finger myself, assuming it will make me feel like I can belong to the external world I have been part of these past days, ever since having arrived to...

Claude Eigan & Maren Karlson

Hear The Lizards Listening

14 02 2019 — 30 03 2019
Claude Eigan & Maren Karlson: Owls, 2019, clay, acrylic paint, varnish, wire, steel, dimensions variable, MÉLANGE 2019Claude Eigan & Maren Karlson: Owls, 2019, clay, acrylic paint, varnish, wire, steel, dimensions variable, MÉLANGE 2019Claude Eigan & Maren Karlson: Owls, 2019, clay, acrylic paint, varnish, wire, steel, dimensions variable, MÉLANGE 2019Claude Eigan & Maren Karlson: Owls, 2019, clay, acrylic paint, varnish, wire, steel, dimensions variable, MÉLANGE 2019Claude Eigan & Maren Karlson, Installation view, MÉLANGE 2019Claude Eigan & Maren Karlson, Installation view, MÉLANGE 2019Claude Eigan & Maren Karlson, Installation view, MÉLANGE 2019Maren Karlson: She Rose, 2019, charcoal on wall, dimensions variable, MÉLANGE 2019Maren Karlson: Suddenly the path seems easier, and wider, and you realize you're at the center and there's nothing there but yourself, 2019, oil on wood panel, 24 x 18 cm, MÉLANGE 2019Claude Eigan: Inner Saboteur, 2019, wood, styrofoam, resin, plaster, spray paint, lacquer, 170 x 80 x 45 cm, MÉLANGE 2019Maren Karlson: Engel der Nacht, 2019, oil on wood panel, 18 x 24 cm, MÉLANGE 2019Maren Karlson: Let‘s see if I can be born again, 2018, pencil on canvas, 49 x 37,5 cm, MÉLANGE 2019Maren Karlson: Let‘s see if I can be born again, 2018, pencil on canvas, 49 x 37,5 cm, MÉLANGE 2019
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curated by Sarah Johanna Theurer The lizard basking in the sun is a well-known protagonist of philosophical thinking. What’s the relationship between the motionless lizard and the stone, the motionless stone on the ground and the human approaching it’s own reflection in the reptile’s eye? The animal’s suspended state of awareness, mind and body absorbed...

Marie Munk

A Nice Day for a Run

11 01 2019 — 10 02 2019

MÉLANGE is humbled to invite Marie Munk for her first solo show in Germany. Her exhibition titled ’A Nice Day for a Run’ invites the visitor and leave those dark days behind and take a stroll in the greenery. A sunny day in the park, while soft lullabies hum along would be perfect to escape...