I (Ich) / Performative Ontology, Exhibition view, Secession 2006, Photo: Alexander Koller

I (Ich) / Performative Ontology

Bas Jan Ader, Fikret Atay, Johanna Billing, Pavel Braila, Lolou Chérinet, Martin Creed, Alan Currall, Omer Fast, Stano Filko, Lise Harlev, Saskia Holmkvist, Jiří Kovanda, Ján Mančuška, Fiorenza Menini, Yan Pei-Ming, Ivan Moudov, Roman Ondák, Boris Ondreička, Jiří Skála, Barbara Visser, Silvie Vondřejcová, Lawrence Weiner, Ella Ziegler

Curated by Vít Havránek

September 22 – November 12, 2006

I (Ich) / Performative Ontology is the third part or “act” in a series of exhibitions taking place in Bratislava (I – Narrow Focus, tranzit), Prague (I – Já, Futura Gallery) and Vienna, with a somewhat different constellation of artists in each, while its core, or perhaps the thematic sphere it contains, remains the same.

In philosophy, ontology is defined in connection with the idea of conceptualization: “A conceptualization is an abstract, simplified view of the world that we wish to represent for some purpose.” (T.R. Gruber, A Translation Approach to Portable Ontology Specifications, 1993)