System of a Down at Ellis King

Lutz Bacher Bear 2 (detail), 2012

Artists: Vito Acconci, Yuji Agematsu, Lutz Bacher, Nanni Balestrini, Jordan Belson, Jason Benson, Nicolas Ceccaldi, Olga Chernysheva, Cindie Cheung, Francisco Cordero-Oceguera, Dunne and Raby, Horacio Garcia-Rossi, Yngve Holen, Alain Jacquet, Jean-Paul Jungmann, Morag Keil, Quasar Khanh, Sam Lipp, Emanuele Marcuccio, Erin Jane Nelson, Puppies Puppies, Aldo Rossi, Lisa Ruyter, Hayley Silverman, Michael E. Smith, Zhou Tao, Zoe Zenghelis

Exhibition title: System of a Down

Organised by: Francisco Cordero-Oceguera, Michele D’Aurizio, Emanuele Marcuccio, Pierre-Alexandre Mateos and Charles Teyssou

Venue: Ellis King, Dublin, Ireland

Date: September 12 – October 17, 2015

Photography: images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Ellis King, Dublin

The exhibition System of a Down gathers together 47 artworks, by 27 artists, from different nationalities, generations and cultural backgrounds. It was mounted between the 7th and the 11th of September 2015.

The first intervention in the space involved tracing a grid which contrasts with the gallery’s architecture. The grid imagines a modernist development of Dublin based on the module of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The intersection of the grid with the gallery’s floor plan produced areas that the exhibition organizers named ‘rooms’.

At a later stage, a number of display devices were brought into the space: spotlights, scaffolding, a projection screen, monitors and projectors. The installation proceeded through conversations between the organizers in the attempt to envision meaningful clusters of artworks in each room.

Parameters such as the medium of the works, their aesthetic concerns and the socio-cultural message they convey led the decision-making process, along with the inevitable aesthetic sensibilities of each of the organisers. In this way, System of a Down presents itself as a site for compromise rather than agreement, contingency rather than speculation, disorder rather than order, subjugating the exhibition making process to the entropic forces that rule our world.

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Alain Jacquet - Death of a salesman (Mort d’un commis-voyager), 1998

Alain Jacquet, Death of a salesman (Mort d’un commis-voyager), 1998

Aldo Rossi - Teatro del Mundo, 1979

Aldo Rossi, Teatro del Mundo, 1979

Cindie Cheung - Wireless Drawing, 2015

Cindie Cheung, Wireless Drawing, 2015

Dunne & Raby - The Faraday Chair, 2015

Dunne & Raby, The Faraday Chair, 2015

Emanuele Marcuccio - EM I, 2015

Emanuele Marcuccio, EM, 2015

Emanuele Marcuccio - EM II, 2015

Emanuele Marcuccio, EM, 2015

Emanuele Marcuccio - EM III, 2015

Emanuele Marcuccio, EM, 2015

Emanuele Marcuccio - EM IV, 2015

Emanuele Marcuccio, EM, 2015

Hayley Silverman - Fortitude (cold_wet), 2015

Hayley Silverman, Fortitude (cold/wet), 2015

Hayley Silverman - Hospitality, 2015

Hayley Silverman, Hospitality, 2015

Hayley Silverman - Tolerance, 2015

Hayley Silverman, Tolerance, 2015

Hayley Silverman - Respect, 2015

Hayley Silverman, Respect, 2015

Hayley Silverman - Modesty, 2015

Hayley Silverman, Modesty, 2015

Hayley Silverman - Understanding, 2014

Hayley Silverman, Understanding, 2014

Jason Benson and Erin Jane Nelson - Bpuschy1, 2015

Erin Jane Nelson and Jason Benson, Bpuschy1, 2015

Jason Benson and Erin Jane Nelson - Bpuschy2, 2015

Erin Jane Nelson and Jason Benson, Bpuschy2, 2015

Jean-Paul Jungmann - Aeroland, 1968

Jean-Paul Jungmann, Aeroland, 1968

Lisa Ruyter - Russell Lee  Lotfull of scrap iron, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2015

Lisa Ruyter, Russell lee: Lotfull of scrap iron, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2015

Lutz Bacher Bear 2 (detail), 2012

Lutz Bacher, Bear 2, 2012

Michael E Smith - Untitled (Sweatpants), 2014

Michael E Smith, Untitled, 2014

Michael E Smith - Untitled (Helmet shell), 2014

Michael E Smith, Untitled, 2014

Michael E Smith - Untitled (detail), 2014

Michael E Smith, Untitled, 2014

Morag Keil - Bags, 2011

Morag Keil, Bags, 2011

Morag Keil and Nicolas Ceccaldi - Garbage World, 2010

Morag Keil and Nicolas Ceccaldi, Garbage World, 2010

Morag Keil and Nicolas Ceccaldi - Garbage World (detail I), 2010

Morag Keil and Nicolas Ceccaldi, Garbage World, 2010 (detail)

Morag Keil and Nicolas Ceccaldi - Garbage World (detail II), 2010

Morag Keil and Nicolas Ceccaldi, Garbage World, 2010 (detail)

Morag Keil and Nicolas Ceccaldi - Garbage World (detail III), 2010

Morag Keil and Nicolas Ceccaldi, Garbage World, 2010 (detail)

Nanni Balestrini - Tistanoil, 2011

Nanni Balestrini, Tistanoil, 2011 (still from video)

Olga Chernysheva - High Road No. 8. (4), 2007

Olga Chernysheva, High Road No. 8. (4), 2007

Puppies Puppies - The Vagrant (bootleg of Darren Bader), 2015

Puppies Puppies, The Vagrant (bootleg of Darren Bader), 2015 (still from video)

Quasar Khanh - Aerospace Catalogue I, 1968

Quasar Khanh, Aerospace Catalogue, 1968

Quasar Khanh - Aerospace Catalogue IV, 1968

Quasar Khanh, Aerospace Catalogue, 1968

Quasar Khanh - Aerospace Catalogue III, 1968

Quasar Khanh, Aerospace Catalogue, 1968

Quasar Khanh - Aerospace Catalogue II, 1968

Quasar Khanh, Aerospace Catalogue, 1968

Quasar Khanh  - Ceiling Light, 1968

Quasar Khanh, Ceiling Light, 1968

Quasar Khanh - Long Chair I, 1968. Quasar Khanh - Long Chair II, 1968. Quasar Khanh - Pouf, 1968

Quasar Khanh, Long Chairs and pouf, 1968

Sam Lipp - Looking, 2015

Sam Lipp, Looking, 2015

Sam Lipp  - Knowing, 2012

Sam Lipp, Knowing, 2012

Vito Acconci - Collision House, 1981

Vito Acconci, Collision House, 1981

Vito Acconci - Birth of a Car _ Birth of the Boat, 1988

Vito Acconci, Birth of a Car / Birth of the Boat, 1988

Vito Acconc - Peeling House, 1981

Vito Acconci, Peeling House, 1981

Yngve Holen - Parasagittal Brain, 2014

Yngve Holen, Parasagittal Brain, 2014

Yuji Agematsu - Table Work, 2011-2014

Yuji Agematsu, Table Work, 2011-2014

Yuji Agematsu - Table Work(detail), 2011-2014

Yuji Agematsu, Table Work, 2011-2014 (detail)

Horacio Garcia-Rossi - Couleur-Lumiere, 1998

Horacio Garcia-Rossi, Couleur Lumiere, 1998

Zhou Tao  - Blue and Red, 2014

Zhou Tao, Blue and Red, 2014 (still from video)

Zoe Zenghelis - Park Andre Ciroen, 1985 (1)

Zoe Zenghelis, Park Citroen Cevennes, 1985

Zoe Zenghelis - Park de la Vilette, 1982

Zoe Zenghelis, Park de la Vilette, 1982

Francisco Cordero-Oceguera - No other world (The Opening), 2015

Francisco Cordero-Oceguera, No other world (The Opening), 2015

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