Dates: 23 November 2016 – 15 January 2017
Location: Beirut Art Center

Exposure 8: metabolisms

Monica Basbous Moukarzel • Mohamed Berro • Núria Güell & Levi Orta •Mohanakrishnan Haridasan (Mochu) • Bahar Noorizadeh • Anna Ogden-Smith • Rivers Plasketes

metabolism: the life-sustaining chemical processes that occur within a living organism. the essential exchange of materials and energy between organisms and the exterior world.

The new edition of Exposure, entitled metabolisms, transposes a notion attributed to the body and its survival into the realm of art. metabolism is recognized as the name for a Japanese urban and architectural movement from the 1950s, but it is taken here in its organic meaning, to qualify the artistic practice conceived as an action that triggers identified elements (material, gestures, thought) to evolve through a chain of modifications.

To think of art as metabolization is to think of one’s practice as a series of voluntary transformations that produces unpredictable results. one can also metabolize experience, facts, current issues, or larger questions by creating conditions from which new aspects surface. it is therefore largely about form, which is understood here as a relation between visibility and the gesture that allows it or between subject matter and the changes it undergoes within the modalities of its formulation. to produce form is to produce a living organism; it acts on objects, materials, and events by integrating the unforeseen and therefore engages processes which art shares with science: experimentation, discovery and invention.

Metabolisms is an exhibition where the body is evoked as an actor and model of the living – through perception, mobilization of energy; processes of nourishment; athletic, ascetic and choreographic exertions…

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