Harun Farocki Estate
- Toys Redux – On Play and Critique
- May 30, 2015 - August 16, 2015
- Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland
Works by Cory Arcangel and Harun Farocki will be on show as part of the show Toys Redux – On Play and Critique at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland. The exhibition brings together the works of artists who use formats and imagery from popular culture that are usually addressed to children or teenagers.
Such adoption of motifs disseminated in specific entertainment formats should not be seen merely as a reference to or appropriation of popular culture. It becomes an implicit or explicit critique of a kind of capitalist production of consumer worlds that targets specific audiences but has also infiltrated the field of art for quite some time. Such playful children’s or fantasy worlds, with their pop aesthetic and inherent promise of “innocence,” contrast with the reality of these neoliberal advertising and market strategies. Subjected to a contextual shift, the rhetoric of these formats develops a new vocabulary.
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- Cory Arcangel