The exhibition Doublethink: Double Vision’s title alludes to George Orwell’s seminal work 1984 and offered a reading of alternative thinking methods. The word “Doublethink” was invented to demonstrate how the State was taking over the individual’s mind. Doublethink is the ability to hold two contradictory ideas in your mind at the same time and believe in both of them. Artists from around the world are showing how to develop not just doublethink, but polythink, thinking along multiple parallel or tangential lines at the same time.
The exhibition catalogue reflects the changing ways of thinking and communication in arts with the curator Alistair Hicks’ texts and his selection of artworks at the exhibition.
Studying the friction between the visual and the verbal and aiming to point at the radical transformation experienced in ways of thinking under doublethink, the exhibition catalogue presents the works of these artists: Yuri Albert, Nikita Alexeev, Kader Attia, Sarnath Banerjee, Erik Bulatov, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Olga Chernysheva, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Marilá Dardot, Marcel Dzama, Tracey Emin, Merike Estna, Claire Fontaine, Sandra Gamarra, Duan Jianyu, Ali Kazma, William Kentridge, Waqas Khan, Anselm Kiefer, Galim Madanov & Zauresh Terekbay, Marko Mäetamm, Mónica de Miranda, Ciprian Mureşan, Arkadiy Nasonov, Bruce Nauman, Pavel Pepperstein, Raymond Pettibon, RAQS Media Collective, Thomas Ruff, Nedko Solakov, Erdem Taşdelen, Gavin Turk, Keith Tyson, and Yangjiang Group.
Year of Publication: 2017
Number of Pages: 111
Thinking has changed radically, but many people don't appear to have noticed. Our institutions have been stuck on linear Neo-Platonic tracks for 24 centuries. These antiquated processes of deduction have lost their authority. Just like art it has fallen off its pedestal. Legal, educational and constitutional systems rigidly subscribe to these; they are 100% text based.
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