Pic.: Andreas Leikauf
From the series
"My First Million"

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Kurt&Plasto (BiH), Andreas Leikauf (A), David Moises (A), Monochrom (A), Ivan Moudov (BG), Nebojša Šeric Šoba (USA/BiH), The Blue Noses Group (RUS)
Opening performance: Cooks of Grind (A)

EXIT Gallery
B. Vukmirovic n:27
Peje, Kosovo

Opening: Saturday, July 23, 2005, 8 pm
Exhibition: 24.7. - 13.8.2005

Hot testing. To put something on the test bench. And an exhibition in Kosova can be regarded as such an event.
Shift of context. What is the meaning of a work of art that works “properly” in an Austrian environment if it is transferred to the setting of Kosova?
Matters of conscience. Can you show this and that work at all in Peje, a city that was haunted by death and destruction only a couple of years ago?
Visions. What kind of message does an exhibition want to bring along to this city?

So, first of all, Hot Testing stands for the general questions addressed to the curators who face up to this task. In addition to this, the title refers to the works chosen, which, in their turn, test the perceptual habits of either the people involved in the work of art or the audience.

David Moises from Vienna has constructed a “flying carpet” with the help of a leaf blower. Actually the audience can set the carpet in motion. They will not be able to really take off, but the dream image of a flying carpet finally takes on a physical form.
Nebojša Šeric Šoba, a Bosnian, who currently lives in New York, has seen his dream of N.Y.C. crumble to dust. The video work gives a melancholic account of the artist’s approach to and struggle with the world’s capital of art.
The Austrian group monochrom asked 25 people to remember the logos from famous companies and draw them from memory. It is hard to believe, what a deep impression some logos have left on people’s minds. This “test” illustrates this phenomenon very well.
Two artists who also work with collective memory are Kurt&Plasto. They send us “Greetings for Europe”, a collection of posters, which feature twelve different events or important characters taken from European history. Just to mention one of the motives: As one should know, the term „EUSCHWITZ“ was also an issue during the war in former Yugoslavia.
The Blue Noses Group is an artist collective from the Siberian metropolis Novosibirsk The group has developed a formal terminology which is characterized by a very unique sense of humour and irony. This allows them to treat issues in a very straight-forward way: „25 short performances about globalization“.
Andreas Leikauf shows bank notes covered up with paint, from his series „My First Million”. It is a subtle but vigorous attack on the monetary and capitalist system.
A subversive act of a different kind was initiated by the Bulgarian artist Ivan Moudov: With seven vehicles he blocked a roundabout in the city of Weimar. The actions and reactions to the resulting traffic jam were then recorded on video.

Besides putting things to the test, all the art works in this show have another thing in common: A certain sense of humour. Although this humour is always delivered in a different way – depending of course on the artist’s characters – this exhibition certainly encourages the audience to face reality with a pinch of salt.

The artist collective Cooks of Grind from Graz offers a similar approach: On occasion of the opening in Pejë on July 23 they will explore the boundaries between experimental cooking and art. They invite us to join their "Hot Tasting".