Why of Life

Apr 09 - May 17 2008

Gregory and Cyril Chapuisat, Carsten Höller, Sean Landers, Kelly Nipper, Lisa Oppenheim, Roman Signer // Curated by Gianni Jetzer

Despite today’s enormous amount of information, the reason for our existence remains enigmatic. The amount of dark secrets is bone crushing compared to what we know as sure as fate. The group-show “The Why of Life” brings together works from international artists concerned with spirits of life and their extinction.

The exhibition recalls the leitmotif of Materialism and Causality, and how these principles relate to one another. The “billiard ball” hypothesis, a product of Newtonian physics, argues that once the initial conditions of the universe have been established the rest of history follows inevitably. Most artworks in the show reflect universal questions in a micro-scale. They circle around the bigness of small things and stress the nothingness of human existence.

For further information or image material please contact Gianni Jetzer, jet@swissinstitute.net

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Sean Landers, Huffer Blue and Gold Metallic, 2007
Gregory and Cyril Chapuisat, Untitled Yet, 2008
Kelly Nipper, Circle, Circle, 2007, installation view
Lisa Oppenheim, 18 of 100 Photographs That Changed The World, 2007
Carsten Höller, Suicide Gerbera Daisy Plant, 2008, installation view
Gregory and Cyril Chapuisat, Untitled Yet, 2008, Roman Signer, Candle 1985, installation view
Roman Signer, Candle, 1985, Courtesy Christian Friedrich Collection
Roman Signer, Candle, 1985, Sean Landers, Fiat Lux, 2008 and Huffer Paintings, installation view