Public Poster Program II

Pppakramzaatari

Event

M HKA, Antwerp

01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Public Poster Program

Over the course of 12 months works by various international and locale artists is shown in a display case in Ostend and Antwerp. The industrially screenprinted posters are presented in metal office cases, which have been installed in publically accessible spaces. Both Mu.ZEE and M HKA take part in this progamme. Once the year is over, the exhibition can be repeated endlessly at new locations. This is the second year M HKA participates in the programma. You can find the first edition here.

This exhibition programme was developed by MOREpublishers. They create editions, exhibition, presentations and interventions and invite artists to work within the existing format. The work The Best Couples in the World (Like Salt and Pepper) from Nel Aerts in the M HKAFE, was also published by the MOREpublishers.

1. Johannes Wohnseifer, Fractured Spectrum, 2017

2. Jimmie Durham, The World, 2017

3. Ryan Gander, *(Ee Ouw Arh ...), 2017

*(Ee Ouw Arh ...) 50,000 year-old noises that constitute the basis for the sound of our vowels and in turn the beginning of language, typeset in a typeface newly-invented by the artist called Set in Stone Regular produced by Adrien Vasquez of John Morgan Studio, based on a collection of stones found on the beach by the artist’s daughters.

4. RIRKRIT TIRAVANIJA, Untitled, 2017 (do we dream under the same sky) (poster) *, 2017

* each copy of the edition consists of a set of 3 posters- including an English, French and Dutch translation.

5. Wilhelm Sasnal, Poor Spring, 2017

6. Matthew Brannon, Talking While Eating *, 2017

* President John Kennedy once said to former Vice President Richard Nixon, “It really is true that foreign affairs is the only important issue for a President to handle, isn’t it? I mean - who gives a shit if the minimum wage is $1.15 or $1.25 in comparison to something like this?” Nixon couldn’t agree more. But Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th President of the United States, who inherited the office at 12:30 p.m. on Nov 22nd of 1963 wasn’t so comfortable with the idea. While he succeeded in making Congress work like no one before or after and achieved the most forward domestic reforms since Roosevelt, the rest of the world would be his undoing. Especially a distant corner of the planet known as South East Asia. 

How one makes decisions says a lot about how one governs. Many of the events of the 1950s and 60s can be understood by tracing the different decision making templates of the different administrations. L.B.J. preferred close intimates upon whom he could insist on loyalty and control. The glacier of information concerning Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia would be condensed over and over again until it reached a private room of 4-6 men referred to as the "Tuesday Lunch Group.” The group of intimates would meet weekly in the Whitehouse Dinning room to decide matters ranging from general policy to bombing targets. What was to be America’s longest war* was an around the clock concern, but many of the most important decisions were faced over the Sheraton dining table aside Truman’s china set.

- M.E.B., 2017

7. Akram Zaatari, The Third Window, 2017

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