Joker is an exhibition about images, language, and the space in between.
“I know that noise! Someone has just died!”
“No, it was just a grasshopper jumping on your bed.”
Scarcely have I begun to open my eyes—already I begin to distinguish one thing from another.
Joker is an exhibition about vision—looking, speaking, writing, image making, and the beauty (and tragedy) of deciphering signs and text. Images as texts, as tools of reflection.
“A lot of dirty towels are lying on the floor.” —
— “Did I really see the towels lying there, or did I only read the sentence: ‘A lot of dirty towels are lying on the floor’?” —
— “Yes, you only dreamed of the dirty towels.”
Joker is an exhibition about shadows. Or to be more precise: about the difference between the shadow and its origin. Let’s call it irony.
Irony is to be found in the gap between the subject and its antithesis—to be activated by the reader.
“Do you know the difference between — ?” —
— “Yes, the difference is a joke!”
Joker is an exhibition about poetry. About relations. About the joy of making sense. It is put together by the artist Julius Heinemann.
Excerpts from Peter Handke’s poem “Distinctions” in Peter Handke, The Innerworld of the Outerworld of the Innerworld, trans. Michael Roloff (NewYork: Seabury Press, 1974).
Caragh Thuring, Rasmus Nilausen, Troels Wörsel, Marcel Broodthaers
12/09/20 – 10/10/20