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May 18 - July 7, 2018

Böhler & Orendt

THE CARRION CHEER, A FAUNISTIC TRAGEDY

May 18 - July 7, 2018

Böhler & Orendt

THE CARRION CHEER, A FAUNISTIC TRAGEDY

Germany-based artist duo Böhler & Orendt will create an immersive installation in the galleries of the Halsey Institute. Naming it a “makeshift transdimensional stopover camp,” the installation will consist of several tents through which viewers can walk. Each tent will feature an apparition of an extinct animal, such as a Steller’s Sea Cow, the Carolina Parakeet, and the Pinta Island Tortoise, which will appear as a projection on a screen of mist. The extinct animals will appear in chorus to sing a song of forgiveness to humans for causing their ultimate extinction.  The tents also feature renderings and images representing the animals’ relationships with humans.

While whimsical and imaginative, the installation will comment on humans’ relationship with the world around us. As all of the animals featured in the exhibition have gone extinct between 1768 and the present, their demise can be blamed on in part by the Industrial Revolution and the destruction of habitats all over the planet. Böhler & Orendt’s project confronts the notion that humans are thought as the most intelligent beings, as they suggest these animals are capable of traveling through time and dimensions to revisit us. Addressing increasingly politicized issues, this installation will provoke viewers to contemplate their own relationships with the communities, environments, and issues that comprise our global social fabric.

This will be the first solo exhibition of Böhler & Orendt’s work in the United States. The exhibition is curated by Bryan Granger, Manager of Exhibitions and Programs at the Halsey Institute. The installation’s chorus was composed by artist and musician Ingmar Saal. The Carrion Cheer is an official offering of Piccolo Spoleto 2018 and is supported in part by JB Architekten, Nuremburg, Germany. After its debut at the Halsey Institute, The Carrion Cheer will be exhibited at the Kunsthalle Göppingen, in Göppingen, Germany.

To learn more about the exhibition, check out our video:

 

The Carrion Cheer from Halsey Institute on Vimeo.

Böhler & Orendt

THE CARRION CHEER, A FAUNISTIC TRAGEDY

May 18 - July 7, 2018
Public Opening Reception
Friday, May 18, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Free and open to the public.
Artist Talk
Saturday, May 19, 2:00 PM
Free and open to the public
Family Day!
Saturday, June 16, 10:00 AM
Free for Halsey Institute members.
Curator-led tour for members
Thursday, July 5, 6:00 PM
Free for Halsey Institute members.
Press Release
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Brochure
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About the artists

Böhler & Orendt are an artistic duo based in Germany consisting of Matthias Böhler (b. Aachen, Germany, 1981) and Christian Orendt (b. Schäßburg, Romania, 1980). They have created projects all over Europe, including the Kunsthalle Schweinfurt, Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, among many others. They have held several residencies including the Wildbad Residency, Rothernburg, Germany; the Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, Texas; and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, among others. They are the recent winners of the Wolfram-von-Eschenback Award for upcoming artists, and they have also authored several catalogues, including Böhler & Orendt – A Reference Companion, published by Verlag für Moderne Kunst, Vienna (2018).

Learn more about them at http://www.boehler-orendt.com/

Documentary video on The Carrion Cheer, A Faunistic Tragedy

The Carrion Cheer, A Faunistic Tragedy

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