Arr/Dep: Catalogue's Intro

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Arrivals/Departures
Global Experiences in a Local Context 

But the same thing happens in the mass society and during mass hysteria, where everybody behaves as being members of an enormous, unanimous family, and hysteria emerges as one aspect is exaggerated in gigantic proportions. In both cases we deal with radical phenomena of privatization, i.e. conditions where none can see or hear, let alone be seen or heard any longer. Everyone is left withdrawn into their own subjectivity, isolated, and this subjectivity does not become less subjective and the experiences one makes here not less singular by being endlessly multiplied. A common world disappears when it's observed from only one point of view; It can only exist in a multitude of perspectives.  Hannah Arendt, Vita activa 

 

Understanding Nowhere, and Surviving
Already with Charles Baudelaire's Spleen and even earlier with the construction of the big English textile factories (whose ashes are still to be found in the Antarctic permafrost), modernity took on a confused and privatising (in the sense that Hannah Arendt gives to the term) hue in which the individual is removed from himself, from others and from his surroundings. The abundance of events in the last two decades - from the migration of entire populations from one part of the world to another, to international and local crises and a whole series of wars - have made this feeling even stronger. And what is more, it is not exactly reassuring to see an ecosystem going to rack and ruin, helped along by the great majority, providing the backdrop to these human tragedies.The triumph of an economy with a way of living made swallowable thanks to a hegemonic culture which rarely takes these problems into account, on one hand has generated a sense of impotence, and on the other a need to make a firm stance against this state of affairs. It is not rare for the two sides to alternate, and there is no way out: we ourselves are the products of a civilisation that seems to be taking the shape of an increasingly perfect non-place - a group of separate units, parts of a whole of whom we can make out neither the aims nor the limits.Arrivals/Departures (A/D) takes its place in this debate in the certainty that it is at least an attempt to stir up a degree of reflection. But to what extent the public will be given access to this voice we do not know. We can console ourselves by thinking that in the last thirty-five thousand years, in the end art has done nothing but narrate mankind to themselves. This conception of art as a wordly activity (that is, an activity interested in the world and not in the expression of a technique or a self and therefore a market) is what provides the basis for A/D and the Tingvoll Kunsthall, The Art Space in the Middle of Nowhere, the facility that, in the absence of others of its ilk, has made this avant-garde project possible.  
Paolo Manfredi

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An example of image-cannibalism (The Heroes, the Healing): pictures picked from the web 

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