6 February - 1st May 2016
|Opening||Friday, 5 February 2016 at 7pm|
|Venue||Westfälischer Kunstverein, Rothenburg 30, 48143 Münster|
|Opening Hours||Tuesday-Sunday 11am-7pm|
|Admission||4 € / concessions 2 € / members free|
Throughout his work Jon Rafman (b. 1981, Montreal, CA) investigates the effects of digital media and new technology on our consciousness, our social structures, and our relationship to ourselves. The combined cohorts of virtual worlds and the ephemera of pop culture and media arouse previously undiscovered desires and shape our identity. Rafman’s compelling and frequently psychologically unsettling videos and installations oscillate between humour and melancholia as he examines contemporary forms of loneliness and alienation. Alongside his sculptures, the exhibition at the Kunstverein – Rafman’s first institutional solo show in Germany – will focus primarily upon his videos. These works will be presented in environments which he has designed specifically for the purpose. The show also includes his most recent video “Sticky Drama”, developed in collaboration with Daniel Lopatin. Inspired by the aesthetics of Live Action Role Play (LARP), the film reflects the vivid and frequently disturbing world of children’s imaginations and games, while also extending Rafman’s examination of the nature of memory and the horror of data loss.
The exhibited works were originally produced by Zabludowicz Collection, London, where it was presented 8 October-20 December 2015.
Ill.: Jon Rafman "Still Life (Betamale) (Ball Pit)", 2015 | installation view Westfälischer Kunstverein 2016 | Photo: Thorsten Arendt
The exhibition is funded by Kunststiftung NRW.
Friday, 5 February at 7pm (admission free)
Exhibition Walkthrough with Jon Rafman:
Saturday, 6 February at 11 am (admission free)
Guided Tours with Kristina Scepanski:
Friday, 19 February at 6pm
Thursday, 17 March at 6pm
Sunday, 1st May at 2pm
open till 10pm, admission free