Curators: ‘4.543 billion. The matter of matter’, CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, June 29, 2017–January 7, 2018. Opening: June 29, 2017 (7p


Xavier Ribas, Chilean Nitrate publicity postcard, c. 1920 from "A History of Detonations", 2013. Courtesy the artist and ProjecteSD, Barcelona.

Curators: ‘4.543 billion. The matter of matter’, CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, June 29, 2017–January 7, 2018.

Opening: June 29, 2017 (7pm)

With: A.J. Aalders, Lara Almarcegui, Maria Thereza Alves, Félix Arnaudin, Amy Balkin, Alessandro Balteo-Yazbeck in collaboration with Media Farzin, Bernd Becher and Hilla Becher, Étienne Denisse, Hubert Duprat, Giulio Ferrario, Ângela Ferreira, Anne Garde, Ambroise-Louis Garneray, Terence Gower, Rodney Graham, Ilana Halperin (also at the Université de Bordeaux’s zoology department), Marianne Heier, Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller, Lucas Ihlein and Louise Kate Anderson, Jannis Kounellis, Martín Llavaneras, Erlea Maneros Zabala, Nicholas Mangan, Fiona Marron, Alexandra Navratil, Xavier Ribas, Alfred Roll, Amie Siegel, Lucy Skaer, Alfred Smith, Rayyane Tabet, Pierre Théron, Pep Vidal, Alexander Whalley Light, Stuart Whipps (also at the Musée des Beaux-Arts) as well as documents and objects lent by the archives of the CAPC, the Archives Bordeaux Métropole, the Archives départementales de la Gironde, and the geology collection of the UFR Sciences de la Terre et de la Mer, Université de Bordeaux.

With contributions from more than 30 artists, “4.543 billion. The matter of matter” is a major exhibition that addresses works of art, collections and cultural histories in relation to ecological processes and a geological scale of time. It presents a continuum of materials and temporal landscapes – films, works on paper, photographs, sculptures, documents, and other meaningful things – and springs from the CAPC building’s former life as a warehouse for colonial commodities whose limestone walls were once deep in the ground and whose wooden beams were once part of a forest.

A central proposal of the exhibition is that works of art are part of geophysical history as much as art history. “4.543 billion” attempts to take into account both a micro-local and a planetary perspective, and to rethink some of the histories of art as fragments of broader narratives about the Earth and how our place in it has been represented. What is at stake when art and museums take on greater temporal and material awareness? How might they move beyond a spatial framework of “think globally, act locally”, to “think historically, act geologically”?

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The exhibition is the CAPC contribution to the cultural season Paysages Bordeaux 2017. Within the framework of “4.543 billion”, Latitudes will lead the month-long residency programme “Geologic Time” at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Alberta, Canada, in September 2017.

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Julius Schoppe (1795–1868), “Illustration of giant stone near the Rauenschen Mountains near Fürstenwalde”, c. 1827. Public domain – Wikimedia Commons.

Lead Faculty: ‘Geologic Time’, Banff International Curatorial Institute, Visual + Digital Arts, Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, Banff, Canada, September 11–October 6, 2017

Geologic Time’ is a month-long Banff International Curatorial Institute residency organised by the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and taking place during autumn 2017.

Conceived and led by Latitudes (Lead Faculty), and with the participation of Irish artist Sean Lynch (Guest Faculty), the programme asks how a geologic lens might affect artistic and curatorial practice. As the Earth’s history and system dynamics absorb the effects of modern human actions, what is at stake for cultural production?

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Geologic Time’ takes place within the framework of the group exhibition ‘4.543 billion. The matter of matter’ curated by Latitudes at CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux (June 29, 2017–January 7, 2018).

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Latitudes is an independent curatorial office initiated in 2005 by Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna, that works in an international context from and in Barcelona, Spain (41°23′N 2°11′E).

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