TAFAA – NEW RARE XPENDABLE
Dinge, Häuser, Menschen
Beat Josts Atelier für Werbefotografie 1962–2002
In her largest solo exhibition to date, Chloé Delarue (*1986, lives in Geneva) combines latex casts, cables, industrial rods, dissected TV screens and other undead elements of the digital age into an all-encompassing installation that sprawls across the entire first floor of the Kunsthaus in the form of an organic, technological growth. In it she presents visions of the future that already seem to be in a state of decay. The work is based on many years of research on the impact of technological developments on the mind and body, and artificial intelligence and biotechnology, as well as recent studies into a Chinese ghost town and neo-feudalist ideologies in Silicon Valley.
In a concurrent exhibition, Kunsthaus Langenthal will present its first showcase of work by the Bernese photographer Beat Jost (*1936), featuring images created at his «Studio for commercial photography» between the 1960s and the 1990s. Retrospectively, Jost wants his work to be understood as a «reputable handicraft», which nevertheless allows his photographs to spontaneously develop a sometimes sober, sometimes captivating and continuing beauty – one that spans from daily life at the time to the present day. In the depicted products of Swiss industrial companies, architects and designers, Jost’s images also contain an inherent beauty of precision: from Vidmar filing cabinets to Pierrot ice creams, from Authier skiwear to knitwear and bank branches; these objects are in a state of permanent newness and herald a future to come – one which for us has already passed into history.
A cooperation with Fotobüro Bern, curated by Markus Schürpf and Raffael Dörig. A publication will accompany the exhibition.