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March 19, 2014 – May 17, 2014

Akbank Sanat Beyoğlu, İstiklal Caddesi No. 8, Taksim, Beyoğlu


Curated by Franz Thalmair, the winner of the Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition 2013, this group exhibition is the first in a series of exhibitions based on wide-reaching research about writing.

The exhibition’s thematic and aesthetic foundation has been sourced from the original typewritten manuscript of the Czech philosopher Vilém Flusser’s essay ‘The Gesture of Writing’. ‘To write’, says Flusser, we need ‘a blank surface, for instance a white leaf of paper; an instrument which contains a matter that contrasts with the whiteness of the paper; the letters of the alphabet; the convention which gives a meaning to the letters; “orthography” = correct writing, the rules which order that language, what is called “grammar”; an idea to be expressed in a language; and a motive to express that idea’.

The exhibiting artists are John Baldessari, Fiona Banner, Valie Export, Kenneth Goldsmith, Wade Guyton, Daniel Hafner, Marianne Holm Hansen, Bethan Huws, Joséphine Kaeppelin, Michael Kargl, Ulrich Kehrer and Agnes Miesenberger, Jörg Piringer, Falke Pisano, Stefan Riebel, Karin Sander, Ignacio Uriarte and Anita Witek.



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