Wächterstr. 11, 04107 Leipzig (Germany)

Mai 25 – June 22, 2018, Opening Mai 25, from 6.30pm

Re: Junggesellenmaschinen / Re: Bachelor Machines

In the wake of industrial revolution, 19th and early 20th century literature abounds in fantastic, erotic human-machines understood metaphorically as rebellious social models of anti-procreation. Michel Carrouges compiled these in 1954 under the term “Bachelor Machines”, drawing from Marcel Duchamp’s work La mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires, même (1911-25). In his 1975 famous exhibition Bachelor Machines, Harald Szeemann translated some of these theoretical fictions into physical machines, which he complemented with a plethora of other conceptually related materials from artworks to ready-mades and texts in a cacophonous attempt to grapple with the “macabre and timeless myth”. The collective curatorial project Re: Bachelor Machines develops through the historical lineage of the concept and Szeemann’s 1975 exhibition and asks: How has the transition from the mechanical era to the so-called information or digital age reshaped the myth and restated its relevancy? Can a contemporary feminist perspective be accommodated within its scope or will it essentially transform the myth? Newly digitalised archival material of Harald Szeemann’s extensive archive will be made visible within the exhibition and juxtaposed with contemporary artistic positions and a variation of research material and mutations. Re: Bachelor Machines should not be understood as an attempt to reconstruct Szeemann’s exhibition. Whereas it is a form of actualisation, it will not raise the claim to re-enact the historical exhibition, nor to pay hommage to it or to merely continue Szeemann’s modus operandi. The exhibition will explore the concept from a contemporary perspective, visualising an ongoing research process conducted by the curatorial collective over the course of several months. The viewer will meander among topics, such as “deproduction” and the refusal of procreation, the impact of digitalisation on the relation between humans and machines and on our understanding of eroticism, the political agency of the Bachelor Machine in contemporary times and overcoming of gender binaries in preparation for a posthuman condition. Szeemann’s curatorial model of the autocratically acting exhibition author is contrasted with a curatorial understanding based on collaborative work surveying the energy and questioning the timelessness of the myth while reflecting on Szeemann’s curatorial methodology.

Contributors :
Panos Aprahamian
Students in Art History and Curating AUB Beirut
Mit Borras
Cibelle Cavalli Bastos
Maxxima Foxy
Neil Harbisson
Florentina Holzinger
Viktoria Modesta
Tyyne Claudia Pollmann
Hjördis Behncken & Thomas Spieler
Hannes Wiedemann

Organized by MA Cultures of the Curatorial :
Gunnar Ceccotti, Daniela Duca, Laetitia Gorsy, Anja Henckel, Ksenia Jakobson, Ingrid Kraus, Virág Major, Sarie Nijboer, Gabriela Seith, Vincent Schier, Ting Tsou, Julian Volz, Marlena von Wedel