Living in the ruins of the twentieth century

UTS Gallery, Sydney | 16 April – 17 May 2013
Curators: Holly Williams and Adam Jasper in association with Cabinet magazine, New York.

Living in the Ruins of the Twentieth Century, installation view at UTS Gallery, with Comfort and contempt 2011 by Hany Armanious front right, courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Photo: Alex Davies

Living in the Ruins of the Twentieth Century, installation view at UTS Gallery, with Comfort and contempt 2011 by Hany Armanious front right, courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Photo: Alex Davies

About the exhibition:

Presenting a vision of the twentieth century as a history of false starts, obsolete technologies and unrealised utopias, the exhibition was an archaeological dig into the material culture that shapes our present by drawing together objects from art, science and ethnography in an investigation of the ruins, remnants and ill-fated prototypes that defined a century already far enough in the past to be foreign to us, but close enough that we still have no fitting monuments for it.

Produced in association with Cabinet, the exhibition combined loans from the Macleay Museum at the University of Sydney, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), the Westpac Banking Group Archives, The Stasi Museum, Leipzig, the Powerhouse Museum, Cabinet and various Private Collections with works by Australian and international artists.

Participating artists:
Daniel Knorr (DE), Gianni Motti (SW), Hany Armanious (AU), Maria Friberg (SWE), Roman Signer (DE), Sarah Pickering (UK), Nicholas Mangan (AU), Tracey Moffatt (AU), Patrick Pound (AU), David Haines & Joyce Hinterding (AU), Vicky Browne (AU), the Institute of Critical Zoologists (SING), Nadia Wagner (AU), Michael Stevenson (AU/DE), Lillian O
Neil (AU), Matthew Shannon (AU/UK), Jaki Middleton and David Lawrey (AU),  Alex Gawronski (AU) and Koji Ryui (AU).