The upcoming edition of the Biennial of the Possible Image, BIP2018 is an opening to the future.
Nevertheless, in terms of this beginning of the 21st century, the hopes and the utopias we permit ourselves have changed radically. Given the disastrous failings which are placing us on the brink of our own survival as a species, we have a choice between cynicism and despair, or the invention of narratives and images which renew, in their themes and in their forms, the fictions which will lead us elsewhere, without knowing where this elsewhere might be found…
Certain artists today lay claim to the catastrophe as a euphoric and exuberant breeding-ground. They destroy and construct in the same movement. Without naivety but rooted in the present, they piece together images which speak of tomorrow, which hurl themselves into it headlong without knowing what it will be comprised of. Often, within the profusion, driven by a ludic and generous spirit of experimentation, knotted to the contemporary melancholy without being victims of it, these images no longer denounce, no longer resist, no longer place on trial. They instead bear witness to a living instant, to a state of resonance, to an intense presence which opens up both to doubts over and the potential of the future.
Within this liberty, within these joyful apocalypses, there is an echo of Nietzsche’s amor fati, this cry of ‘loving what happens, the loving acceptance of one’s fate,’ amongst the sorrow and the bliss. There is also an open invitation to share this circulating warmth we call fellow feeling: an attraction for what we do not yet know, the mysterious effect of one body on another.
For its 11th edition the BIP2018 would like to transmit an energy. To share a radiating, mutating, intense vitality; an exuberant, lucid, uninhibited movement; a presence and a present.
A programme of events as well as visits and workshops will be offered to publics of every kind.
From February 17, visit La Boverie and 7 other exhibition places throughout the city of Liège
(Centre culturel de Liège "Les Chiroux", Les Brasseurs, Galerie Satellite, SPACE, Galerie Les Drapiers, La Châtaigneraie et le Cercle des Beaux-Arts).
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