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Learning from Warsaw

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When invited by the Kunstverein Zurich to present the project As Far Away As Home, Random Institute refrained from screening Guido van der Werve’s film (upon which the project is based), opting instead to exhibit documentary photographs of people watching the work and the video’s opening frame.

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Because the curators’ project was to take an existing artwork out of the art world and reinsert it in a place central to its concerns (in this case that place was the “home”), Guido van der Werve’s film was not screened at the Museum Bärengasse (now Gasthaus zum Bären). Instead, the TV screens comprising the installation simply showed the first frame of van der Werve’s film.

The show Learning from Warsaw was curated by Nele Dechmann, Nicola Ruffo, and Agnieszka Sosnowska and was the result of their two month research activities in Warsaw. The curators found inspiration in the architectural classic Learning from Las Vegas.

The exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue designed by Atlas Studio, which was honored with a Most Beautiful Swiss Books award. It was edited by Nele Dechmann, Nicola Ruffo, and Agnieszka Sosnowska.

The project was made possible by Artists-In-Residence Laboratory at the CCA Ujazdowski Castle and was supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, the Warsaw City Council, and Kultur Stadt Zürich.

The exhibition took place from November 7th to December 15th, 2013 at the Bärengasse Museum in Zurich, Switzerland.
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