Wiener Konzerthaus

Denise Ferreira da Silva & Arjuna Neuman

Exhibition view: in the foreground two green curtains that seem to be composed of individual tufts of grass, in the background a rondeau of red translucent plastic
© Ausstellungsansicht: Denise Ferreira da Silva & Arjuna Neuman. Ancestral Clouds Ancestral Claims, Kunsthalle Wien 2023, Foto: Esther Abiona Ojo
Exhibition view: in the foreground two green curtains that seem to be composed of individual tufts of grass, in the background a rondeau of red translucent plastic

The artist duo Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman’s exhibition is centred around the coproduction and presentation of a new work: Ancestral Clouds Ancestral Claims, part of a film series in which the artists have developed and implemented an approach they call "elemental cinema": operating with the hypothesis of a continuity between different scales of existence – from the quantum level to the cosmos – their filmmaking practice also addresses the environment as a key factor in political movements.

Ferreira da Silva and Neuman’s works undermine patterns of thinking and relating (about and to the Earth) shaped by European colonial modernity such as abstraction, the universal I, possession and extraction, and linear historiography. Ancestral Clouds Ancestral Claims turns the spotlight on the persistence, though in altered form, of this modern relation to the world in the history of neoliberalism and one of its defining early episodes: Chile under the Pinochet regime. Parts of the film were shot in the Atacama Desert, the place with the clearest and driest air on the planet and home to the world’s largest radio telescope, which observes the skies. Against this backdrop, the film probes an alternative experience of the world that, rather than primarily seeing, overlooking, and enlightening, is guided by other senses and practices.

The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive public program including performances, workshops, and discursive formats.

Admission free!

Venue

Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz

Karlsplatz/Treitlstraße 2
1040 Wien

Current Dates

  • Sun. 25 Feb 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 27 Feb 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 28 Feb 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 29 Feb 2024, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 01 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 02 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 03 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 05 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 06 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 07 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
All dates

All Dates

February

  • Sun. 25 Feb 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 27 Feb 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 28 Feb 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 29 Feb 2024, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

March

  • Fri. 01 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 02 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 03 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 05 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 06 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 07 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 08 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 09 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 10 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tue. 12 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 13 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thu. 14 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fri. 15 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sat. 16 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Sun. 17 Mar 2024, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
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