Kleine Humboldt Galerie is delighted to announce its upcoming exhibition festival
'unselect', from 12 July through July 21, 2019, celebrating the 10th anniversary of KHG’s
curatorial practice at Lichthof Ost.
Vernissage: Friday, 12 July 2019, starting 6.30 pm at Humboldt University, Lichthof Ost
(Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin).
Through its ten exhibitions, during nine days and one night, the festival unselect will
explore the dichotomy between natural and cultural mechanisms of selection – a
phenomenon, both quotidian and omnipresent.
For the longest time, human beings have been committed to their quest of gaining a more thorough understanding of their environment. Like Darwin with his theory of evolution and his concept of natural selection, we developed scientific experiments and models to make the world more comprehensible.
Nevertheless, humanity itself has become a crucial factor in all different kinds of selection
processes in the world, for our culture holds a significant impact on our environment. We
have started to create new selection mechanisms and introduced laws appending those of nature. No matter where we look, pre-selections made by humans are everywhere.
Nevertheless, selecting means to influence and build the world we live in – whether that is
by the choices we make on the offers available, the news distributed or the art exhibited.
Based on tensions created by the dichotomy of natural and cultural patterns of decision-
making, in this year’s anniversary exhibition, Kleine Humboldt Galerie will explore various forms in which selection appears. At ten different venues, including the 18th century main
building Unter den Linden, an abandoned lecture hall and the actively used but hardly
known greenhouses in Dahlem, artworks including sculpture, media art, installations and
performances will open up different perspectives on the phenomenon.
As it is the Gallery’s tradition, one exhibition will be on view at Lichthof Ost in the main
building of the university for the course of one month. On top of that, this year, nine
additional pop-up exhibitions will be on display at different venues around the city.
Complementing the festival, collateral events consisting of workshops, guided tours and
lectures will make selection processes accessible and encourage visitors to take a closer
look at them.