"A TULIP. A BUBBLE. A DEAD CINCH."
Protest against the world’s finances, against speculation on goods, against art market mechanisms
often does not go beyond a simple criticism of speculation. But what exactly is speculation? Without fully understanding the nexus, financial speculation is often designated the root of evil. With growth as the mayor principle of our societies, capitalizing the future is necessary.
Originally the Latin word “speculari” referred to the notion of observing - peeking and looking into the distance from a heightened point of view. The speculative element has an essential role in society, and seen in this way, could be a progressive tool for its development. But has speculation rather turned into a form of self-improvement, of being faster and better, of seeing further than others only in order to gain the advantage?
As a philosophical practice, speculation is a period of transition, in which we thoughtfully examine
questions and answers that can not be solved logically. It is part of rationality`s constitution to strive for an understanding of the world as a whole. In this way, speculative thinking as the creative and irrational could also open up an utopian space of thinking the future. Speculation anticipates the future and affects the present.
What happens, if we look speculatively at today`s aspects of speculation?
Conditions of submission and participation:
Please send your submission via e-mail by AUGUST 31st, 2012 to firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com including:
-Concepts or pre-existing works related to the theme.
-Examples of current works with a short artists statement.
-Short curriculum vitae including name and contact information.
The jury consists of members of D21 and ESPACIO ABISAL. Eight artists will be chosen at the end of
september 2012. The selected artists will be informed immediately following the jury meeting. Artists not
chosen for the exhibition will be notified per email shortly thereafter.
Transports of the works will be paid. We are working on financing artist fees, travel costs and accomodation.
A cooperation between Espacio Abisal
and D21 Kunstraum Leipzig
D21 art space, Leipzig: November 19th – December 16th, 2012
Espacio Abisal, Bilbao: May/ June 2013