16 September – 15 November 2015
Opening: 15 September 2015, 6 p.m.
NGBK,Berlin, Germany

Participating Artists:

Oreet Ashery, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Dolanbay, Amit Epstein, Grit Hachmeister & Claudia Gülzow, Wilhelm Klotzek, Donna Kukama, Bjørn Melhus, Falke Pisano, Studio Spektral and Liam O’Callaghan

Further Information:

“There is one great misunderstanding. We like to think that a deep, profound analysis requires being very serious. Humor is considered to be its very opposite, revealing the superficial side of things. And especially humor that leads to laughter, this most visible expression of happiness, is thought to annihilate any importance….”
states An Paenhuysen in this year’s Berlin Art Week magazine.

REDEMPTION JOKES is interested in explicitly critical strategies of humour, their aesthetic grammars and artistic realisations. In collaboration with cultural producers, activists and visitors, tactics of joyful resistance, strategies of (self-)ironic ripostes and ecstatic failure are experienced and reinterpreted. Unreadability and ambiguity are arguments against manipulation and for a production of non-knowledge. The projects seeks to explore the connection between humour and critique as a cultural practice, as an anti-disciplinary model of knowledge production.

nGbK project group: Bureau for Paradoxical Relations:
Anna Bromley, Michael Fesca, Suza Husse, Teena Lange, Jana Sotzko

Bjørn Melhus: Freedom & Independendence, 4K Video, 15 min., 2014, Video Still

Work on Display: Bjørn Melhus: Freedom & Independendence, 4K Video, 15 min., 2014, Video Still