An Artist or a Computer? – Conceptual works from the 1970s
curated by Ann Hoste
S.M.A.K. Gent, Belgium
10 March – 13 May 2018
In the 1970s, Teresa Burga created experimental installations based on administrative reports, meticulous diagrams, educational objects and designs for absurd machines. They contain the coded results of actions carried out and instructions for future projects. They also quantify entities like her own body, poems or population groups. Although she was not openly political, through her unorthodox practice she questioned aspects of modern society such as visual representation in mass culture, the automation and bureaucratisation of work and leisure, and woman’s identity. In her work, Burga put the emphasis on open processes. She sees art as the formulation of proposals which the viewer can complete by adding meaning.
The exhibition at S.M.A.K. is intended to provide an insight into Teresa Burga’s conceptual work on the basis of the installations 4 Mensajes (1974) and Borges (1974), plus a series of drawings and objects from the 1970s.
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