9 Dec 2016 - 15 Jan 2017
1646 is happy to announce the exhibition OEDIPUSMAS SPECIAL, a project by the artists’ collective Conglomerate.
We have been very attracted to the fresh energy, humour and generosity that presides in the work Conglomerate. These are also the significant features of the wáy they work, as they give a platform to many other artists utilizing the organizational structure and output format of “television” and conceiving the overall project as a Gesamtkunstwerk.
The deliberate use of home-made aesthetics allow for a spontaneity and directness in their practice that together with the sarcastic tongue-in-cheek humor comment on the culture and language of mass media and commercial advertisements. Through irony, exaggeration, and ridicule Conglomerate exposes and criticizes the habits and conventions in the socio-political structure that govern both private and public life, using a visual pleasure that keeps the viewer attached to the screen as children to their favorite TV show.
For their exhibition at 1646 Conglomerate will create sets to film a new TV Show based on a insomniac “family drama” in which lingering tensions, traumas and resentments are brought to the surface leading to full blown deliriums as sleepless nights tally up during a holiday gathering.
The basic plot set up presents itself during holiday times. As family members arrive, “mother” Paule rushes out to the news station where she works as a night-time weather anchor. Penn, “the father”, is very excited to have the whole family back under one roof, though he tries to hide his distress about Paule’s absence. While Paule has rebelled and subsequently escaped her long-time role of mother and is forging her own life, Penn meanwhile is obsessed with his own trauma from a supposed alien abduction which is passed down to and affecting all male members of the family over several generations.
The project is realized by a core team of five artists and filmmakers: Sol Calero, Ethan Hayes-Chute, Derek Howard, Christopher Kline and Dafna Maimon.
CONGLOMERATE acts as a producer of original programs, also inviting additional Berlin based and international artists to realize their own segments, sets, commercials and specials for the network. Mixing diverse content ranging from melodrama, documentary, comedy, interview, music, and art into a unified body, new 30 minute Blocks composed of recurring shows and one‐off segments are broadcast on the web, with new Blocks and Specials released throughout the year. All content is exclusively found on www.conglomerate.tv