Golden Age Problems – Wellbeing in the Entertainment Complex
Art institutions sit comfy in the pockets of big corporations, broadcasters continue to sow the image-seeds of a tedious spectacular capitalism and publishers proliferate middlebrow infotainment and zombie-commenters. Compounding the problem, many artists remain enthralled by the mainstream, commercial art world.
As the worlds of art and mass media collide, converge and change, there’s a need to rethink our relationship with the narratives broadcast by these institutions of cultural emission – if they can’t serve us now and for the future, but retrench their ambitions into yesterday’s hallucinations, we must create new options rather than have them created for us. We must create a new world within this world.
Golden Age Problems is an exhibition of images, objects and stages, activated and explored through narrative presentations, a minisite and a series of performance events. Energy is only ever amassed collectively and so for any real transformation to take place we must not work alone. The Auto Italia space becomes a nexus of celebration, dispensing with notions of success and failure, providing collaborators with space and time to imagine alternative, independent entertainment formats: anti-genius narratives, anti-talent show, proactive and present.
Golden Age Problems is a project by Auto Italia and Nathaniel Budzinski featuring Oreet Ashery, Marleen Boschen, Olivier Castel, Leni Cedric, Benedict Drew, Marianne Forrest, Mette Hammer Juhl + Lorenzo Tebano, Pablo Navarro MacLochlainn, Terence McCormack, Plastique Fantastique, Richard Thomas.
The Golden Age Problems minisite – Risk Assessment Image Kiosk – has been coded by James Wreford.
Events as part of Golden Age Problems:
Horn ‘O’ Plenty At The All You Can Eat Buffet Of Nothing, 28th June, 7pm with performances and new work by Benedict Drew, Mette Hammer Juhl and Lorenzo Tebano, Plastique Fantastique and Nathan Budzinski.