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Metahaven's Exhibition at Guggenheim Bilbao: Chaos Theory

Bilbao, Spain. From February 22nd through June 9th

Metahaven, Chaos Theory (still), 2021. Part of the installation Chaos Theory, 2021–2024. Tufted carpet (multiple elements) and single-channel film, 25:30 minutes. Courtesy of the artists

Founded by Dutch artists Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden in 2007, Metahaven is a renowned artist collective whose work blurs the boundaries of art, filmmaking and design. Encompassing a broad variety of mediums, they are regarded as a visionary agent in the advancement of post-digital, critical culture.

Their film, Chaos Theory (2021), is a captivating audiovisual poem. It revolves around two characters, X (Valentina Di Mondo) and Y/Z (Georgina Dávid), as they reflectively confront the contemporary world and its puzzling flows of interconnected phenomena. The movie plays with the boundaries of shared realities and dreams, fiction and fact. Shot on location in the outskirts of Amsterdam, the movie's landscape appears in contrast with its dreamlike scenes and the open-ended poetics of its dialogues. Likewise, the newly-conceived installation of this work spatially challenges the limits of the film screen through a large textile work that expands in the Museum's main gallery. This textile echoes some of the graphic patterns and objects that appear in the story, referencing data points and graphic vectors blended into a thick texture and color coding that is reminiscent of common upholstery motives in public transit.

Metahaven’s video installation is paired with a multiplicity of embroidered objects, understood as film stills and documents from the artists' expanded visual research and on view in the anteroom. In addition to Chaos Theory, selected pieces from Metahaven's Arrows (2020) and Blossoms (2021) series are displayed, featuring digital embroideries on found jumpsuit jackets, commercial plastic bags, and small tapestries that remind of fabric samples or doormats, alongside the textile and video triptych Living Together in Stories (2022). The exhibition encourages us to question our beliefs and imagine a future of empathy and interdependence. Curator: Manuel Cirauqui

You can find more information about the Exhibition on Guggenheim Bilbao's website.

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