EVA INTERNATIONAL 2014
Bassam El Baroni
Bisan Abu-Eisheh, Doa Aly, Kjersti G. Andvig, Martí Anson, Amanda Beech, Ann Böttcher, Jenny Brady, Benjamin de Búrca & Barbara Wagner, +billion-, Luis Camnitzer, Chimurenga, Jacqueline Doyen, Tom Flanagan & Megs Morley, Zachary Formwalt, GRRRR, Nilbar Güreş, Rana Hamadeh, Siobhán Hapaska, Nicoline van Harskamp, Cécile Hartmann, Malak Helmy, David Horvitz, Luis Jacob, Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock, Ramon Kassam, Patrick Jolley, Hassan Khan, Per-Oskar Leu, Alon Levin, SofieLoscher, Mona Marzouk, Pauline M'barek, Asier Mendizabal, Metahaven,Nastio Mosquito, Catalina Niculescu, Seamus Nolan, Mark O'Kelly, Uriel Orlow, Neša Paripović, Michael Patterson-Carver, Garrett Phelan, Elizabeth Price, Raqs Media Collective + Iswanto Hartono, Eva Richardson McCrea, Walid Sadek, Miri Segal, Ann-Sofi Sidén, Praneet Soi, Paul Tarpey, Stefanos Tsivopoulos, Humberto Vélez, Carla Zaccagnini.
INTRODUCTION BY BASSAM EL BARONI, CURATOR
In the past few years we have witnessed protests unfolding into serious unrest across many parts of the world. A er initial excitement at this
new global wave of voicing political demands, seasons change, and what was a novelty becomes a norm that lures many of us into the trap of trying to determine and de ne this previously undetermined phenomenon. Such engagements with current political upheavals can be termed agitations, an old philosophical term which denotes the extreme tension of the brain in its attempt to determine something perceived as previously undetermined—such as a sublime experience of nature. These agitations usually recast the sense of the human self accompanying all thinking into a clearly distinguishable entity, treating it as if it were something we could claim to really understand.
Agitationism, on the one hand, is the condition of living under a constant ow of agitations, including the ones that you inevitably sometimes produce yourself. However, it is also the process of ‘working through’
them with the aim of seeking adaptation to a logic situated somewhere else, surpassing the entrapment between past, present, and future—
three tenses that overlap in the contemporary moment, creating a kind
of palimpsest of half undone histories, half imagined futures, and a present of phantasms as a consequence.
EVA 2014, AGITATIONISM attempts to grasp the sense of living under agitation while capturing how we are slowly adapting to a di erent perception of the world by working through our relationships with historical ideologies, post-colonial narratives, other forms of life (animals for example), and speculations about the not-so-distant future.
AGITATIONISM, the 36th edition of EVA International, simulates the struggle between the tides that pull the present towards romanticisations, utopias, ideologies, and nostalgias; and the tides that attempt to push it beyond those limitations and towards an unknown, a desire and drive for something that remains too complex to determine today.