"‘Wonderful Nothing’ [read two works by Lily van der Stokker] which felt strangely apt to describe the irreverent pleasures of stupidity."
– Beth Bramich, Art Monthly
'duh?' looks at stupidity as a subject and a tactic of art making, with a particular focus on its relationship
to the politics and performance of identity. High culture is meant to keep its audience from being stupid,
but artists have repeatedly drawn upon stupidity, or playing stupid, as a form of dissidence, irreverence or
as a means to cast off received thinking. To work from a position of stupidity would appear to be a good way
to counter knowingness and intellectual superiority, but how can artists adopt stupidity as a strategy without turning it into cleverness? Even if you don't play stupid, how do you make art about stupidity without declaring yourself to be smart? If there are forms of intellectualism that, through being inflexible and unresponsive, appear stupid, then what exactly is stupidity anyway? Featuring almost thirty international artists, off site projects, performances, talks and new commissions, this ambitious show also played with curating and exhibition design in order to undermine the idea that an art gallery should enlighten its audience.
Developed from Paul Clinton's research into stupidity, art and identity.
The exhibition was reviewed and featured in Art Monthly, The Guardian 'Guide' supplement, MOUSSE, Contemporary Art Daily, SLEEK and Resonance FM.
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Archie & Edith Bunker
Werner Büttner & Albert Oehlen
Marc Camille Chaimowicz
Mario Garcia Torres
Erik van Lieshout
Lily van der Stokker