Installation view, five, 2023, courtesy of max goelitz, copyright of the artist, photo: Marjorie Brunet Plaza
Rindon Johnson's first solo exhibition at the Berlin gallery is based on his science fiction novel Clattering and presents an expansive installation that was created on the occasion of Johnson's nomination for the Future Generation Art Prize 2021 and was on view for a short time at the PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv. For the exhibition five, the multimedia installation will be embedded in an expanded exhibition concept with new works by the artist.
The novel Clattering is created in collaboration with writer Rainer Diana Hamilton and is a proposition for open-mindedness, multiplicity and opposition to the organisational states of our world, which is mostly built on various forms of dualism. The authors challenge our accustomed view of relationships, hierarchical structures, systems of reproduction. Johnson and Hamilton elaborate subtle but important differences between humans and human-like characters in the novel, where there is no gender, hunger, war, or physical violence in Clattering.
At some point I became very interested in what it might actually take to make a person. I wondered what if it took more people. What if we didn’t replicate based on a binary but on a grouping of more people. – Rindon Johnson