Following on from the series “Matters of Concern | Matières à panser”, curator Guillaume Désanges presents “Tactics of Augmented Dreams”, a group exhibition by eight artists at La Verrière, the Brussels art space of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, from April 28 to June 25, 2022.
“Tactics of Augmented Dreams” presents works by fifteen artists, as an extension and redirection of the broad, ecological themes explored in “Matters of concern | Matières à panser” at La Verrière since 2019. The new show presents speculative, future-facing work, science fiction, and new narratives to be invented and shared. In keeping with the emphasis on artisanship and materiality in the preceding series, “Tactics of Augmented Dreams” does not set out to replace forms with stories or theories, but rather to show how speculative fiction can be a secret, animating force in art objects that are no directly discursive.
The exhibition brings together a young generation of artists, some of who are exhibiting in Brussels for the first time, and a handful of more established figures: hybrid, techno-organic sculptures by Roy Köhnke and Alex Ayed, Pierre Huyghe’s real-world excavations, futurist fetishist glass and metal weapons by Tarek Lakhrissi, constellations of forms and forces by Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien, Suzanne Treister’s cryptic world-systems, queer/fantasy appendages by the collective platform La Satellite (Luz de Amor, Set Chevallier & Chloé Van Oost, Marine Forestier, moilesautresart and Astrid Vandercamere), and Paul Thek’s strange, stellar allegories. The exhibition is an archipelago of indeterminate forms, each one an open door to a parallel universe, affirming the power of the imagination as a tool for political and social transformation.