Falke Pisano | Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe

Falke Pisano
The value in mathematics—How do we learn?
30.09.16 – 27.11.16
Solo Exhibition
with Luca Frei & Will Holder

Badischer Kunstverein is delighted to present The value in mathematics—How do we learn?, an exhibition by the artist Falke Pisano showing her new series of works in Germany for the first time. In addition to a new film produced for Kunstverein, the show will include a sculptural intervention by the Swiss artist Luca Frei, a series of recitals by the British typographer Will Holder as well as a programme of talks about accountability in artistic practice, modes of learning and the challenge of multiplicity.
Pisano is known for her long-term projects, which she conceives as organised fields of research, production, and reflection. Her installations explore the status of knowledge and learning programmes with the aid of diagrammatic structures and abstract sculptural forms. In her latest series of works The value in mathematics, which is divided in ten parts, Pisano examines the often overlooked relationship between culture and mathematics. Through sculptures, texts, diagrams, and videos, she investigates how Western cultural values, such as progress, rationality, and universality, have influenced the way we have come to think about mathematics. While some of the works in the exhibition question the past and present position of "advanced mathematics," others investigate the possibility of the existence of multiple forms of mathematics.
In her new film Wonder Lands in Loxbridge (2016) Pisano turns to a specific European episode in the history of "advanced mathematics." With the help of various texts, such as Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Lectures on the Foundations of Mathematics (1939), the film explores the different reactions to sense and non-sense in an era when the limits and possibilities of mathematics came under scrutiny. As a whole The value in mathematics—How do we learn? leads us in steps along the thought process of the artist, who sets out to find an answer to the question “Do there exist multiple mathematics?” and discovers along the way the importance of examining one’s inherited framework of thought. Following the exhibition a comprehensive publication will be published in cooperation with The Gallery at REDCAT in Los Angeles/USA and the Contemporary Art Center — La Synagogue de Delme in Delme/France.

Curated by Anja Casser