Cally Spooner
Soundtrack for a Troubled Time, 2017
On loan to the exhibition Failed British Silver at the Centre National de la Danse, Pantin, France

Curated by: Hendrik Folkerts

Six art venues around the world turn the CND into a living, ephemeral museum. The Art Institute of Chicago is one of six international art sites invited to transform the Centre National de la Danse into a living, ephemeral museum.

Museums invite regularly choreographers to invest exhibition spaces throughout the world. If the museum space can host dance, can a space dedicated to dance host a museum? This is the challenge taken up by the Centre National de la danse (CND) with its L'invitation aux musées taking place from Nov 10—Dec 5, making all its spaces available to six international museums and art centers, including The Art Institute of Chicago that will present an exhibition (perfomances, sound installations, texts) by the artist Cally Spooner, Failed British Silver, curated by Hendrik Folkerts.

Through installations, writing, and performance, Cally Spooner stages absurdist replays of the political, economic, and media rhetoric of our time to reflect on the patriarchal order that controls it. In doing so, she reveals the ways in which contemporary subjectivity and the human body are subject to continuous changes dictated by technological and economic conditions. Her exhibitions and performances are anchored to feminist philosophical processes which physically, acoustically, and conceptually incorporate duration, erosion, maintenance, rehearsal, and collapse as practices of resistance. These strategies are adopted in opposition to sudden fluctuations in global markets, to the unstoppable flow of digital data, and to the imperative demand for performance and productivity.

Soundtrack for a Troubled Time originates from the Kervahut—Collection Laurent Fiévet.