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The Hole Idea. A presentation by Post Brothers


It’s a cubist bit of dark, an aperture in any surface, and yet a thing, physically promiscuous, malleable and expandable, foldable and rollable, poured, printed, or painted. IT does what it PLEASES. It’s behavior is as elastic as its form.

A project applied to different circumstances and constantly pulling information into its murky center, this lecture examines the aesthetic, philosophical and socio-political possibilities of the portable hole. A principle object in cartoon physics, the portable hole can serve as a tool to account for an irrational world through its myriad precarious properties.

‘The Hole Idea’ was originally developed in 2008 as part of Gintaras Didžiapetris’ artist magazine NINETY (#2), and has since been presented as a video lecture, or as a video loop, at international venues including Kunstverein München, Munich (2016), the Integrated2015 conference, Antwerp (2015), Kerstin Engholm Gallery, Vienna (2015), Syntax, Lisbon (2015), ŠMC/Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (2015), Gruentaler 9, Berlin (2013), the 9th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai (2012), Will Brown, San Francisco (2012), Paleisje voor Volksvlijt, Amsterdam (2011), and COCO Kunstverein, Vienna (2011). Portions have also been published as text in numerous other projects.

Post Brothers (b. 1984, Los Angeles) is a critical enterprise that includes Matthew Post—an enthusiast, typist, taxi driver, and curator at Kunstverein München in Munich, Germany. He has curated exhibitions and presented lectures and projects in Poland, Mexico, Canada, Portugal, Denmark, Latvia, Greece, Estonia, Germany, the United States, Austria, Lithuania, Italy, Finland, Belgium, The Netherlands, and China. His essays and articles have been published in Annual Magazine, the Baltic Notebooks of Anthony Blunt, Cura, Fillip, Kaleidoscope, Mousse, Nero, Art Papers, Pazmaker, Punkt, and Spike Art Quarterly, as well as in numerous artist publications and exhibition catalogues.

This lecture is part of 019’s Museum of Moving Practice