Des hôtes: a foreigner,
a human, an unexpected visitor

Des hôtes: a foreigner, a human, an unexpected visitor

with Milena Bonilla, Kasper Bosmans, Raimundas Malašauskas, Toshie Takeuchi, Luisa Ungar, Trevor Yeung, and Yu Honglei

Where does hospitality take place? This question is the cornerstone of Spring Workshop’s fall program Des hôtes: a foreigner, a human, an unexpected visitor. The program takes its title from the French word hôte, which means both “host” and “guest”. This is a starting point for contemplating the entanglements and blurred territories inherent to the politics of hospitality. Des hôtes considers how the definitions of host and guest can be expanded beyond the realms of domesticity and interpersonal relations. By tracing their manifestations through structures of cognitive meaning and behavior, as well as through our relationships with animals, it reveals how we receive and relate to one another as human beings.

The exhibition opens with a first cluster of existing and new artworks by Kasper BosmansToshie Takeuchi and Yu Honglei, which situate the program’s enquiry within the private sphere. Yu’s uncanny sculptures and household ready-mades form a landscape of estrangement; Takeuchi’s film installation and photograph series reflect on the permutations of human-canine relationships; Bosmans’ new miniature paintings and sand carpets trace the domestic use of folk art in 18th-century kitchens and annotate his conversations with the curator on the material expression of hospitality and support.

Over the course of three months, the full exhibition gradually takes shape through an ongoing event program: Kasper Bosmans’ guided tour of strange tales and anecdotes offers entry points into his paintings on themes from the exhibition; Raimundas Malašauskas’ post-hypnosis session explores the threshold of our inner subjectivity; Milena Bonilla and Luisa Ungar invite audience members to join them for a performative gathering and engage in a chocolate scrying session; Luisa Ungar enlists the help of an expert in presenting research on relationships between public space and animality; and finally, Trevor Yeung solicits personal stories from other Lonesome Georges in the wild. The eventual artworks on view function as prompts for—and evidence of—these artist-led gatherings. Traversing the various circumstances where the host-guest status quo is stretched and ruptured, Des hôtes creates a web of relations that magnify the reality of how we negotiate our positions as eternal hôtes.

Des hôtes: a foreigner, a human, an unexpected visitor is the inaugural program of Spring Workshop’s new director Christina Li. (Find further information related to Des hôtes in the Spring Workshop Archive Dropbox.)

Fall program dates

September 12 (Sat), 2015
Let’s talk with our mouths full with Toshie Takeuchi

As part of Spring’s sporadic event series, Let’s talk with our mouths full, and as a prelude to the exhibition, Des hôtes participating artist Toshie Takeuchi will share her work-in-progress over a casual dinner. Her project, A house placed in between takes a starting point from a building in The Hague, Netherlands –  a former embassy of Democratic Republic of Congo which has now been squatted by artists and musicians.

September 19 (Sat), 2015
Opening reception
Des hôtes: a foreigner, a human, an unexpected visitor

Rumored Ornamentation with Kasper Bosmans
Time: 1.45pm and 4pm

As part of his contribution to the exhibition, Bosmans’ guided tours will activate his series of small paintings, which are annotations of his ongoing conversation with curator Christina Li.

The opening coincides with South Island Art Day:

October 10 (Sat), 2015
The Hypnotic Show with Raimundas Malašauskas

Related to The Hypnotic Show — his project with Marcos Lutyens that offers a social structure for cognitive and sensual experiments through art and hypnosis — Malašauskas invites you to an event whose name you might forget, but whose feelings you might wish to practice.

November 7 (Sat), 2015
Lonesome and George with Trevor Yeung

Inspired by the story of Lonesome George, who was the last known specimen of a subspecies of Pinta Island tortoise, Trevor Yeung will embark on a search for other Lonesome Georges out in the wild, resulting in an evening of tales that Yeung will present in collaboration with a storyteller.

November 20 (Fri) and 21 (Sat), 2015
This Rabbit Looks To The Left: Chocolate Scrying with Milena Bonilla and Luisa Ungar

For this performative gathering, Milena Bonilla and Luisa Ungar invite guests to drink chocolate and take part in a public scrying. The hot chocolate leaves the stains necessary for images to turn into visions and conversations. The inapprehensible character of the liquid plays on fears, affections and expectations, whilst delving into both the past and future, if the cacao allows it.

November 27 (Fri) and 28 (Sat), 2015
Clapping Backwards with Luisa Ungar and expert-guest

Ungar and her invited guest will present their research on relationships between public space and animality. It follows from the studies called “Spontaneous innovation for future deception” (SIFFD) developed in various zoos around the world since the 1940s. On this occasion, the invited animal behavior specialist will focus on the way in which certain local wild species have adapted themselves to staged environments.

Program dates are subject to change, check our website for updates. Please RSVP at listing the event title in the subject line.

  • DateSeptember 19 - December 13, 2015
  • TypeExhibition



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