In Case We Don’t Die

Exhibition Curation : ‘In Case We Don’t Die’ is a series of international exhibitions curated by Bibi Katholm. So far there have been 5 international ICWDD group exhibitions –

ICWDD – V, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles C.A. 2013

ICWDD – IV, KPH Volume, Copenhagen 2011.

ICWDD – III, Helene Nyborg Contemporary, Copenhagen 2011.

ICWDD – II, Vegas Gallery, London 2010.

ICWDD – I, Chausseestraße 105, Berlin 2010.

(More exhibition info including participant list is posted at the bottom of the page.)

Work by Astrid Myntekær (DK)

In 1839, French artist Paul Delaroche famously declared, “from today, painting is dead.”  Since then such statements have been repeated many times, yet we still have painting and we still have art. In the age of information and technology overload, with our cultural globalisation and relativism we appear to have lost all faith in the power of things like art and philosophy, at least in some parts of the world. Have we somehow misplaced the meaning of our existence? While most contemporary voices are preoccupied with a dark view of the future and the meaning of art, ‘In Case We Don’t Die’ asks the question: What if creativity and art is the only thing that can save us?

‘Ceremony at the Pier’ by Bibi Katholm (DK)

“ These days potential catastrophes are everywhere you look. The world is so full of danger, threats, stress, overload and insecurity, and most of the time it feels very likely that we will all be dead soon, the only question is when and how, exactly? Assuming that we, against all odds, survive the terrifying pitfalls of the future that lies ahead, is creativity going to be the thing that saves us? Will our imagination become an escape route, a place where we can hide and pretend to be alive for real, or will it be the one thing that forcefully confronts us with the truth and gives us the strength needed to make a change? What kind of art would a generation of unlikely survivors produce, and where would they find their inspiration? What influence would surviving a catastrophe have on our values, ethics, and our perception of truth, and how might this influence visualize itself in the art of the future? ” 

This extract from the original exhibition proposal for the ICWDD project raises some important questions in relation to the connection between contemporary art and social politics and our collective concerns about a future that seems to appear more threatening with each passing day.

ICWDD, KPH Volume, Copenhagen 2011. Work by Shane Bradford

The following quote by UK artist Shane Bradford is his answer to the question I’ve posed by creating the ICWDD project:

” …we need a different type of illusionist to recreate the emptiness where the pure event of form can take place’ – Baudrillard
The apocalypse foretold in In Case We Don’t Die is a blessing. It pre-constructs Baudrillard’s necessary void, creating the conditions where possibilities of newness can begin to be tested. What once was perceived as post-modern complexity is now revealed instead, as a cancellation and painting can begin again, without the shackles of modernist preconception and expectation. Finally, the failure of painting is matched by the breakdown of society and painting is free… “

ICWDD, KPH Volume, Copenhagen 2011. Work by Alan-Ruiz

Exhibition view ICWDD, Vegas Gallery, London 2010.

Exhibition view ICWDD, Vegas Gallery, London 2010.

Work by Alex Hudson (UK)

Viva Ultra by Bibi Katholm

By creating ICWDD I was trying to locate all the little acupuncture points of anxiety that come together to form a pattern of nervous energy that seems to run through our late capitalist society like an electric current or a shooting pain. I wanted to instigate a discussion about future creative spaces, temporary creative communities, the current relationship between art and social politics, solidarity and the potential of the shared creative process.

Exhibition view ICWDD, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles C.A. 2013

Exhibition view ICWDD, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles C.A. 2013

Work by Devin Troy Strother (US)

Exhibition view ICWDD, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles C.A. 2013

Works by Mamma Andersson (SE) & Bibi Katholm (DK) – ICWDD, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles C.A. 2013

Exhibition view ICWDD, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles C.A. 2013

Exhibition view ICWDD, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles C.A. 2013

Exhibition view ICWDD, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles C.A. 2013

Works by Stephen Dunne (UK)

Exhibition View ICWDD, Chausseestraße 105, Berlin 2010.

Work by Alex Hudson (UK)

Exhibition view ICWDD, KPH Volume, Copenhagen 2011.

Performance by Moonbird, ICWDD, KPH Volume, Copenhagen 2011.

Work by Ralph Dorey (UK), ICWDD, KPH Volume, Copenhagen 2011.

Work by Bibi Katholm (DK)

Installing ICWDD, KPH Volume, Copenhagen 2011.

Performance by Dreamers, ICWDD, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles C.A. 2013

All shows were curated by artist Bibi Katholm. The London show at Vegas Gallery was co-curated with UK artist Shane Bradford. 


Exhibition history:

ICWDD, Chausseestraße 105, Tækker Immobilienverwaltung GmbH, Berlin 2010.
Berlin exhibition dates: 29th May – 12th June 2010
Artist line-up: Shane Bradford (UK), John Strutton (UK), Stephen Dunne (UK), Bibi Katholm (DK), Ida Kvetny (DK), Andreas Emenius (DK), Iben Toft Nørgård (DK), Wonderland (DK), Jacob Kirkegaard (DK), Ralph Dorey (UK), Alex Hudson (UK)

ICWDD, Vegas Gallery, London 2010.
London exhibition dates: 23rd July – 27th August 2010
Artist line-up: John Strutton (UK), Bibi Katholm (DK), Andreas Emenius (DK), Wonderland (DK), Ida Kvetny (DK), Ralph Dorey (UK), Iben Toft Nørgård (DK), Stephen Dunne (UK), Jacob Kirkegaard (DK), Pascal Rousson (CH/FR), Shane Bradford + James Lacey (UK)

ICWDD, Helene Nyborg Contemporary, Copenhagen 2011.
Copenhagen 1st exhibition dates: 18th March – 16th April 2011
Artist line-up: Bibi Katholm (DK), Andreas Emenius (DK), Shane Bradford (UK), Alex Hudson (UK), Pascal Rousson (CH/FR), Ida Kvetny (DK), Peter Rune Christiansen (DK), Jacob Kirkegaard (DK), Ralph Dorey (UK), Stephen Dunne (UK), John Strutton (UK)

ICWDD, KPH Volume, Enghavevej 82, Copenhagen 2011.
Copenhagen 2nd exhibition dates: 14th – 22nd October 2011
Artist line-up: Kasper Sonne (DK), Bibi Katholm (DK), Nick Jeffrey (UK), John Strutton (UK), Ida Kvetny (DK), Pascal Rousson (CH/FR), Shane Bradford (UK), Thomas Øvlisen (DK), Alex Hudson (UK), Astrid Myntekær (DK), Alan Ruiz (US), Andreas Emenius (DK), Ralph Dorey (UK)

ICWDD, Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles C.A. 2013
Los Angeles exhibition dates: March 30th – May 18th 2013
Artist line-up: Frohawk Two Feathers (US), Bibi Katholm (DK), Mamma Andersson (SE), Devin Troy Strother (US), Paco Pomet (ES), Mie Olise (DK), Ida Kvetny (DK), Monique Prieto (US), Christine Gray (US), Andreas Emenius (SE), Chris Natrop (US), Per Hüttner (SE), Troels Carlsen (DK), Jacob Kirkegaard (DK), Theis Wendt (DK), Mai Hofstad Gunnes (NO), Asger Carlsen (DK)