December 06 – 20, 2016
Temporary Museum of Contemporary Art, Timișoara
Artists: Aura Bălănescu, Ciprian Chirileanu, Cosmin Haiaș, Marius Jurca, Livia Mateiaș, Liliana Mercioiu Popa, Maria Orosan Telea, Sorin Oncu, Iulia Pordea, Renée Renard, Petrică Ștefan, Daniel Tellman, Bogdan Tomșa, Nicolae Velciov
CONCEPT / Curator Cosmin Haiaș
Hidden Agenda is an Avantpost project whose title was imposed in a manner as abrupt and unexpected as the unfortunate event that caused his choice, namely the unpredictable and tragic disappearance of our friend Sorin Oncu, in a span of time so short that we were denied even the feeling of accepting the inevitable by granting a minimum period of resignation. Naturally, such a dramatic event initially generated feelings of helplessness, anger, rejection of evidence, followed in time by the need to understand the rules and levers of a court inaccessible to humanity.
Because an attempt to decipher these rules seems impossible, Hidden Agenda proposes a series of works constructed as a container of memory, but also as a conflict zone, a place that forces the deconstruction of affective processes, a space of interrogative discourse and, in the same time, a developer of the natural cycle of normalcy. The ambiguous title of the project, the ambiguous syntactic construction, suggests an area of discomfort through the opposition of the two terms of the expression. It confirms what Richard Rorty calls the contrast between words. In his research on language, he states that it acquires meaning precisely because of this effect of contrast between words. In our case, the agenda – identified as an external memory that contains all the information in a way accessible to the eye, followed by the secret gives that exclusion report that emphasizes the antithesis with the transparency of an agenda accessible to anyone. In a way, in the title of the project there are the ingredients of an insidious construction with sometimes negative connotations, which, going beyond the easy interpretation, makes the transfer to an obscure area of ambiguity subliminal. Even the definition of the expression, which proposes in one of the variants the following formulation: “The desire or plan to implement a certain idea without telling anyone even if it can affect people in a negative way”, suggests the idea of the futility of searches.
We will never know if we are contemporaries of a performance of cosmic dimensions, which implements a master plan of destinies, but if it exists, it certainly does not tread on the individual planes, on the mini-destinies imagined by each individual. We can say, without error, that the membership of individuals in the universal library of hidden agendas is not optional. After all, every individual invariably ultimately benefits from a hidden, secret and invisible agenda, different from the personal one imagined in a subjective way, always favorable to himself. The commemorative rhetoric of the visual construction proposed by the works offers a space of convergence of memory, interrogation and forgetting. The call to memory, the interrogation of the existence of a “deus ex-machina” type entity, of the intrusive agenda conceived by it as a viable solution of continuity, all try to group in this project, not as a stiff, fixed solution, but as a space. of reflection and, moreover, a dual space of interrogation, on the one hand on an “random” of unavoidable, and on the other hand, on a “given” as an inevitable performance.
Temporary Museum of Contemporary Art
Fine Arts and Design Faculty
West University of Timișoara
Enoteca de Savoya