Sharing as Caring (2012-)

 

Sharing as Caring is a series of exhibitions in a small format. It was initiated at the Heidelberg Kunstverein in 2012. The series was launched as a sequence of exhibitions, with the intention to counteract media speculation surrounding the incidents in and around Fukushima, after March 11, 2011.

Sharing as Caring began with the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima; however, the exhibition project does not limit its scope to the incident of the nuclear power plant, it also encompasses all the disasters following the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011. From the beginning, this was important for the curatorial framework. The project recognizes the name “Fukushima” does not succeed to grasp the whole catastrophe, and also understood it as only one aspect of a more fundamental problem in the intricate structure of contemporary societies, therefore aims at rethinking relations between human, nature, and technology; it touches on postwar politics and economy as well as on systematic processes of thinking that are rooted in modernity – the logic and the directionality of thinking from intention over reasoning to result.

By relaying the detailed effects of the disaster in Fukushima, the project has explored the contemporary mode of being in the intricate relations between economies, politics, technology and emotions. Over these last five years, the project gradually developed under different exhibition subtitles: Presence for the Future, Fukushima-Heidelberg Shiori Project I, II, Giving Form to Invisible Realities, and Beyond Documentation. In 2017, the project was reinitiated as a collaboration with the visual artist Susan Turcot and the filmmaker Angelika Levi in order to explore multiple forms of investigation; e.g. workshops, making short films, collective texts, and curating.