curated by_ ADAM CARR


Suspected Artists:
Meriç Algün Ringborg, Christian Burnoski, Sean Edwards, Ryan Gander, Leopold Kessler, Jonathan Monk, Alek O., Kirsten Pieroth, Wilfredo Prieto

Alfred Rupf, Criminologist and former head colonel of the police department of Airport Vienna, Schwechat

21.9. - 25.10.2012


  • Kirsten Pieroth
  • Jonathan Monk, Leopold Kessler
  • Ryan Gander
  • Alek O.
  • Detective Alfred Rupf
  • Christian Burnoski, Kirsten Pieroth, Alek O.
  • Christian Burnoski


curated by_vienna 2012: art or life. aesthetics and biopolitics
Galerie Andreas Huber curated by_Adam Carr:


How do we look at and interpret works of art? To what extent does the role of
mediation within an exhibition govern, frame and impact upon our viewing 
experience? What would happen if information surrounding and part of an 
exhibition, particularly texts interpreting the artwork on display, were written 
by an individual whose profession is not synonymous with the visual arts? And 
what if the artworks on display would find in this individual and their 
interpretation a necessary guide for the viewer – a lens through which the 
artworks and the exhibition itself might need to be seen and understood? These 
are some of central aspects and features of the exhibition Detective and 
questions that it puts to test, presenting artworks that alight from and connect 
with such aspects, together with the installation of the exhibition and the 
mediation material it involves .

On the installation of the exhibition, a detective has been invited to visit the 
gallery and investigate the artworks on view. He has written a number of reports 
on each artwork that describe how they been achieved and by whom. To support 
each of the detective’s statements and their overall task, evidence surrounding 
the artists – detailing their practice, previous works and biography – was 
supplied to him prior to his visit. The detective’s resulting reports are placed 
inside the gallery space for public view and are be accompanied by 
documentation of his visit.

While the detectives’ reports act to assist the viewer, the exhibition also insists 
that viewers scrutinize the works on view carefully for themselves – to look and 
to look again, in order to draw individual conclusions and to ‘solve’ what exactly 
has taken place in the exhibition and by whom. The artworks, by a range of 
international artists, include both new commissions and existing work, all of 
which deliberately obscure simplistic readings and rather elicit the viewer to 
imagine, detect and almost solve how they may have been accomplished

Detective gives an opportunity for artwork to exist and be presented outside of 
the frameworks in which they are most commonly exhibited, mediated and 
studied. Colliding the boundaries between art, its documentation and 
interpretation, it also emphasizes new possibilities for the viewer, offering a 
unique exhibition experience. The exhibition and the works its involve look at 
how somebody else could write and help form a viewer’s experience of an 
exhibition; how a viewer could see artworks and be guided through an exhibition 
through somebody else’s eyes.

The exhibition draws an analogy between how a curator might look and analyze 
an object of art differently from other people and how a detective might do the 
same with an object or situation, and fuses these two separate ways of looking 

Adam Carr