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Kunstraum exhibitions

Dangerous Bodies: Barbara Kapusta
12 October - 16 November
(PV 11 October 6:30 – 9pm)

To Ailsa Rock
Beatrice Loft Schulz and Lindsay McMillan
14 June – 28 July

Something soft: Julie Béna, Susie Green, Deniz Ünal & Zoe Williams
13 April – 25 May (PV 12 April, 6.30–9pm)

Nils Alix-Tabeling
Le Bétyle d’Ail
19 January – 22 February 2019

Anna Hulačová
Graceful ride
29 Sept – 24 Nov 2018

Shelly Nadashi
The Avocado Vampire
26 April – 9 June 2018

Mary Hurrell
2 (Aerial)
9 March – 14 April 2018

Von Calhau!
PHANTOM BLOT BACK TO ATTACK / MANCHA NEGRA VOLTA A ATACAR
12 January - 10 February 2018

Merike Estna
fragments from the shattered toe
29 September – 25 November 2017

Jennifer Tee
Structures of Recollection and Perseverance
1 July – 9 September 2017

Sophie Jung
Producing My Credentials
14 April – 27 May 2017

Olivier Castel
Communicating vessels
25 November 2016 - 11 February 2017

Vanitè
9 September – 5 November 2016

Jumana Emil Abboud
Haunted Springs and Water Demons in Palestine
14 May – 30 July 2016

Dorine van Meel
Disobedient Children
23 October – 19 December 2015

New Pabulum
Aline Bouvy and Simon Davenport
6 September - 10 October 2015

Alex Cecchetti
The printing house of hell
27 June - 22 August 2015

Barbara Visser
Manual/2: The Patient Artist
25 April – 13 June 2015

Unlearning to speak
Tyler Coburn, Luca Frei, Joachim Koester, Jacopo Miliani
28 February - 11 April 2015

Nicoline van Harskamp
25 October - 13 December 2014

Zin Taylor
The Tangental Zigzag
14 June – 26 July 2014

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Von Calhau!
PHANTOM BLOT BACK TO ATTACK / MANCHA NEGRA VOLTA A ATACAR
12 January - 10 February 2018


Curated by João Laia

For over a decade, Marta Ângela and João Artur have been collaborating under the (shifting) name of Von Calhau! (also known as Calhau or von Calhau, among others). Recalling this elusive signature, the duo’s practice flows between different formats and media, being mostly recognised by their performances and installations that consist of sound and moving image.

PHANTOM BLOT BACK TO ATTACK focuses on the idea-image-object of the Black Blob. The title references a 1980’s graffiti tag ‘mancha negra volta a atacar’ still visible on a wall in a Lisbon suburb, as well as the Walt Disney character the Phantom Blot, who got his own spin-off comic series between 1964 – 1966. The amorphous blob has been transformed into the disobedient inflatable object Von Calhau! use during some of their performances to scare the audience away. Now seemingly caught in an idle moment, the black blob slowly rises up and rests back down again. Showing an eerie relation between solid and gas-like states, the sleeping beast transforms from angry eyed ghost to gallery-sized presence. The elusive inky black phantom reappears to haunt the walls, casting a shadow over everything but the character’s white gloves and the comic’s sound effects.

Von Callhau!’s awareness of the world’s instability is reflected in their use of language, approached as a tool based in tacit agreement that is full of contradiction and in permanent transformation. Translating this understanding into ‘concrete poetry’, their work produces the humorous, surreal and visceral cosmos that Von Calhau! inhabit and propel.

Von Calhau!: PHANTOM BLOT BACK TO ATTACK / MANCHA NEGRA VOLTA A ATACAR is supported by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Portuguese Embassy in the UK and Instituto Camões, Portugal.

Von Calhau! in Art Review