6 - 22 September 2017


Lourdes Apartments, North End Road, W14 9NU London










Unprejudiced curiosity, vision and openness have always been the main drivers for explorers, scientists and artists to discover the unknown. While medialization offers an incredible variety of secondary knowledge, it may suggest the needlessness of primary experiences. But with virtual reality comes the knowledge of the essential importance of original encounters.

This exhibition projects aim is to create a variety of first hand experiences for the public – and involve them to co-create the body of work.

In a time where our world’s cultures are shaken by xeno-phobic aggression and exclusive behaviour it becomes more important than ever to re-activate the xeno-phile and inclusive capacity of human civilization. This is why XENO introduces collaborative strategies of work and encounter. The collaborations will involve the public for the production of collective archives.

The Exhibition concept is developed and curated by Andreas Kattner, who has specialized in the development of collaborative art production in art spaces, public spaces and in art academies.
The artists Song Jing, Noémi Kiss and Andreas Kattner all have a migration background and intend to explore the Chinese culture by creating archives of identities in collaboration with the public.

The project will be initialized in London and will then travel to different countries as a growing archive.




We all know it from various CSI crime series: Hair, body fluids or fingerprints are used in forensic labs of crime scene investigations to identify suspects or victims. In the context of this exhibitions the same traces of bodies serve the purpose to describe a society of common sense and individual qualities.





Song Jing’s artistic research will be based on communication while chewing gums with and without visitors; she will question cultural and human differences and connections, as well as reflect the changes of time structures of the modern society. The amount of participants will determine the size of the work, which will grow through frequent participation.




Noémi Kiss will invite visitors to contribute spontanious scribbles; she will also invite many more people to bring some of their hair; this hair will be used by the artist to create huge versions of the visitor’s scribbles in the project space. The amount of participants will again determine the size of the work, which will grow if many people participate.




Andreas Kattner will invite people to shake hands; a portion of clay will be positioned in between their hands; this way every handshake will produce an individual combination of two lifelines. The more people participate, the bigger this work will grow, just like the other two works.




SONG JING is born in China and based in Vienna since 2002. The work of the artist is based on photography and on the other hand on her interest in asian and western philosophy. The performative act represents another essential feature of their workings. For example, Song Jing describes chewing as a meditative momentum, which gives an opportunity to observe the environment and to absorb the atmosphere. The testing of artistic strategies as well as experimenting with materials and technology always leads to new, specific results that are interwoven and fused in her artistic works.


NOÉMI KISS is born in Székelykeresztúr in Transsylvania, Romania and lives in Vienna since 1986. The philosopher, architect and artist Noémi Kiss devotes herself primarily to materiality that relies on the gentle collision of incompatibility. She transforms the material into new meanings and achieves a new appreciation of seemingly well known objects. Her refreshingly sensuous play of grown and made things evokes a cheerfulness, that invites us to rethink our ideas of materiality on the one hand - and on the other hand the value that we are willing to give nature.


The artist, unversity lecturer and curator ANDREAS KATTNER was born in Hamburg with Serbian roots from his mother's side - so that he, as he emphasized, masters three native languages: German, Serbian and drawing - as a transnational language. On the basis of his studies of fine arts, conceptual art and artistry with the emphasis on collaborative learning and interaction is an essential feature of his artistic work, since these enable him to implement his aesthetic ideas in the tension field of the inter-relationship between artist and recipient. This is partly in cooperation with other artists and through curatorial concepts, partly as an interactive collaboration with the audience - him serving as an initiator of an artistic process - mainly in the form of interactive installations. Kattner is Professor for communication strategies at Staffordshire University. He is offering experimentsl classes in collaborative communication and arts for universities and other institutions in order to elaborate and explore the language of cllaborative arts forms in shared learning environments.



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