In conversation with curator Susanne Weiß.
Adrien Missika’s MOTUS is a mobile exhibition display in the form of a bicycle, which the artist will use to present several Fluxus works as part of the exhibition and in public space. His pop-up shows featuring work by artists such as Joseph Beuys and Nicolás García Uriburu, John Cage, Geoffrey Hendricks and Takako Saito will take place at different locations in the city and in the Brandenburg countryside. Inspired both by the humour an the socio-political critiques found in said artists’ works and actions, Missika activates several of them in different ways, for example by inviting visitors to a chess game featuring works by Takako Saito or by placing a poster by Endre Tót outside of the Neue Nationalgalerie.
Adrien Missika’s work creates short-circuits between art and nature in various formats such as video, photography, sculpture and actions. He creates instructions for caring for plants in public space, interventions in botanical gardens as well as scans of living plants. His approach is as playful and poetic as it is drastic in its hypotheses, successfully providing concrete illustrations of wide-ranging phenomena such as species extinction and climate change. Conscious of the permanent state of flux in which all things exist, he often uses found materials.
Adrien Missika (*1981 in France) is an artist and a gardener. He studied fine arts at the Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne after studying law at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. He is co-founder of the gallery 1M3 in Lausanne and artistic director of the project space Belo Campo in Lisbon. He lives in Berlin. He most recently exhibited work at Akademie-Galerie, Düsseldorf (2022); Pavillon Vendôme, Clichy, (FR, 2022); Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon, (PT, 2022); Kunsthalle Wien (AT, 2020); Matsutake Gallery, Paris (FR, 2019); and Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, (MX, 2018).