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Suicide Narcissus
The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago (USA)

15.09 - 15.12.2013


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E-flux Press release


Maybe the Mayans weren't referring to an event but a mindset. Although the world did not end in 2012, climate change has forced us to think about our fate as a species, to confront the thought of our extinction wondering if we are an exception. Clearly, the grand evolutionary scheme of things tells us no. Human history relative to natural history amounts to a mere speck in time. The earth was here long before us, and it will be here long after us. Over the 3.5 billion years of life on earth, countless species have come and gone.













Exhibition  15 September - 15 December 2013. The Renaissance Society, Cobb Hall, 5811 South Ellis Avenue – Chicago IL 60637 (USA). Hours: Tuesday–Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday noon-5pm.

Suicide Narcissus, The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago

While this is a humbling thought, as the planet's dominant species, we are less defined by our humility and more by our chauvinism. The will to survive has become the right to survive, a right whose abuse has made startlingly clear the fragile parameters governing terrestrial life. Our ecological crisis taints all facets of our relationship to nature such that culture and our quest for knowledge can only be juxtaposed against reflections on folly, catastrophe and death. Featuring eight artists, Suicide Narcissus is a group exhibition meant to serve as a contemporary vanitas.


Artists: Thomas Baumann, Haris Epaminonda & Daniel Gustav Cramer, Katie Paterson, Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch, Lucy Skaer, and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané


Founded in 1915, the Renaissance Society is a non-collecting museum of contemporary art committed to supporting artists through exhibitions, the commissioning of new work, and the production of criticism in publications and interdisciplinary education programs. All programs are admission-free and open to the public.




Daniel Steegman Mangrané, 16mm, 2009–2011. 16mm film, color, synchronized 5.1 digital sound, 5:26 minutes.

Daniel Steegman Mangrané, 16mm, 2009–2011. 16mm film, color, synchronized 5.1 digital sound, 5:26 minutes.