The exhibition 'The Unruly Apparatus' presents the end result of a six-month research project at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. The research project brought together a group of eleven young researchers to map out the possible meeting points between sculpture and photography and to react to them in a visual way. Where do these two practices meet, where do they come into conflict with each other and how can new, challenging work emerge from this friction? The finished works show exactly what this process of mutual contamination has led to: photographs lose their transparency, become sturdy objects or acquire a sculptural quality, while sculptures arise from photographic processes or play with optical effects. The exhibition confronts the works of the young researchers with some reference works by artists who have inspired their research.
The exhibition features work by Thomas Ruff, Sine Van Menxel, Ine Kools, Filip Vervaet, Bram Rinkel, Spiros Hadjadjanos, Anton Cotteleer, Elias Asselbergh, Walead Beshty, Fabien Silvestre Suzor, Athar Jaber, Liesbet Grupping, Bernard Voïta, Aglaia Konrad, Kaat Somers, Azuli Peeters, Geert Goiris, Alix Manon, Seth Price, Bernadette Zdrazil, Miguel Cipriano and Wade Guyton.