The Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds: 20 proposals for imagining the future

This exhibition’s title is taken from a visionary essay by the Scottish author Alexander Trocchi, published in Internationale Situationiste in January 1963. Recognising creativity as the major force of the modern economy, Trocchi urges a cultural revolt that seizes “the grids of expression and the powerhouses of the mind.” The Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds – produced by rekalde – takes this spirit of emancipation as the starting point for a presentation of artistic proposals for social transformation.

The Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds includes works and new productions by 20 artists and artists groups from different historical and geographical contexts. Working from the knowledge that social space is not a thing among other things, or a product among other products, art constitutes a difference in the public sphere. The exhibition discusses the frictions and conflicts of contemporary society, as well as providing attempts to imagine models for the future. By connecting individual bodies and minds, artistic practice becomes a sharing of experience – a collective pedagogy reflecting people’s work and dreams. Key questions explored by the exhibition are: What is the place and possibility of the artistic imagination? How does art narrate utopia – and its failure? How can contemporary society connect to the future? Through electronic music, murals, playgrounds, constructivist children drawings, a protest garden and an archive, the exhibition opens up the gallery space to the urban space of Bilbao.

Participating artists:
Christian Andersson / Art & Language / Fikret Atay / Jacques-Louis David presented by Dominique Lora / Luca Frei and Xabier Salaberria / Anita Fricek / Peter Friedl / El Lissitzky / Kasimir Maliévich / Begoña Muñoz / Deimantas Narkevicius / Palle Nielsen / Nils Norman / Adrian Piper / Tere Recarens / Jonas Maria Schul / Bruno Serralongue / Solmaz Shahbazi / Tommy Stockel

Curators: Lars Bang Larsen, Carles Guerra and Chus Martinez.

The Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds: 20 proposals for imagining the future
10.03.2005 – 05.06.2005

Sala Rekalde
Bilbao, Spain


Palle Nielsen, Model for a Qualitative Society, Moderna Museet, Stockholm 1968