17 February – 24 March 2012
IF YOU EXPECT TO RATE AS A GENTLEMAN, DO NOT EXPECTORATE ON THE FLOOR (Curated by Linus Elmes) + SCREENING PROGRAM
If You Expect To Rate as a Gentleman, Do Not Expectorate On the Floor is the third autonomous and last coordinate in a series of exhibitions with these works – in London, New York, and Oslo – accompanied by the publication What I Need To Do Is Lighten the Fuck Up About a Lot Of Shit with texts by Mark Beasley, Todd Colby, and Linus Elmes. At UKS a site-specific version of Vitale’s Burned Bridge functions as the leading element. This spatially, heavily metaphorical and theatrical installation indicates a different world from those in previously circulated versions and could be seen as a new extension of Vitale’s practice.
The exercise of raising material into new realms functions not only as a deconstruction but also as a construction of another world. Instead of individual objects containing encapsulated meaning, this is a conversation of cursors insinuating a threatening and violent landscape on the verge of collapse.
During the exhibition four of Vitale’s videos are screened in the cinema; Patron – 2010 (8:38), That Brute Beasts Make Use of Reason – 2007 (2:27), I Know Who I Am (with M. Portnoy and T. Fivel) – 2005 (19:23) and Battle for the Hurled – 2009 (2:29)