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Der Kula Ring | Foto Newell Harry

Der Kula Ring | Foto Newell Harry
Aesthetic considerations of sharing and exchange as part of the Kultursymposium Weimar 2016

How is “the sharing game” played in other parts of the world? Are there cultures of commerce that do not rely on the principle of profit?

The Kula Ring art exhibition is based on a ritual exchange of gifts among inhabitants of the Trobriand Islands in Papua New Guinea. Today, necklaces made of little red shells still circulate clockwise from island to island. The meaning of these artistic objects is unknown. They are highly valuable but not sellable.
This ancient cultural practice called “kula” is being taken up by artists from around the world and given a visual and tactile dimension through aesthetic means of expression. Their works question conventional ideas of trade, value, exchange and profit and put the meaning of creative production and the sale of art up for discussion. They have produced art works of many forms: found items, swapped objects, photographs, exotic spices and ancient Asian dishes.

The new works will be presented for the first time at the Kultursymposium Weimar 2016 at Galerie Eigenheim. Initiated by the Goethe-Institut Singapore, the exhibition enhances the symposium by an aesthetic dimension and offers insights into the diverse cultures of the “sharing game.”

Curated by Alfons Hug

With works by
Renata de Bonis (Brazil), Reynier Leyva Novo (Cuba), Newell Harry (Australia), Donna Ong (Singapore), Samuel Herzog (Switzerland), Thomas Rentmeister (Germany), Roslisham Ismail (Malaysia), Jennifer Teo, Woon Tien Wei (Post Museum, Singapore)