TEASING MINDS (exhibition, workshops, public
events, filmprogram, publication), 2004,
Kunstverein Munchen. With Ibon Aranberri, Bik
Van der Pol, Copenhagen Free University,
Fucking Good Art, Andrea Geyer, Dominique
Gonzalez-Foerster, Steven Vukovic and others.
A workshop entitled Challenging The
Conservative Brain was run by Stealth.
Exhibition design by Bik Van der Pol and Maria
Neuropsychologist Ernst Pöppel states that
although the human brain is perfectly equipped
to register differences, if not sufficiently
challenged, it will show a natural tendency to
act conservatively. Pöppel’s statement coupled
with a more general interest in the cultural
and urban developments in cities, was a
starting point for TEASING MINDS. The resulting
questions were explored in relation to the
specific context of Munich through workshops,
public events and in a publication. A number of
art projects, an art magazine, a publisher, and
a series of film screenings approached similar
questions but from different points of view.
TEASING MINDS is part of the School of Missing
Studies (SMS). SMS is an international network
of artists, architects, curators, and
theoreticians, and aims to provide a flexible
platform for international study and exchange
on cultural issues related to the urban
environment in cities, which have been marked
by or are currently undergoing political,
social, and cultural transition. SMS does this
through facilitating in-depth research and
projects by participants who would not
otherwise come in contact with each other.
SMS projects are developed in the cities of
Belgrade, Munich, Rotterdam, Zurich, and New
This SMS project for Munich was initiated by
Bik Van der Pol and Stealth Unlimited in
collaboration with Kunstverein München.