The Registry of Promise is a series of exhibitions that reflect on our increasingly fraught relationship with what the future may or may not hold in store for us. These exhibitions engage and play upon the various readings of promise as something that simultaneously anticipates a future, its fulfillment or lack thereof, as well as a kind of inevitability, both positive or negative.
Taking place over the course of approximately one year, “The Registry of Promise” consists of four autonomous, inter-related exhibitions, which can be read as individual chapters in a book. It was inaugurated by “The Promise of Melancholy and Ecology” at the Fondazione Giuliani, Rome, in May which is followed by “The Promise of Multiple Temporalities” at Centre Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-Les-Eaux, then “The Promise of Moving Things” at le Credac, Ivry, and will conclude with “The Promise of Literature, Soothsaying and Speaking in Tongues” at De Vleeshal, Middelburg.
The third part of The Registry of Promise, curated by Chris Sharp, “The Promise of Moving Things” deals with the so-called life of objects in our current prepost-apocalyptic paradigm.
- Nina Canell, Treetops, Hillsides and Ditches, 2011
- Hans Schabus, Konstruktion des Himmels, 1994
- Mandla Reuter, The Agreement, Vienna, 2011