TC McCormack & guest artists

06.03 – 01.10.2020


The Immense Ventriloquism – Part.2 presents new work by TC McCormack, and showcases new and existing works by guest artists: Clara Bausch, Matthew Burbidge, Ingo Gerken, Marie von Heyl, Michael Schultze, Raaf van der Sman & Oliver Zwink.

The second in a series of evolving exhibitions The Immense Ventriloquism – Part.2 explores the nature of display, the conditions of exhibiting and even how we look at art. Part artwork and part exhibition architecture: TC presents a hybrid-display structure at nationalmuseum, introducing a discrete sense of disorientation and altering our viewing experience. Featuring a series of suspended surfaces, the visual language of this soft structure speaks to the evasiveness of optical registers, dissembling patterns and an ungraspable slippage of surface.

This exhibition presents an intimate and immersive selection of prints, paintings and films, and when viewed collectively reveal liminal and emergent qualities. Certainly they elude and challenge any positional or situational play, this gathering of exquisite voices pass up on the measures: indeed they speak through us.

We are living through challenging times, The Immense Ventriloquism is sympathetic with that perceptible desire to re-mystify the world, to loosening the pervasive and persistent traditions of logic and reason, while recognizing that we ‘only sound and look like badly pronounced half-finished sentences’ *

The title The Immense Ventriloquism takes inspiration from a poem by Wallace Stevens, ‘Not Ideas About the Thing but the Thing Itself’ **


* from Burden of Dreams, documentary on the making of Fitzcarraldo, featuring Werner Herzog, directed by Les Blank, 1982
** ‘Not Ideas About the Thing but the Thing Itself’ The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens, Alfred A Knopf, New York 1954



all photos by Tim Lehmacher