“TENET” Exhibition

Swiss Institute Contemporary Art

poster for “TENET” Exhibition

This event has ended.

Swiss Institute reopens with TENET, a time-based media program that follows a summer when blockbusters never arrived at their intended destinations. Publicity for a highly anticipated movie suggested a story about a secret intelligence program to alter time. The movie poster tagline read: “TIME RUNS OUT,” but then time changed.

In 2020, temporality was dramatically altered for many people across the globe – from pauses and delays, to the recursive forms of replay time associated with trauma and disaster, to the portals to alternative futures that appear to open up in moments of societal change. The works in TENET explore timelines as part of their intrinsic structure by using repetition, rewinding, speeding up, slowing down, and other forms of editing and reworking to transform existing materials. The program features works by Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Moyra Davey, Yu Honglei and Steffani Jemison.

Each work will be on view at SI for a week and then return for a second showing in the reverse order.


September 9 – September 13
October 28 – November 1
Jibade-Khalil Huffmann
ZERO, 2020
Single channel video, color, sound
72 min 25 sec
Courtesy of the artist and Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles

September 16 – September 20
October 21 – October 25
Moyra Davey
Fifty Minutes, 2006
Digital video with sound
50 min 37 sec
Courtesy of the artist; greengrassi, London; and Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne/New York

September 23 – September 27
October 14 – October 18
Yu Honglei
15’36”, 2019
Video, color, sound
15 min 36 sec
Courtesy of the artist; Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin; and Antenna Space, Shanghai

September 30 – October 4
October 7 – October 11
Steffani Jemison
Same Time, 2013
Two-channel sound installation
77 min
Courtesy of the artist



from September 09, 2020 to November 01, 2020

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