"The crowd not only acts upon the human being who is inside it and exposed to it, its agency within him persists when he is alone and isolated, and its effect on him is sometimes strongest in his greatest isolation.” Elias Canetti
Clemens von Wedemeyer’s new films undertake a probing exploration of the phenomenon of human crowds. What happens when they grow exponentially? How can their behavior be predicted, and how can it be controlled? What distinguishes digital hordes from physical ones? And how is the individual human being part of a crowd, or many crowds, even in isolation.
The current situation lets us see the themes of Majorities, a recent exhibition of Wedemeyer’s work at Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, and In Gesellschaft (In Society), a show at Kunstmuseum Luzern that closed in February, in a different light. In collaboration with Clemens von Wedemeyer, KOW releases the films from the Berlin-based artist’s most recent cycle in the inaugural presentation of a new series of KOW ISSUES ONLINE.