The notion of Ex-future, coined by Miguel Unamuno, was a lament not so much on the future but on the present, „that horrifying historical present“. „How horrible it is to live in expectation, imagining every day what can happen on the next. Or what can not happen!“ This consciousness of the historical present is exacerbated in moments we feel as liminal, in the decisive moments. The paradox of having the certainty of inhabiting such moments by acknowledging the uncertainty they provoke is what generates the vertigo so characteristic of the moments that are felt as final. The lecture will review Mendizabal‘s works and punctuate some ideas on the form of History, sculpture and trees.


Asier Mendizabal is an artist based in Bilbao. His practice is fundamentally attached to sculpture, but also includes diverse media and procedures, or written word. Recent solo exhibitions: Raven Row, London, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, DAE, San Sebastian, MACBA Barcelona and Culturgest in Lisbon. Mendizabal has taken part, among others, in the 31st Bienal de Sao Paulo, the 54th Venice Biennale, Manifesta 5, and the Taipei Biennial.


Die Zukunft des Vergangenen. Künstlervorträge im Sommersemester 2017 – Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach, 16.05. – 13.06.2017. Konzipiert von Sebastian Mühl