The Man Without Qualities

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The Man Without Qualities

  • 1 May 2024 — 15 May 2024

Paris-based artist Victor Chakravarty’s piece The Man Without Qualities has been specially commissioned for Shoreditch Arts Club, and this will be the first time the piece will be screened in its original format.

The Man Without Qualities, an adaptation of Austrian author Robert Musil’s book, is structured as a triptych, meaning the image is split in three. Narrated as voice-over, the film’s premise is as follows: Nature, as an object of humans, has changed drastically due to climate change. Everything “natural” has been affected by human impact on the environment, and humans are now left in a world of culture(s). The original meaning of “nature” as a concept has thereby gone lost. All objects in the world are shaped by human intention, with utility as the primary aim. There is no longer any escape from the human, that is, from human influence and impact on nature.

For the occasion of the exhibition, an event will take place on the 8th of May between 6-11pm at Shoreditch Arts Club, 6 Redchurch St, London E2 7DD

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Victor Chakravarty (b. 1995) lives and works in Paris. His practice is interdisciplinary and includes film, installation, writing, music and performance. His research often focuses on collective memories and subjectivities, the intersection between vandalism and creation, anachronisms and temporal structures, and correspondence as a method for the creation of new vantage points.

He received a BFA in Literary Composition from HDK-VALAND, University of Gothenburg and MFA Fine Art under Dr Suhail Malik and Dr John Chilver from Goldsmiths, University of London with parallel studies in French at UCL, University College London.

Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at Goldsmiths, University of London, BAS CS Galerie in Berlin 2022 and a long-term exhibition at Rupture Arts & Books in Paris 2023 and at Funen Art Academy in 2024.

As a writer, he co-founded the Scandinavian literary journal Addenda and served as its editor for many years. His articles have been published in Germany, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Norway.

Since 2022, he has been collaborating with French producer Nicolas Subréchicot. The collaboration is expected to be presented in 2025.

Victor Chakravarty