"Every Decade Memory Poses as a Container Heavier than its Carrier", 2013"
We live, as the science fiction writer William Gibson puts it, in a culture addicted to the future. No matter whether it looks like a hightech paradise or a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the future is always the setting for a new beginning. At first glance, the title of Magdy’s »Artist of the Year« 2016 exhibition at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle seems to fit into this scheme: »The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings.« But the exact opposite is the case. It is an ironic allusion to humanity, which untiringly makes the same mistakes. All of the nameless and bodiless protagonists of Magdy’s films and the survivors who explore futuristic buildings in his works on paper are forced to reenact their history again and again. The societies he portrays in his 2014 filmtrilogy »The Many Colors of the Sky Radiate Forgetfulness,« »The Everyday Ritual of Solitude Hatching Monkeys,« and »The Dent« are bankrupt, entangled in absurd rituals of preserving the past or megalomaniac projects. His installation »In the Grave of Intergalactic Utopia« (2006) in the studio of the KunstHalle is a swan song of dreams of reaching the stars and the space race in the postwar era. The journey ends with a slapstick-like crash landing.