Christopher Williams



Christopher Williams
Radio/Rauhfaser/Television
Neubauer Collegium




08.02.2024 - 19.04.2024
Radio / Rauhfaser / Television offers a provisional summation of Christopher Williams’s ongoing research into contemporary mutations of social realism. The exhibition is centered in part on the politically engaged theater of the German playwright Franz Xaver Kroetz. Williams recently recorded Kroetz’s 1972 radio play Inklusive using vintage audio equipment from both East and West Germany, and the play will be broadcast on Chicago’s Lumpen Radio (105.5 FM) at several points during the show’s run. The strong sense of class consciousness in Kroetz’s work is hinted at in Williams’s use of Rauhfaser, an archetypal brand of German wallpaper steeped in social semantics. A single photograph and four hand-painted glass signs hang in the gallery alongside historical documents displayed in six purpose-built vitrines. Its modest scale notwithstanding, the exhibition has an almost manifesto-like quality to it, outlining both Williams’s overarching intellectual passions – an interrogation of the way in which our visual culture is both staged and seen – and the timeless question of art’s relation to societal questions.