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Filmstill: Tubs, Sven Boeck, 2020

Short Films Sven Boeck

Sven Boeck was born in Berlin in 1965. After training as a mechanic and working as a camera assistant, assistant director and editor for GDR television, Sven Boeck studied directing at an external technical college from 1987. In 1990, together with other partners from the media industry, he founded the company KOPPFILM, of which he was managing director until 2010. After retraining as a tax clerk, he has worked at the satirical magazine Eulenspiegel as managing director and publishing director since 2015.

SMV 8.5, 2022, length: 11:24

The Selective Microvoltmeter is a receiver and measuring device for high-frequency signals. As a mechanic apprentice at VEB Messelektronik I assembled devices like this one. I bought one on eBay at the beginning of the year. With pictures from the device and sounds received from it, I remember my time as a mechanic.

Advice: Christina Schmidt

Stopmotion 1985, 1985/2020 Length: 1:53

A find while dubbing old film material. This attempt from 1985 on 16mm film with a Russian Krasnogorsk camera is damaged by light at the mirror aperture. The film reel remained uncut at my place, so unlike my completed early experimental works, it did not go to waste when Koppfilm was liquidated. The music is by Hans Schanderl (www.hansschanderl.de).

Tubes, 2020 Length: 5:33

A local history walk along heating pipes in Berlin. Aerial shots via Google Earth Pro, music: Hans Schanderl, consulting: Christina Schmidt, David Jeremy Achilles.

Driving a car GDR 1988, 2019 Length: 7:16

Material from my video installation for the exhibition “Memo Abacus” in May 2019 in Berlin. The photos were taken by me in 1988. The traffic moves past us endlessly, the drivers move from light to dark.

OSTKREUZ – Susanne no longer lives here, 2022, length: 12:16

I’ve known the area around Ostkreuz station for a long time. When we moved there at the end of 2019 with the satirical magazine “Eulenspiegel” (for which I work), I remembered the story I wrote about Susanne and this area thirty years earlier. Susanne no longer lives here, but in a dream I met her again when she visited the place of her childhood. Author, camera and direction: Sven Boeck, editing: Jürgen Winkelblech

LENINGRAD – The Pictures Shine with Certainty of Victory, 2020, length: 5:17

A few dozen slides (one from Volgograd), a tourist’s souvenir purchase in the seventies, the colours bleached at the edges by chemical vapours, superimposed by me they begin to glow in surreal colours. Is that still socialist realism? Music: Hans Schanderl www.hansschanderl.de

Wall, 2020 Length: 4:55

Thoughts at the Berlin Wall memorial. Advice: Christina Schmidt, marine images from aboard the MV Ocean Viking in the central Mediterranean, (c) Flavio Gasperini/ SOS MEDITERRANEE and from www.pexels.com

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50 Years of Utopia

Holger Biermann, Thomas Bruns, Marula Di Como,

Birgit Szepanski, Lukas Troberg

The exhibition 50 Years of Utopia opens on 30 August 2022 at 7 p.m. and shows, until 23 November 2022, a view with artistic means of the urban structure Fennpfuhl.How does it live in the built utopia?

Holger Biermann captures everyday life in this area with his situational street photography; he moved around Fennpfuhl for weeks to find the motifs.

Thomas Brun‘s room-high architectural photographs convey the breathtaking urbanity of the area. He combines them with photographs of the sculptures and leisure activities from the Fennpfuhl Park.

Marula Di Como and Birgit Szepanski refer to historical aspects of the high-rise housing estate in their installation works.

Marula Di Como uses wooden elements to update decision-making moments in the planning and development of the neighbourhood. In her textile installation, Birgit Szepanski deals with the reality of homelessness, which was not visible in Fennpfuhl in the GDR and is only partially visible today.

Lukas Troberg turns the functional architecture of the area into a theme and stages ventilation pipes, bent bollards and protective hoops as extravagant guests of the exhibition.

They visibly don’t care what others think and stage their exclusivity in an overly conspicuous way. So much so that one could get the impression that they chose their appearance with the public in mind, from whom they actually wanted to distance themselves…

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Picture: Uwe Jonas, 250 Jahre Humboldt, Humboldt-Forum, September 2019

ALLES IV

The exhibition ALLES IV opens on 21 June 2022 at 7 p.m. and provides an insight into the work of the visual arts with works ranging from photography to oil painting, as well as sculptures and videos, until 24 August 2022.

It is always a concern of the studio im HOCHHAUS to show the current trends in the visual arts in order to offer the residents of Neu-Hohenschönhausen the opportunity to gain an insight into current art production away from the hotspots of the art scene.

The studio in the HOCHHAUS fills its rooms to the rafters with ALLES the participating artists have to offer, representing a range of creativity that enables every visitor to become aware of works that he or she likes. The exhibition also demands time and calmness from the visitors to wander through the rooms, to stroll, and thus to be able to discover something new again and again.

With: Sonja Alhäuser – Michelle Alperin & Joe Neave – Elisabeth Ajtay – Nándor Angstenberger – Martin Assig – bankleer – Heike Kati Barath – Claudia Barcheri – Horst Bartnig – Jürgen Baumann – Michael Bause – Kai-Annett Becker – Matthias Beckmann – Nora Below – Benjamin Berkow – Holger Biermann – Boisseau & Westermeyer – Manuel Bonik – Patrick Borchers – Gunnar Borbe – Kai Bornhöft – Nick Bötticher – David Braithwaite – Thomas Bruns – Ingmar Bruhn – Astrid Busch – Dirk Busch – Alexander Callsen/Boris Jöns – Salomé Chkheidze-Mohs – Herbert De Colle – Marula di Como – Chris Costan – Swen Daemen – Henrike Daum – Ole Debovary – Dellbrügge & de Moll – Helmut Dick – Andreas Drewer – Irena Eden & Stijn Lernout – Manfred Eichhorn – Jürgen Eisenacher – Dana Engfer – Carola Ernst – Sabine Fassl – Christel Fetzer – Frederik Foert – Franziska Frey – Sabine Friesicke – Catherine Gerberon – Ingo Gerken – Katrin Glanz – Christian Grosskopf – Thorsten Goldberg – Carola Göllner – Kerstin Gottschalk – Reinhold Gottwald – Massoud Graf–Hachempour – Kim Dotty Hachmann & Ginny Sykes – Ulrich Hakel – Zandra Harms – Klaus Hartmann – Lisa Haselbek – Michael Hauffen – Tanja Hehn – Tina Isabella Hild – Gerhard Himmer – Annika Hippler – Alekos Hofstetter – Birgit Hölmer – Ralf Homann – Fabian Hub – Irène Hug – Franziska Hünig – Anja Ibsch – Andrea Imwiehe – Verena Issel – Gunilla Jähnichen – Zora Janković – Gabriele Jerke – Uwe Jonas – Jae-Eun Jung – Yuki Jungesblut – Nikos Kalaitzis – Martin Kaltwasser – Mi Jean Kang – Judith Karcheter – Peter Kees – Werner Kernebeck – Annette Kisling – Ulrike & Günther-Jürgen Klein – Andreas Knäbel – Win Knowlton – Andreas Koch – Silke Koch – Susanne Kohler – Eva–Maria Kollischan – Karen Koltermann – Marcel Kopp – Ruppe Koselleck – Andreas Kotulla – Inge Krause – Käthe Kruse – Annette Kuhl – Susanne Kutter – Kim Eun Kyoung – Chantal Labinski – Michael Lapuks – Seraphina Lenz – Pia Linz – Agnes Lörincz – Petra Lottje – Antonia Low – Liz Magno – Enikö Márton – Rei Matsushima – Matthias Mayer – Udo Meinel – Manfred Michl – Hanako Miyamoto – Ulrike Mohr – Mariella Mosler – Leo de Munk – Berit Myrebøe – Christophe Ndabananiye – Silvia Nettekoven – Ursula Neugebauer – Gertrud Neuhaus – Gabriele Obermaier – Lorcan O’Byrne – Mayumi Okabayashi – Juergen O. Olbrich – Jürgen Palmtag – Jürgen Paas – Günther Pedrotti – Roman Pfeffer – Pfelder – Andrea Pichl – Torsten Prothmann – Katja Pudor – Emily Pütter – Maria-Leena Räihälä – Andrea van Reimersdahl – Roland Reiter – Mirja Reuter – Gerda Riechert – Kai Richter – Renèe Ridgway – Matthias Roth – rasso rottenfusser – Robert Rudigier – Andreas Sachsenmaier – Maike Sander – Matthias Schamp – Gisela Schattenburg – Alexandra Schlund – An Seebach – Olivia W. Seiling – Daniel Seiple – Spunk Seipel – Fabian Seiz – Soji Shimizu – Soyoung Shon – Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag – Elisabeth Sonneck – Christina Speer – Petra Spielhagen – Ute Sroka – Anne Staszkiewicz – Alexander Steig – Christian Stock – Stock‘n‘Wolf – Tommy Støckel – Kamil Sobolewski – ststs – Sven Stuckenschmidt – Betty Stürmer – Max Sudhues – Caro Suerkemper – Lorant Szathmary – Gaby Taplick – Anke Teichel – Thea Timm – Peter Torp – Lukas Troberg – Andrea Übelacker – Anne Ullrich – Timm Ulrichs – Anke Völk – Klaus Walter – Christine Weber – Ute Weiss Leder – Markus Willeke – HS Winkler – René Wirths – Andreas Wolf – Gisela Wrede – Simone Zaugg – Barbara Zenner – Maike Zimmermann – Edgar Zippel – Sandra Zuanovic

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Bild: Matthias Roth, Landscape I, videostill 

With contributions from:

Michelle Alperin & Joe Neave, Boisseau & Westermeyer, Patrick Borchers, Henrike Daum, Helmut Dick, Andreas Drewer, Kim Dotty Hachmann & Ginny Sykes, Yuki Jungesblut, Peter Kees, Ruppe Koselleck, Hanako Miyamoto, Matthias Roth und Stock‘n‘Wolf

Nervous Belly, 2020/2022

Michelle Alperin & Joe Neave

2:18 min, no sound

Each image in the video Nervous Belly by Michelle Alperin and Joe Neave was individually hand-drawn on paper. Nervous Belly is about intimacy: a woman wants to rub her husband’s belly and he wants her to rub it. But he doesn’t want her to notice his roundness. For this reason, he tries to pull his belly in before she lifts his shirt. Sometimes he manages to pull his belly in before she lifts his T-shirt, but sometimes she is quicker and the curves are exposed. Either way, she rubs his belly and puts them both in a soothing, hypnotic state of bliss. Why be ashamed when you can have so much pleasure?

 

Der Freie Mensch – mit KI, 2019

Boisseau & Westermeyer

7:43 min

“Man asks – the machine answers” forms the initial dispositive with which Boisseau & Westermeyer confront their main character ƒ. What happens when the content of information is optimised and access to it is possible and unlimited at all times? Does the algorithm know ƒ better than ƒ knows himself? Can ƒ’s personality still be proven at all? Is the view with which he looks at himself still his own or has it become that of the algorithm? Are his expectations his own or has he already internalised the algorithm? The questions of the Free Man with AI seem to know no bounds, but what happens once everything unknown has been eliminated?

 

sunrise, 2010

Patrick Borchers

8:39 min

 

Nutsmasté, 2022

Henrike Daum

1:18 min

 

Plant Songs 3: Wegwarte / Blue dandelion, 2021

Helmut Dick

2:15 min

The starting point of PLANT SONGS are whistled, self-composed melodies for three specific plants. With prayer mill-like movements, the work stands between homage and self-forgetfulness and refers to the limits of human perception and communication in relation to other life forms / plants.

 

GROSSE VÖGEL, KLEINE VÖGEL, 2022

Andreas Drewer

2:30 min

A flat mesh basket is attached to the corner of a railing. A blackbird hops in from the left and begins to eat the bird food in the basket. The blackbird flies away again and immediately a pigeon appears from the left and a blue tit from the front at the feeding place. The blue tit disappears again after a short time when a crow flies in from the right. In another scene, however, the three dissimilar birds can be seen very close and peaceful together. “Disputes” arise exclusively between two pigeons: one pigeon is repeatedly chased away from the feeder by another, flapping its wings.

 

healing grounds, 2013

Kim Dotty Hachmann & Ginny Sykes

3:00 min

healing grounds shows the rapid changes in Berlin-Friedrichshain. In a short time, the so-called “brownfields”, free urban green spaces, were replaced by exclusive apartment and residential buildings. The video documents an intervention in public space in which we poetically draw attention to the deficits of urban planning. The artists express their protest against this development with a ceremony in which they prepare the ground of the Freudenberg site for its future purpose. A 10 x 10 metre floor work made of spices is created.

 

Schwere Waffen (SPz Marder 1A3), 2022

Uwe Jonas

4:16 min

Following on from my childhood memories of model building, mostly World War II fighter aircraft, I looked into the question of what heavy weapons might be. From a well-known kit manufacturer I ordered four that might fit this category and assembled them one by one The assembly of the SPz Marder 1A3 is shown here.

 

Heikegani, 2019

Yuki Jungesblut

5:00 min

A lonely crab moves to the incessant beat of abstracted classical dance music (Ravel‘s Bolero). The crab becomes a performer, fighting with, courting its own mirror image. It laments its eternal anger.

The Heikegani (Heikeopsis japonica) is a species of crab native to Japan, with a shell that bears a pattern resembling a human face which some believed to be the face of an angry samurai. It is a local legend that these crabs are reincarnations of the Heike warriors defeated at the Battle of Dan-no-ura (close to Kitakyushu) as told in The Tale of the Heike.

Contemplating the distorted pattern on the back of the crab along with his actions, the viewer is left to wonder about what might be anger, what might be evil, all that is „böse“ …, and how it might evolve.

In an installation context the video is presented in conjunction with a poem by Bertold Brecht: Die Maske des Bösen

 

Duet for flute and violin, 2020

Peter Kees

2:49 min

The video ‘Duet for flute and violin’ by Peter Kees shows the destruction of two instruments. A violin and a flute are pressed together one after the other like a car in a scrap press – literally flattened, subjected to a pressure that cannot be escaped. During the collapse, the body of sound emits noises, those last tonal “breaths” – not music, but sounds of destruction. “I made a video in which a violin is pressed, perhaps as a kind of commentary on the treatment of the arts in the Corona period. I was very shocked by how the arts were subsumed between brothels and sauna landscapes.I definitely felt that was a disregard,”, as Peter Kees comments on the video.

 

Den Opfern künftiger Kriege, 2015

Ruppe Koselleck

2:14 min

 

Die Liebe zum Kopffüßler in 3 Akten, 2021

Petra Lottje

5:30 min

I decided to use a character drawn by small children when they start drawing people. In 3 episodes I tell in simple form what can happen when a childhood does not go well. Originally it was the story of a German artist, Horst Janssen. It can be transferred to many, mostly male characters. When slights are not dealt with (scene 1) the child in the man challenges the conflict (scene 2). It ends in white noise – episode 3.

 

Mein Tagebuch, 2016-2020

Hanako Miyamoto

7:18 min

 

landscape 1, 2015

Matthias Roth

8:30 min

 

Bar Stories, 2019

Stock‘n‘Wolf

3:27 min

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Responsive Curating

Anjana Kothamachu, Antonia Low, Ina Ettlinger, Hans HS Winkler, Harish V Mallappanavar, Rasso Rottenfußer, Vichar B N, Vineesh Amin

Curatorial Team: Ralf Homann, Uwe Jonas, Suresh Kumar, Surekha

The exhibition Responsive Curating Opens on 5 April 2022 at 7pm and, until 15 June 2022, gives a glimpse of the “results” of the “Responsive Curating” of the Indian/German edition.

Imagine that the exhibition space is something like an end device, for example a mobile phone, and the exhibition consists of a data package that downloads and unpacks itself in the space: depending on the size and context of the exhibition space, the artworks change during their installation. “Responsive Curating” experiments with the “exhibition” as a “universal medium” that can communicate in any place. An experimental arrangement with surprising results, especially in view of the current challenges of a pandemic. In the face of limited cultural life, the artists do not rely on a digitalisation of representation strategies or on repackaging in online formats. “Responsive Curating” at studio im HOCHHAUS relies entirely on the power of visual art in physical space and the direct experience and in-depth engagement of visitors with the individual works. Works that certainly deal with the new challenge of a digital culture, global economy and the associated field of tension between identity and universalism. With a view to ecological issues, neither artist travel nor art transport was necessary for the international exhibition. Instead, the curatorial concept of “Responsive Curating” revisits formal principles of instruction-based art of the 1960s, but follows contemporary requirements: These include, for example, the sketching of instructions with vector sizes or the responsive design of the individual objects in the exhibition space. Based on the artistic instructions, the works are realised again for each exhibition venue and recycled in the local material cycle after the end of the exhibition. The aura of the artwork is deliberately not created. The studio im HOCHHAUS is the third stop of “Responsive Curating” after the Venkatappa Art Gallery in the South Indian mega-metropolis Bengaluru 2019 (Exhibition on Flash Drive) and the Kunstraum München 2020.

On display are works by Anjana Kothamachu (Bengaluru), Antonia Low (Berlin & Stuttgart), Ina Ettlinger (Munich), Hans HS Winkler (Berlin), Harish V Mallappanavar (Haveri), rasso rottenfusser (Riva del Garda and Munich, Vichar B N (Bengaluru) and Vineesh Amin (Bengaluru). The artworks are based on the artists’ digital instructions and were specially produced in Munich for the exhibition. They question, among other things, the change of time through the Corona pandemic, the function of original and copy on the global art market, the role expectations of or wishful projections on artists and the political possibilities of shaping in diversified globalised and postcolonial contexts.

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Picture: Co-op City

What is possible?

“For years, rents and purchase prices for flats (and commercial premises) have been rising to ever more dizzying heights. The supply of (still) affordable accommodation is becoming increasingly scarce and, for some, partly out of reach. Even for those who have a flat, it is becoming more and more difficult to pay the rising rents and to deal with the fear of losing their own flat – for whatever reason. In the face of this problem, we want to look for possibilities that have already been realised somewhere in the world and could show us an exemplary way for a solution, or maybe just utopian to theoretical thoughts on the matter.”

This text, already written in 2021, seems almost unreal, except for the theoretical/utopian. In Berlin, around it and (almost) everywhere, housing is expensive and getting more expensive. However, there are no longer any opportunities to break new ground, for example through building groups, cooperatives, micro-apartments or houses, or classic social housing, because the prices for land and building are rising immeasurably. All those who were not fortunate enough to have sufficient means to acquire property or who simply did not want to do so are increasingly confronted with the question of how they can continue to pay for their (rented) housing. The people who no longer manage to do so quickly find themselves on the outer fringes of society. These are the ones who ask us for money in the underground, camp out on the street or use shopping trolleys to transport their belongings. An exhibition in Munich logically asks: “Who’s next?” (Architekturmuseum der TUM, until 6 February 2022) Beyond that, we ask: “What then?”.

It is true that there are ways in which societies can deal with homelessness by creating alternative housing options, so-called inclusive projects that allow the “normal” and the “failed” lifeworlds to overlap. One example is the Viennese “VinziRast-mittendrin” by gaupenraub+, which accommodates homeless people and students together and also establishes a public café in the building, which points in the right direction. But these are individual measures.
Attention must therefore be paid to individual solutions, i.e. informal housing on the edges of usable areas, which are also becoming fewer and fewer, especially in Berlin. In the agglomeration called “slum”, these irregular buildings can certainly form appealing settlements – and be temporarily liveable, even idyllic.

A search for solutions for people who have become homeless and are exposed to the manifold hardships of this situation is on the agenda. There is a need to think anew and to build anew: How about building on the Tempelhofer Feld? How many people could be accommodated there? And how can building be sensible in the future, also in view of the “climate change”? Here, the project at the former Tegel Airport, the Schumacher Quarter, is certainly groundbreaking. More questions than answers remain, but we want to and must continue to consider what the future of housing in Berlin can look like so that everyone can afford it.
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Picture: Peter Herlitze, 1980

Peter Herlitze, one from here

The exhibition with Peter Herlitze opens on 26 January 2022 and provides an insight into the work of an artist from Neu-Hohenschönhausen, precisely “one from here”, until 29 March 2022. On Sunday 30 January there will be a soft opening from 2 to 6 p.m., the artist will be present.

With the exhibition of Peter Herlitze‘s work, the studio im HOCHHAUS is taking a new approach. Not only is an artist being exhibited who lives “around the corner” in Neu-Hohenschönhausen, but he has also only ever pursued his artistic work alongside his profession as a graphic designer.

Nowadays, artists like to talk about their “bread and butter job” that keeps them going. Peter Herlitze, on the other hand, decided early on to continue to pursue his passion for visual art alongside his creative gainful employment. Since the early 1970s, this has resulted in a broad, diverse body of work ranging from relief prints to watercolour, oil and acrylic paintings to woodcarvings. The “bread job” partly influenced this, in which, for example, texts to the pictures played an important role. The studio in the HOCHHAUS exhibits a selection of Peter Herlitze’s work without pursuing a retrospective intention. The aim is to show the breadth of the work and to read it in the context of its creation.

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Videos by Roman Pfeffer

Vienna contemporary, 2015, 2:46 min

“The Collector” Roman Pfeffer as he cuts Aldo Giannotti’s work out of the exhibition bunk unannounced at Vienna Contemporary 2015.

At the Vienna Contemporary art fair, Aldo Gianotti draws a chainsaw on the wall of the exhibition bunk and puts the words ‘This drawing can be taken for free if the collector comes with a chainsaw and saws the piece off the wall’ underneath.

Roman Pfeffer takes the instruction seriously and cuts until he is finally stopped….

Waiting, 2011, 3:18 min

The short video “Waiting” from 2011, looped without a recognisable beginning and end, shows the artist as a waiter. He holds two glasses in his hand, two off-screen water hoses continually fill them and cause them to overflow. The static camera demands running images, but the artist stands frozen and imprisoned in the corset of propriety; there is no plot development and no narrative depiction. In “Waiting”, Roman Pfeffer describes an attitude between concentration and compulsion, “the manifestation of a certain moment that results in a standstill – actually a state”. Expectations of art, artist and medium are not fulfilled here, the time-image becomes a governor of denial.

The Last Supper, 2009, 1:20 min

Cooperation project “The Last Supper” with Aldo Giannotti, 2009, he transforms well-known motifs from art and cultural history. With its change of state and reinterpretation, the work becomes a metaphor for questions about change, the passage of time and rhythm.

The motif is reminiscent of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper”, which is considered a milestone of Renaissance painting due to its depth of perspective. Roman Pfeffer gives a new twist to the seemingly familiar motif of the – still empty – table. After a moment of silence – a sequence of about 30 seconds – movement enters the picture in a flash for a second and at the same time the room is filled with a loud clattering.

13 white plates, 13 glasses, 13 sets of cutlery fall from above onto the table and shatter with a loud noise – then absolute silence returns. As soon as the rocking movement of the last shards has frozen, the image goes out and starts again. The video thematises the meal – suggested by the image of the table – as a ritual act, in which Jesus’ statement “One of you will betray me” symbolically introduces a new twist.

“The Last Supper” is a manifestation of a specific moment that changes the situation and documents a new state. The viewer is taken by surprise, the speed of the action leaves little time to reflect on what is seen, the familiar aspects come together like the shards to form a new image.

Brain Twister (Autogyrocopter), 2015, 2:25 min

In the work, Brain Twister (Autogyrocopter), Pfeffer works with a 17.5-metre-long wooden rowing boat, depriving it of its original function. In the middle of Vienna’s Prater, the artist stands on a pedestal and places the boat on his head. With the help of the wind, the rowing boat slowly turns around its own axis. Through this seemingly simple intervention, the boat is transformed into a propeller.

Even though Pfeffer’s interventions often make a sober and simple impression, the re-functioning of the boat involved a great deal of effort. The result is a whimsical and at the same time beautiful image that releases poetic associations in the viewer.

The Restricted Conference, 2011, 6 min

Cooperation project Roman Pfeffer/Markus Hofer

It was not foreseeable that the current situation of chronic restriction or even cancellation of meetings would give this work a surprising topicality. The first scene of the film shows an empty room. A functional conference table spreads out on a worn wooden floor: lacquered wooden top, two solid metal legs, four openings for cabling, a push-button telephone. That’s all, no chairs. In the back wall, however, a row of sockets: what was negotiated at this table was to be connectable, was to have an effect into the distance. No doubt, important decisions were made here. Finally, both artists step in, quickly changing close-ups accompany their practised hand movements and cast a spell. Calculatingly, they measure. As if it were a show trial or a ritualised execution, the destructive work takes its course. Nothing connects this form of dismantling with the blind aggression of the Viennese actionists Friedrich Achleitner and Gerhard Rühm, who smashed a piano on an open stage in April 1959 amid deafening noise. Roman Pfeffer and Markus Hofer are not concerned with vandalism, but with transformation. We watch this act from the distant proximity of a scientist. Via camera and without sound, the observer status is oriented towards purely visual experience. Sparks of white flames spray as the hacksaw starts. Glue dripping with teeth indicates the turn. At the end, the table has disappeared, but there is no shattered debris in front of us. Instead, we see two identical chairs and the telephone. Only the round openings in their backrests and some unadorned edges betray their genesis from second-hand material and remind us of the fictitious paper worlds of a Thomas Demand.

Untiteld, 2006, 4:18 min

A little story about the idea: He who digs himself a hole….

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Picture: Pia Linz, Zingster Straße 25, 2020

25 August to 10 November 2021

Matthias Beckmann, Patrick Borchers, Bea Davies, Jorn Ebner, Juliane Laitzsch, Pia Linz, Christoph Peters

aufzeichen

Drawing as documentation

The exhibition “aufzeichnen”, co-curated by Matthias Beckmann, provides an insight into “drawing documentation”.

Using seven artistic positions as examples, the exhibition shows drawing as a contemporary artistic medium of documentation. Approaches, formats and techniques are as diverse as the perspectives of the draughtsmen and women. Some of them will reject the term documentation because it only refers to a part of their work.

Places are meticulously described in extensive series of drawings. The comic lets pictures and texts tell stories. The trace of the pen can trace movements and actions. Black dots in their condensation bring out the beauty of Japanese tea bowls. Drawing is texture and deals with texture. Territories are explored, measured and recorded. With suitable networks of lines, treasures can be lifted from the floods of media images. And it is always true that drawing, like seeing, is an act of interpretation. There is no such thing as unintentional seeing, pure documentation.

Matthias Beckmann

“Matthias Beckmann draws on location. He needs no other model than the situation he is aiming at. He grasps it in his seeing, indeed, it seems as if he exposes the obvious lineature as if in a kind of skeletal solarisation. The X-ray vision necessary for this seems innate. Effortlessly, he penetrates the confusing distractions of the coloured light-darkness, leaving behind a net-like concentrate that forgets nothing important. Details are discernible, front and back, near and far create the space, objects, shadow gaps or the grain of the wood are translated accordingly in the outlines that present themselves. A structural plausibility holds sway, always a little on the edge of ornamental realism. Despite the seemingly automatic transfer work, there is the ability to ignore, to overlook, which again and again provides the leaves with beautiful open spaces, or natural weightings. Only the most necessary things are captured. In any case, these drawings seem to be suspended in white.” (Reinhard Ermen, Matthias Beckmann, Kunstforum International, vol. 231, 2015, title: Zeichnen zur Zeit VII, p. 166)

Matthias Beckmann was born in Arnsberg in 1965 and lives as a draughtsman in Berlin. He studied at the art academies in Düsseldorf and Stuttgart. His strictly linear works are created without photographic aids or preparatory sketches directly in front of the motif. He has also been working on animated films for several years. His artistic work has been supported, among other things, by a working scholarship from the Kunstfonds Bonn, a foreign scholarship from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia for Paris, a scholarship from the Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, the Casa Baldi scholarship in Olevano Romano and a working stay in the studio of the state of Upper Austria in the Salzamt Linz. Matthias Beckmann’s works can be found in many graphic collections, e.g. in Berlin, Bonn, Bremen, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Oberhausen or Wuppertal.

Patrick Borchers

“Borchers’ drawings are images of fragmented experience of reality that can no longer be conveyed in a simple, central-perspective narrative. We stand in front of the picture as if in a Japanese Zen garden and are unable to grasp the totality of the composition, the exact number of stones on the gravel bed, wherever we stand, the overall picture is not complete.” (From: “Baby elephants and dead terrorists – on Patrick Borchers’ image-analytical hieroglyphics of the present.”, Jan-Philipp Fruehsorge, p.3, 2017)

Patrick Borchers was born in 1975, is a draughtsman and video artist. He lives and works in Hagen and Dortmund. After studying art and special education at the University of Dortmund, he attended the class of Timm Ulrichs at the Kunstakademie Münster. His works have been shown in numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad, for example in Kyoto and Osaka in 2008, at OK Offenes Kulturhaus OÖ in Linz in 2011, in two exhibitions at Museum Folkwang Essen in 2014, at Dortmunder U – Zentrum für Kunst und Kreativität in 2016 and at Osthaus Museum Hagen in 2019. In addition to his own artistic work, he is an artistic assistant in the graphics department at TU Dortmund University.

Bea Davies

“Drawing on location is my way of diving deep into the ‘here’ and ‘now’, an escape route from our subjective bubble, an access to the reality that surrounds us.

Drawing sequences of images, movements, colours and sounds that have just happened in front of my eyes has an unadorned immediacy that is hard to find in other media.

For my reportage, I combine drawing on location with the sequential storytelling typical of comics, with the aim of bringing readers as close as possible to the situations and events depicted and offering them a personal approach.”

Beatrice Davies, born in Italy in 1990, has lived in Berlin since 2012 and works as a freelance illustrator and comic artist, among others for the homeless newspaper Strassen|feger. Supported by a scholarship, she began her artistic training at the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2010. After stays in Colombia and Italy, she moved to Berlin with her husband and child. In 2015, she began studying visual communication at the weissensee kunsthochschule berlin. In 2016, she receives the Comic Invasion Berlin sponsorship award and the Mart Stam scholarship. In 2018 she is accepted by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. Her first graphic novel “Der König der Vagabunden” (The King of the Vagabonds), with which she is among the finalists for the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung Comic Award in 2019, is published by avant-verlag in the same year. In 2020, Jaja-Verlag will publish an anthology of her autobiographical comics under the title “A Child’s Journey”.

Jorn Ebner

“The mental space of drawing consists of layers of matter and time. Transformations (of memory). Drawing in my work is analogue and digital, on paper or as sound. The triptych “08.12.1980” was created in 2014 after I had acoustically traced the places where the Beatles had demonstrably stayed at the beginning of their career in Hamburg in my online sound project “(The Beatles) in Hamburg” (2011/2012) [http://wwwthedeatlesinhamburg.com/]. John Lennon’s death has such a permanently strong reverberation in my life that I wanted to transpose Yoko, John and the Dakota Building, in front of which Lennon was shot, as drawings”.

Jorn Ebner was born in 1966 in Bremerhaven, lives in Berlin. Studies: Masters in English Literature, History and Art History, University of Hamburg (1990-95), BA (Hons) Liberal Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London (1995-98), Corso Superiore di arti visivi – Allan Kaprow, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como (1997), AHRC Research Fellowship, University of Newcastle upon Tyne School of Art (2002-05). Recent projects: Kunst + Kommunikation 2020 project grant, Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst; AiR Niederösterreich 2019, Krems [AT], International solo exhibitions and participations: including Kunstverein Bochum; Laura Mars, Berlin; Museo de arte contemporaneo de Bogota [CO]; Vane, Newcastle upon Tyne [UK]. Publications by the publishing house The Green Box, Berlin.

Juliane Laitzsch

Seen up close

Juliane Laitzsch’s artistic work is motivated by the curiosity to understand things in their becoming and passing. How do things change over time and how do the corresponding images develop in our minds?

Starting from an examination of historical textiles, currently textile fragments from Egypt in late antiquity, she asks about time; about the time that inscribes itself in the material of the textiles and about the time that becomes legible in the medial mediation of the objects, in texts and photographs. The drawings follow her observations, they reproduce documents relating to the objects and they document their own process of creation. Drawing serves Juliane Laitzsch as a medium of approach and slowing down. In doing so, her drawing technique varies from the most precise representation possible to scribbling on a telephone. Her attention is focused on the process of drawing, its momentum, its rhythms, resonances and feedbacks.

Juliane Laitzsch was born in 1964 in Nuremberg, she studied sculpture in Bremen and at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. She has received working scholarships from the Berlin Senate, the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Graduate School of the UdK Berlin and the VW Foundation, among others. In 2019, her works were shown in the exhibition “Original Bauhaus” at the Berlinische Galerie and in 2020 in the exhibition “Seen Up Close” at the Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg. Currently Juliane Laitzsch is realising an artistic dissertation at the Kunstuni Linz, supervised by Thomas Macho, and is a member of the PhD programme “Epistemologies of Aesthetic Practices” in Zurich.

Pia Linz

I usually begin the “site-specific drawing projects” by surveying the site with footsteps. Using the survey numbers, I weave an area plan with freehand pencil lines drawn from a coordinate system I have laid out on the lower and right edges of the paper surface. I now work directly on the spot with a tracing board. Drawing and writing, I situate my observations made over long periods of time from countless pedestrian perspectives in the plan and thus compare them in an overall view.

“In front of us are drawn miniature worlds, parallel realities, begotten by Pia Linz. Here, objective writing is paired with tacit knowledge, the implicit knowledge that is in the hand and is activated in the drawing process. This ambivalence is what is fascinating about the “place-based drawing projects”. They stand on the edge of ontological doubt and shake the foundations of the buildings. For these drawings not only open up a trivial spatial illusion, but also touch the border where the real and the imaginary meet. The laws of surface are outwitted, surface and depth are interchanged. In this drawing, fiction and fantasy meet with scientific research and mathematical precision. The boundaries of being and appearance, of inside and outside, of proximity and distance become blurred. Pia Linz’s drawing is the in-between, she captures it.” Mechthild Haas, (“Pia Linz”, exhibition catalogue: “JE MEHR ICH ZEICHNE. ZEICHNUNG ALS WELTENTWURF”, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, 2010)

Pia Linz was born in Kronberg i.T. in 1964 and studied painting and graphics at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. Her work is represented internationally in exhibitions and public collections. Various scholarships have taken her to Rome (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, 1989/90), London (Hessische Kulturstiftung, 2005/06) and New York (Berliner Senatskanzlei-Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, 2010/2011), among others. In 2015, she was awarded the HAP Grieshaber Prize by VG Bild-Kunst for her work. Since 2016, she has been a professor of drawing at the Berlin-Weißensee School of Art.

Christoph Peters

Tea bowls, nothing else.

In November 2019, I visited an exhibition at the Urasenke Tea School Museum in Kyoto, which featured famous vessels for the tea ceremony as well as 17th and 18th century manuscripts with simple drawings of the objects on display.

Since I have been working intensively with Japanese tea ceramics for more than twenty years and had been looking for a new approach to my own drawing work for quite some time, I combined the two during the exhibition and came up with the idea of approaching some of the tea bowls I had collected over time in drawing. After months of experimenting, I decided on the technique of dot hatching, because on the one hand it allows great precision, and on the other hand it dispenses with anything superficially individual.

To draw, I place the respective bowl on a pedestal at eye level and illuminate it as evenly as possible. Drawing is both a scanning of the contours and surfaces with eye and pencil and an approach to the invisible behind it.

Christoph Peters was born in Kalkar on the Lower Rhine in 1966. From 1988 to 1994 he studied painting at the Karlsruhe Art Academy with H.E. Kalinowski and G. Neusel, finally as a master student of Meuser. He then worked for five years as an air passenger control officer at Frankfurt Airport. Since 2000 he has been living in Berlin as a writer and illustrator.

Most recently, he published the novels “Das Jahr der Katze” (2018) and “Dorfroman” (2020), the story collection “Selfie mit Sheikh” (2017), as well as the essay “Diese wunderbare Bitterkeit – Leben mit Tee” (2016). His work has received numerous awards, including the Aspekte Literature Prize in 1999, the Friedrich Hoelderlin Prize in 2016 and the Wolfgang Koeppen Literature Prize in 2018.

Parts of his collection of Japanese ceramics were on display in the exhibition “Among Friends” at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, in 2019/20.

In 2020, the Otto Ubbelohde House, Goßfelden, showed tea bowls and drawings. The exhibition was accompanied by the catalogue “Teeschalen, sonst nichts”.

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9 June to 18 August 2021

Matias Bechtold and Maike Sander
Other worlds

Matias Bechtold and Maike Sander show a world made of cardboard in the studio im HOCHHAUS. While Maike Sander focuses on bird sculptures for this exhibition, Matias Bechtold creates cityscapes.
The exhibition “Other Worlds” provides an insight into the artistic possibilities inherent in the mundane material.

Matias Bechtold’s works are fascinating because they inspire the imagination both through mega-structures and as models of entire cityscapes or of gigantic buildings. At the same time, they are so rich in detail that one can literally lose oneself in them while looking at them and forget that it is a model. For this special experience between vision, illusion and realism, however, it is not only the uniformity of the material from which they are made that plays an important role. Above all, the consistent facture of its processing, in which the material is almost made to disappear, is essential. In their conceptual and artistic coherence, Bechtold’s works indeed bring to view worlds all their own, which comment critically and ironically on or purposefully transcend the world we live in.” (Laura Mars, 2015)

Mathias Bechtold, born in Ibiza in 1955, builds models of houses and entire cityscapes out of packaging in the broadest sense. He layers skyscrapers with curious interiors out of cake wrappers or sushi boxes, cities and islands out of cardboard. Partly fictitious or inspired by literature, such as Alfred Kubin, or based on existing things as a projection into a future. This is how cities like Cologne or Berlin with skyscrapers and futuristic traffic routes have come into being and how Ibiza has grown together into a single urban mesh.

Maike Sander puts things in relation to people. And lo and behold – things are livelier than we thought. The hoover, asthmatic, earns its mercy, whether it still sucks or not. The fish: a living being, not just a tasty display in the fish shop. The monkey: ditto – and? Doesn’t he look a bit like Uncle Herbert? In this way, chairs also become something like relatives, brother and sister. You don’t have to love each other to be related, that happens in the best families. These chairs are rarely moved, they move within themselves and groan under the weight of human beings.
(…) The material used by Sander, paper, cardboard and algae, is ephemeral per se. You cannot own the chairs and armchairs; they are clearly characterised as artistic artefacts with no practical value. Instead, they convey an idea of transient being, of the respective individual, which is unique and unrepeatable.
(…) Perhaps that is the nature of things as well as of people: ageing, constant change. Maike Sander’s sculptures sharpen our view of things and people anew, subtly conveying a respect that makes us aware of a possible new sustainability that affects not only our relationship to things but also to other people”. (Martin Stather)

Maike Sander, born in Lüneburg in 1965, has been working with this material in her sculptural work for a long time. In addition to animals, which she usually creates in original sizes and sometimes brings to life with other materials, such as algae, she also uses everyday objects as models. She has created entire furnishings, from chairs to beds to bathrobes, out of cardboard. The obvious fragility creates a special atmosphere that would be comparable to a museality, but also immediately breaks it.
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