Posts Tagged ‘Berlin’

Youth and Roses

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

“Youth and Roses”, installation in November 2009 at Uhrwerk, Kolonie Wedding, Berlin

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A semi-transparent summer tent, insect proof, and itself like a cocoon, invites you to lie down and muse about the getting younger and the getting older. The deeper you are stretching yourself into the tent and letting the soul breathe a sigh of relief, the younger you suddenly feel.

Photos: Agnes Domke

A tent made of wooden battens and gauze curtains with pillows inside includes many stages of human development. In its canopy hang objects of my childhood, that are joined with texts, little secrets, childhood memories. Through headphones you can hear a text that throws light on years of youth and adulthood of mine.

Material: wooden battens, gauze curtains, pillows, fabric, birchbark, vinyl, guitar string, cardboard cubes, plastic cube, flannels, stopwatch, alarm clock, tube of glue and other memory items from plastic, paper, cardboard and wood

Maphorion

Friday, September 11th, 2009

“Maphorion”, installation in September 2009 at Loophole, Berlin Neukölln

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In the window of a former brothel is enthroned a Maphorion Madonna (Madonna with protective coat). First there was found a hole in the wall at the occasion of a renovation. It soon emerged into the size of a grot, inside where obviously colours grew in fast motion like elsewhere gems would do over centuries.
The place became a pilgrimage site, particularly as the Madonna under her coat provides protection and survival tips.

Audiofile: SchutzMantelMadonna-MP3

Photos: Agnes Domke

The Madonna is modelled on the example of a Ukrainian Maphorion icon. Her coat is about the size of a comfortable 2 – person tent (diameter: 2.5 meters, overall height: 2.70 meters). There are cushions on the bottom of her coat, where one can sit or lie down while listening to the audio files (a conversation about art and prostitution, and a dream text) with headphones.
Inside her coat banners are attached to give tips on what to do in case of a nervous breakdown.
She is a Maphorionmadonna for artists, prostitutes and lunatics.

Materials: wire, cardboard, cloth

The Final Door

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

“The Final Door”, installation and performance in January 2006, Old Mosque, Berlin Kreuzberg / in collaboration with Christian Richter

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This action took place at the end of winter and had the intention to overcome the death in oneself. One gets rid of an inner ballast and proceeds through a door in a not quite an unhindered way. Purified by this process, one is looking at the world behind with different eyes.

Fotos: Derek Szteliga

A door was the starting point for my installation. There was a kind of check in by an angel (Christian Richter) and the death (represented by me) to a fictional final door. The people were asked, if they would like to give it a try and to walk through this special final door. To avoid agitation they were assured that they could return at any time. Before entering the door they would only have to fill in a form and bury it in the sand in front of the door. The angel wishes them a good journey. They entangle themselves in white curtains and find themselves in the middle of the roaring Kreuzberg night (the beyond). Friendly waving through the windows the death accompanies them back to the entrance, and everything can start all over again.

Materials: fabrics, sand, paper, roller skates, table and chair

Location / Setting: The group exhibition “ A very public display” at a former mosque, built in the Eighties. The building is situated at the heart of Kreuzberg, a sleazy quarter with a lot of immigrants, dealers, drug addicts and criminals but also students and revolution tourists. On the streets there is always a lot of activity.
The building was accessible from many sides. My installation was situated in a round shaped hall (diameter 15 metres) on the first floor, which had glass windows all around and could be reached throughout stairways from the front and the rear of the building. The floor was covered with blue fitted carped.