post-title EGO vs. ECO – a juxtaposition | EIGENHEIM Berlin | 04.05.-22.06.2019

EGO vs. ECO – a juxtaposition | EIGENHEIM Berlin | 04.05.-22.06.2019

EGO vs. ECO – a juxtaposition | EIGENHEIM Berlin | 04.05.-22.06.2019

EGO vs. ECO – a juxtaposition | EIGENHEIM Berlin | 04.05.-22.06.2019

until 22.06. | #2488ARTatBerlin  | EIGENHEIM Berlin presents from 4 May 2019 the exhibition EGO vs. ECO – a juxtaposition.

Artists: Gökçen Dilek Acay, Christoph Blankenburg, Benedikt Braun, Fanny Josefine Dehnkamp, The Data Driven Objects Project, Francis Kamprath, Kaspar Elias Kimmel, Barbara Nemitz, Nina Röder, Stefan Schiek, Theresa Schubert, Julia Scorna, José Taborda, Moritz Wehrmann.

Framework programm: 10.-11.5.2019 Liveübertragung von Programmpunkten des Symposiums der Professur für Sozialwissenschaftliche Stadtforschung Postwachstumstadt – Perspektiven des sozial-ökologischen Wandels der Stadtgesellschaft / 07.06.2019 um 19 Uhr Francis Kamprath – Der Meistergedanke. – eine Lecture Performance zur Rolle der Mazdaznan-Lehre in den ersten Jahren des Bauhauses / 13.06.2019 um 19 Uhr Theresa Schubert – milieu #04, Performance / 22.06.2019 um 19 Uhr Christoph Blankenburg – Lecture Performance Rennsteig Flimmern 2 und Musik zur Finissage der Ausstellung (weitere Informationen zum Rahmenprogramm unter weiterlesen)

The ego is subject to a multitude of concepts and ideas – in modern philosophy, analytical psychology or sociology. All these perspectives, however, share the same insight: the ego can only be understood in relation to its environment. Ego is juxtaposed with Eco. A term that describes the relationships between all living beings and their environment. Ego vs. Eco thus examines the interplay between the human individual and the environment.
Climate change, environmental devastation and endangered species? I alone can‘t change that! An argument that is often used and that needs to be reconsidered. Because the individual is responsible for global ecological and social contexts. Ego vs. Eco has become an internet wide known formula that describes the relationship of human beings to the environment. So how do we sensitize individuals to the interrelationships of the world? What effects does man have on our ecosystem today? What is the individual‘s responsibility? How does he connect what he does with what he knows? At the end there is the question: What kind of society do we want to live in?

A question that also played a central role at the Bauhaus a hundred years ago. Today, however, the search for the answer does not focus on the needs of the post-war and industrialized society, but rather on the necessity of sustainability and environmental awareness. The exhibition Ego vs. Eco wants to refer to this and compiles artistic works by students, alumni, employees and professors of the Bauhaus University Weimar, who deal with the responsibility of the individual towards his environment.  As a showcase for the Bauhaus-University Weimar on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, EIGENHEIM Weimar/Berlin is keen to present the multitude of teaching areas of the university and the interdisciplinary approach of teaching.

The vocabulary used ranges from bitterly serious to poetic to sarcastic. The photographs by Nina Röder show self-portraits next to melting glaciers from her Iceland series „um að hverfa – über das Verschwinden“ („um að hverfa – about disappearance“), which was created last year, Kaspar Elias Kimmel shows the tank of a VW transporter, which with the help of a butcher‘s hook, reminds us of half a cow in a slaughterhouse. Benedikt Braun presents sixteen spanking paddles with the inscription WELTVERBESSERUNG („World Improvement“), which want to educate their potential victim for good by force. The collective „The Data Driven Objects Project“ created a drum which is connected via a network to the Geiger counter of a nuclear power plant. The higher the rash of the meter, the faster the drum roll of the musical instrument.  A video by influencer Polly, faked by Fanny Josefine Dehnkamp, shows us in a disturbingly curious way how the current trend towards self-optimisation through healthy eating can be reduced to absurdity.  The Chair of Biotechnology in Resource Management shows a cylindrical catalyst that is used to test the conditions under which most biogas can be obtained from pig manure. This will ultimately be used to investigate how efficient micro sewage treatment plants can be for single-family houses.

In this way, the spectrum ranges from threatening contexts for society as a whole, such as global warming or groundwater pollution, to the very personal questioning of one‘s own standard of living in an affluent society.


As part of the second exhibition of EIGENHEIM Berlin as the official showcase of the Bauhaus University Weimar on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, various accompanying events will expand the site into a lively space for discourse and network nodes:

07.06.2019 / 7 pm – LECTURE PERFORMANCE – Francis Kamprath – The Master Thought
(A Lecture Performance on the Role of Mazdaznan Teaching in the First Years of the Bauhaus / 60 min)
In a lecture performance, Francis Kamprath gives an insight into the teachings of the Mazdaznan. This mixed religion, founded around 1900 in the USA, is composed of Zarathustrian, Christian and Hindu elements. At the core of the lecture is the question of how influential life science was in the early years of the Weimar Bauhaus. For Johannes Itten, as head of the preliminary courses, initially had a free hand in his teaching. As an enthusiastic follower of the Mazdaznan, he incorporated methods such as vegetarian nutrition, meditation, physical exercise and singing into his teaching in order to follow the idea of the “New Man”. However, the Mazdaznan hardly play a role in today’s reading of the historical Bauhaus.
In this counter-narrative, the underlying ideologies are critically examined using numerous original sources from the early twentieth century, but some concrete practices are also pointed out and tested in the group. Please register at: //

13.06.2019 / 7 pm – PERFORMANCE – Theresa Schubert – milieu #04 
(agar agar, yeast, peptone, glass, human feet, microbes, voice, text)
The performance consists of a text written and recited by the artist, the site-specific use of architecture in space, the imprinting of her bare feet into a prepared microbiological growth medium, a walk through Charlottenburg with bare feet, and finally the impression of these feet on the other side of the growth underground.
Will their microbiome be different from the surrounding environment? Even the simplest questions are the most difficult when asked against the background of the microbiome. Not only philosophically, but also biologically. The human microbiome is a perfect example of how biology and philosophy merge into existential investigations.

22.06.2019 / 7 pm – LECTURE PERFORMANCE – Christoph Blankenburg – Rennsteig Flickern 2
(Lecture performance for the video work “Rennsteig Flimmern 2” (100 min, color, DCP, 16:9, stereo, 2019) and music for the finissage of the exhibition)
The experimental travelling films Rennsteig Flickern I & Rennsteig Flimmern II deal with the cultural location of the Rennsteig and the documentary immersion in the forest and its stereotypes. An artistic approach to the “Runst” – the migration of the Rennsteig – explores a new area. The focus on the performative explores the boundary between intervention and authenticity.

Ausstellungsdaten: Samstag, 4. Mai bis Samstag, 22. Juni 2019 

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